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When author Janice J. Richardson first dreamed of publishing her memoir, she expected there to be a magic “fairy-tale publisher” handling all the post-writing work. The funny thing is, one almost did swoop in. Back in the 1990s, Richardso...
Authors go to great lengths to produce their works — rising early, staying up late, resisting distractions of all kinds ... using the prison typewriter while other inmates stare. Or maybe that’s unique to writer Nico Walker, whose new boo...
Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies and Florida, invites us all to give peace a chance. She shared a story of verbally lashing out — and later regretting it — with PBS’s NewsHour. In the clip, she also describes her method for...
Last year’s judges of the Not the Booker Prize have selected the final contender for the 2018 award. Three Dreams in the Key of G by Marc Nash joins the five other books on the shortlist. Those five were narrowed down from 140 nominees through...
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If you’re like the Fussy staff, you don’t really need an excuse to justify traveling. Just in case you do, though, author J. Thorn has quantified four ways in which leaving home — even if it’s not very far — enriches you...
You’ve invented characters, helped them conquer (some of) the obstacles you threw at them, developed their entire world ... and now you have to sum up those thousands of words in a pithy and attention-grabbing title. No pressure, right? Betty K...
Recently we featured two guest columns from sensitivity reader (and author) Patrice Williams Marks: one explaining the service and another describing how to become one. Now we’re sharing a piece from an author who has made great use of them. Ja...
Children’s author Karen Inglis has been self-publishing her books for several years now, and by now, she knows what works. She explains to Joanna Penn how to overcome the higher printing costs and additional marketing challenges in this particu...
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