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

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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 […]

5 Irish-leaning Quotes (and 2 Songs) to Celebrate St. Pat...

5 Irish-leaning Quotes (and 2 Songs) to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve collected a few nice Irish quotes — and two versions of one Irish song — to go with your silly hats and green beer. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” – W.B. Yeats “When anyone asks me about the […]


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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