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An honest and engaging article about long effort

July 17th, 2010

I meet so many authors like this one — and I have my own unfinished-and-then-finished novel story.  Susanna Daniel on her tortuous about-to-be-published novel.

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Flowers from a happy author

April 22nd, 2010

Literary Agent FlowersThis photo is a lovely bouquet of flowers — one of two, one for my editorial assistant and one for me — sent to Booklab by an author who is happy because we helped him find a literary agent from one of the top three agencies in the United States.  Not all authors send flowers (a shout-out in the book’s acknowledgment section is usually plenty), but this is a great spring reminder that this office focuses on some literary work as well as university press research publishing, in a scholarly-literary ratio of about nine-to-one.  All literary advising is paid for much as one would pay at Georgetown to take a class or a workshop.

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How Do You Work?

February 25th, 2010

I have a longstanding fascination with how writers productive structure their days and specifically their writing time. Many authors on book tour gripe about having to answer question after question about process, sighing and asking what difference it makes, but it does matter. There is such a difference between productive writers, and those who merely discuss writing.

Georgetown fiction writer Matt Maples alerted me to the amazing blog Daily Routines, subtitled “How writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days.” I’ve been reading it for a while now, getting ideas.

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