Writing

Michelle Ladner: The Social Netmare

I have this recurring night terror. In it I finally write the book. The best book I can write. I query it. There’s real interest. I’m about to get a publishing contract. The operative word being about. Right when I’m preparing to sign my name on that dotted line, my almost Agent-Editor Googles me on a
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Michelle Ladner- A Perspective on Writing Conferences

2013 was perhaps my most ambitious attempt at a writing conference circuit yet. Six conferences, three of those major, in six months—which included Olde City New Blood, Daddy’s Girls’ Weekend, World Horror and Horror Writer’s Associations international conference, International Thriller Writers’ Thrillerfest, and Romance Writers of America’s international conference. For a yet-to-be-published author not on
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From The Atlantic: "'Holy Crap': The Flawed Notion That Novels Can Transcend Genres"

Here’s an excellent article on genre from The Atlantic. Don’t misunderstand the title, though–Berlatzky’s idea here is that genre is in itself a shaky construct. Why is that important? Well, you’ll need to read the article to find out. “That’s why the argument that some books transcend genre is incoherent: Genres aren’t conceptually solid enough
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I don’t hunt, I don’t fish, and I don’t like sports. Never have, and, if the remainder of my life goes the way I hope it will, never will. No “first-or-last hunting-or-fishing trip with grandpa” or “trying out for the team” stories are forthcoming from me. These three facts alone have probably cost me a
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