10 Writing Tips from the Masters

10 Writing Tips from the Masters

10 Writing Tips from the Writing Masters for Writing this Memorial Day Weekend

19 Twitter Tips for Authors + Others

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The Inspiration of Competition, with Ave Maria Notes from...

The Inspiration of Competition, with Ave Maria Notes from the Vienna Boys’ Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic

Did you know that Sunday mornings from mid-September through June, the Vienna Imperial Court Music Ensemble — “Wiener Hofmusikkapelle,” consisting of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, members of the men’s choir of the Vienna State Opera and the Choralschola — perform together during the mass at the Imperial Chapel? There […]

5 Tips on Writing (War) from the Masters, for Memorial Da...

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For Memorial Day, five quotes from great writers about the writing of war: One from Richard Price: “You don’t write about the horrors of war. No. You write about a kid’s burnt socks lying in the road.”   One from Ernest Hemingway: “[W]ar is the best subject of all. It groups the maximum of material […]

Low-Price Promotion and the Value of Books

Low-Price Promotion and the Value of Books

  Harper Books, which published my latest novel, has had it deeply discounted for Mother’s Day. I greatly appreciate this for my particular book, as it helps get the word out before the paperback, but it also leaves me wondering if the overall effect of discount promotions will be to devalue books, leaving readers unwilling […]

When a Novel is a Long Time in Coming

When a Novel is a Long Time in Coming

I’ve been crazy busy lately, and sadly remiss about hosting guest authors. But I’m delighted to share a post today by debut novelist Jennifer S. Brown, whose Modern Girls is just out this week from NAL. Booklist calls it a “moving debut, portraying the sacrifices a mother and daughter make in order to save face […]


1st BOOKS is hosted by MEG WAITE CLAYTON

Read the new national bestseller, The Race for Paris, from the author of the New York Times-bestseller The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel). Meg has also written essays for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio.

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