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I’m a Fan of Books, So Are You, and It’s All Good

One meaning of the word fan, according to my fave dictionary, is “an enthusiastic devotee of a sport (as baseball) or diversion (as ballet) usually as a spectator rather than a participant” and/or “an ardent admirer or champion (as of a person, technique, or pursuit).” In this sense, it’s probably short for fanatic and was […]

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Young Adult Fiction and Life

In June 2011, Meghan Cox Gurdon wrote, in the Wall Street Journal, about how Young Adult fiction has taken too dark a turn, has unnecessarily exposed young readers to complex, difficult situations before they are mature enough to make sense of those situations. … She is correct in noting that there is darkness in some […]

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Short Saturday: Compare and Contrast

Three years ago I did a contrast-and-compare with middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. It was a really useful exercise for me. Since that time, there’s a New Kid in Town. Actually—a New Adult. You’ve probably already heard about it, but wondered how to differentiate them. As with MG and YA, we look first […]

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Trains, Planes, and Pen Names
(and Practice)

A good friend of mine has a friend who is a much-celebrated author of literary fiction; he’s won more than one important literary prize. Nice guy—I’ve met him. Humble, funny, interesting, smart. Teaches college. And he’s got a little “secret”: for several years before he published his “first” novel and won an award and got […]

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The Bonus Round (2014 Edition)

I’ve been publishing a recap, every January (or February!), of every book mentioned in posts during the past year. It’s just a list of of books I talked about last year, here on the blog, and I present them as a cross-reference … in case you were thinking of reading one of them, say. Mind […]

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Short Saturday: Crotchety Lament

A friend of mine sent me this article from the New York Times, “Read, Kids, Read,” by author/columnist Frank Bruni, and it resonated so strongly with me that I had to pass it on to you. The lament is this: studies show young people are reading less and less. And Bruni believes, as I do, […]

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Entering the (Writer’s) Lottery

Recently a young writer with whom I’d worked some time before entered a contest that changed her life (I wrote about Natalie here). Her success brought to my attention the phenomenon of the “pitch contest,” in which unagented writers are invited to pitch a manuscript publicly, usually in a blog, sometimes on Twitter. The pitches […]

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The Bonus Round (2013 Edition)

I’ve been publishing a recap, every January, of every book mentioned in posts during the past year. (Except—whoops—I missed January this year. But maybe you did too? Man, that month went by fast!) Mind you, this is not a list of books I read last year (although there are some of those on this list); […]

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Word Count Matters

One of the first manuscripts I turned in as a freelance editor caused a minor panic at the publishing house. “This novel is too long,” the managing editor said in an email. “It’s 90K words. We contracted 75K.” (Let me tell you just how many fifteen thousand words are, kids, in case you have to […]

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Read Anything Good Lately?

Natalie Knaub has—and while I’m getting ready to go to a writers’ conference, I’m going to let her tell you about The Scorpio Races, in a post she also ran on her own blog.* Review: The Scorpio Races (YA) There are books you read and think, That was pretty good. Then there are books you […]

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