Don’t Be a Dunce with Your Book: J.K. Toole and First Impressions

It didn't matter that my manuscript had some great stuff near the middle - - if the opening pages weren't very good, no agent or editor would ever bother to keep reading. Does that sound like you? I don't know if you're familiar or not with John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, … Continue reading Don’t Be a Dunce with Your Book: J.K. Toole and First Impressions

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Why the ‘Siren’ Changed Her Name to IC

I've been blogging on my own site since 2012. Why did it take me so long? My day job as deputy book review editor of the Los Angeles Times was full of writing and blogging. When I left the paper, I missed seeing my words in print. I didn't just miss it--I felt like I … Continue reading Why the ‘Siren’ Changed Her Name to IC

Amirite? Has the Digital Age Killed Good Writing?

It doesn't matter if you're posting something only for your friends or advertising your skills to an employer, good writing in the digital age still matters. Amirite? (My auto-correct is fighting me on that word.  It keeps telling me that what I really want to say is "emirate.") BuzzFeed's Emmy Favilla has published a new … Continue reading Amirite? Has the Digital Age Killed Good Writing?