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Category Archives: Authors & Interviews

Author, Author! How to meet your favorite author

Looking for an author
This entry is part 13 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 13 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Where to find an author Want to meet some authors? Go to the nearest writer’s convention and head for the bar. You laugh. Yet this is a tried and true method whispered among writers in search of famous authors who hold…

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Ten authors I wish I could meet

My early literary influences Creating a list of ten writers I want to meet is not easy. First, there are so many. Second, I’ve already met a lot of writers from attending trade book shows, conferences, workshops, and book signings. Finally, I worked in a bookstore as an event planner and met even more writers…

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Remembering Ray Bradbury: Writers pay tribute to a legend

Speilberg, King, Gaiman and other writers react to Ray Bradbury’s death Many of you probably already know that the great Ray Bradbury has left us. So many writers are offering tributes to him that I wanted to share a few with you. I’ll post my own reflections later. Come back as I’ll continue to add…

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Does your dog read?

Meet Teddy. He dreams of becoming a reading mentor in a READ program. Some call them Reading to Dogs literacy programs, others say Sit, Stay, and Read. Teddy and I learned about these programs a number of years ago and he quickly became immersed in reading to anyone who would listen. Teddy is one of…

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Internet Tools for Writers: JacketFlap networks people in the children’s book industry

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking is here to stay. So if you’re among the thousands of writers who have not made an attempt to tickle any social networks such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter, it’s time. Anyone remotely connected with the children’s book industry should…

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Vincent Bugliosi, author and lawyer, appears on CSPAN’s BookTV’s In Depth this weekend

Celebrated lawyer and writer Vincent Bugliosi will be CSPAN’s BOOK TV’s guest for In Depth on Sunday, November 4 (LIVE from Noon to 3 pm ET). Bugliosi captured the public’s attention during the days of the infamous Manson family. He made his mark in true crime with the famous “Helter Skelter” and has followed up…

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Add a dash of Spunk & Bite to your writing

One of DWP’s favorite authors, Arthur Plotnik, sent me a note saying his fantastic book Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style is now available in trade paperback. This “Son of Spunky” edition has “the same content plus an appended study guide, at a better price. And much shinier.” I urge all…

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Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…

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Murder by the Book, a darkly engaging new series for crime writers and mystery lovers

Court TV opens normally closed windows and allows viewers to peer into the inner landscape of five top crime writers. James Ellroy, Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Michael Connelly and Lisa Scottoline are top in their field, and these crime writers take their story-telling skills to a new level with their deeply-felt reactions to specific crimes…

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Joy: The Love of Reading Leads to the Joy of Writing

I love reading — probably even more than writing — and there is nothing like beginning the day in the company of an author who tickles my brain cells. First thing each morning I grab a book, usually on some aspect of writing, and read for about 15 minutes. By doing this at the start…

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Arthur Plotnik talks about the changing role of editors

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur Plotnik

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur PlotnikArthur Plotnik was kind enough to answer a few questions directly for Down the Writer’s Path. This segment continues an interview that runs the rest of the week. Plotnik is the author of the newly released, Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide…

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Arthur Plotnik on the future of language and style

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur Plotnik

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur PlotnikArthur Plotnik was kind enough to answer a few questions directly for Down the Writer’s Path. This segment continues an interview that runs the rest of the week. Plotnik is the author of the newly released, Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide…

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Arthur Plotnik on the future of e-books

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur Plotnik

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur PlotnikArthur Plotnik was kind enough to answer a few questions directly for Down the Writer’s Path. This segment continues an interview that runs the rest of the week. Plotnik is the author of the newly released, Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide…

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Arthur Plotnik: Why blog?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur Plotnik

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Interview with Arthur PlotnikArthur Plotnik was kind enough to answer a few questions directly for Down the Writer’s Path. This segment continues an interview that runs the rest of the week. Plotnik is the author of the newly released, Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide…

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Arthur Plotnik chats about publishing’s Internet dance

Arthur Plotnik was kind enough to answer a few questions directly for Down the Writer’s Path. This segment is part of an interview that will run the rest of the week. Plotnik is the author of the newly released, Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Punchier, More Engaging Language & Style. Copyright Vikk Simmons,…

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