Whenever aspiring writers ask me for advice on finding a publisher, the first thing I say is to read a wide range of books from a wide range of publishers to find the right "fit." Of course, that can get expensive after a while, so here's some good news. The good folks who published my…Read more Free PDF E-Book from The Permanent Press
My review of Chuck Klosterman's latest collection of essays, I Wear the Black Hat, is now up at The New York Journal of Books: I Wear the Black Hat.
In the latest episode of my podcast, a misunderstanding leads me to interview an award-winning eight-year-old author and her younger sister. Later, their father reveals how his own childhood trauma has informed their creativity. The younger sister then rounds things off by explaining how to make pot holders. The episode ends with a musical remix…Read more Make Things Happen: Writing Tips from an Eight-Year-Old
In the latest installment of my podcast, "Inexplicable Need: An Interview with Shaun Haurin," I get into a heated discussion with a former student about how to address a former professor and also about the title of one of my favorite short story collections. I then interview Shaun Haurin, the author of the collection, and…Read more Inexplicable Need
Here's one last passage that didn't make it to the final version of The Grievers. The official publication date is a week from today. Psycho Heading back to my office I ran into a fellow grad student who asked how I was doing. Fine, I said, except for the fact that a friend of mine…Read more Last of the Outtakes
A good citizen is someone who makes the conscious decision to be a part of a community -- to engage with a body of individuals who share common values and goals.
In case anyone missed it, On the Media did a great episode on the publishing industry this week. Among the topics covered are the tension between Amazon.com and the publishing industry, how publishing and reading are changing, the lack of a Pulitzer for fiction this year, and the trouble with "knockoff" books. Here's a link:…Read more Publishing: Adapt or Die – On The Media