5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Writing Conference
Business of Writing | Conference

5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Writing Conference

I distinctly remember the first conference I ever went to.  I still to this day don’t know how I got the mailing list, but a postcard announcing the conference came shortly after I’d made the decision to pursue a publishing career.  It was like I was meant to go. That turned out to be true….

No More Platform Anxiety, Please [Reblog by James Scott Bell]
Business of Writing

No More Platform Anxiety, Please [Reblog by James Scott Bell]

Ever since the word “platform” began floating around publishing circles, a whole bunch of fiction writers shuddered.  Why?  Because though we understood the importance of platform, it seemed the way to it for fiction writers, new ones especially, was going to be much, much harder than for non-fiction writers.  How do you build a platform…

The Worst Rejection in History
Business of Writing | Inspiration

The Worst Rejection in History

In 1968, composer Alex North walked into the New York City premiere of the latest film he had been commissioned to score, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  He was fresh off Oscar nominations for Sparticus, Cleopatra, The Agony and the Ecstasy and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It was another chance for this extraordinary composer’s talent…