Welcome to the Call of the Siren, a site that celebrates the craft of writing.
I established this site for two reasons. First, I wanted to continue a regular column that I wrote for the Los Angeles Times for many years while serving as deputy editor of the newspaper’s book and publishing coverage. (To check out that old column, go to this blog’s main page and scroll down the list of “Links.” Near the bottom you’ll see “The Late, Great Siren’s Call,” which gathers a bunch of wonderful books that I covered on the company’s dime.)
On a more important note, this site is for writers. Working writers. I offer services to writers who need manuscript help. I draw on my lengthy experience as a newspaper editor/writer with excellent publishing connections … my current experience as a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books … my current work with several writers on their fiction and nonfiction manuscripts … and my own work on a novel that has taught me so many things (there is no better way to truly understand the challenges of writing a book if you’ve never written one).
I invite you to stay a while. Have a look around. Make yourself comfortable. Reach out if you would like to know more.
— Nick Owchar
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