Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.

When you have something to write, how do you start? Where? With an outline? Or a burst of notes? I didn’t plan it this way, but a large part of my interview with Leonard Mlodinow, bestselling author of Elastic, in the Los Angeles Review of Books doesn't talk about his book. Instead it is about … Continue reading Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.

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Getting published … an author’s stats on herself

Everyone has an opinion about the ordeal of book publishing, but who can you really trust? Only the writers who have actually experienced it. And that applies to Yi Shun Lai, author of the new novel Not A Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu (Shade Mountain Press), although "new" is a misleading term …. Lai is perfectly transparent on her … Continue reading Getting published … an author’s stats on herself

Self-publishing: John Ashbery, Czeslaw Milosz… and you

    A few more points, my friends, about why you might consider self-publishing … if/when you're ready. Here you'll find some statements (in boldface) culled from arguments in a recent Call of the Siren post against self-publishing ("Self-publish, are you crazy?"). Each is followed by a paragraph-length rebuttal that (I hope) provides some understanding ... … Continue reading Self-publishing: John Ashbery, Czeslaw Milosz… and you