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Archive for December 2008

Resolutions for the New Year

I’ve got plenty! We’re closing in on 2009, and I think it’s going to be a good one for me, and I hope for all of you as well. I know many people pooh-pooh New Year’s resolutions, but I love them. I love that “fresh start” each year. So I’m going public with mine, in…

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Eating Our Way Through New Jersey

  As I wait to hear on my latest book proposal, John and I decided to take a pre-holiday, visiting-relatives-trip to New York and New Jersey. It’s been great, complete with a (small) snowstorm last night. Although John grew up in Virginia, many of his relatives are on Long Island, and I lived in  New Jersey until…

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Trusting the Author

I’m reading The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. Love, love, love this book. (Don’t tell me how it ends–I’m not done yet!). At more than 700 pages, it’s quite a tale, involving the Columbine shootings, a couple of Katrina victims and myriad other real and imagined events. However, I constantly find myself turning…

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Releasing a Book into the Wild

I’m not a big fan of used books, for obvious reasons (just in case it’s not obvious. . . neither author nor publisher makes money on the sale of a used book, and the only way an author will get a new contract is by making money for the publisher, and the only way readers…

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Good Day, Bad Day, Funny Day

    The Good Day: I had lunch with two fellow writers, Brenda Witchger and Sarah Shaber. We talked about Sarah’s work-in-progress, which is going to be so good, and the synopsis for what we lovingly call Bren’s “vinyl book” (the vinyl refers to old records), which is going to equally wonderful. And we had terrific humongous…

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