Sage words from Steinbeck.

Anyone out there who’s writing a book, or is trying to get a book published, or is dealing with writing or publishing in any way really ought to check out yesterday’s “Letter of Note” by John Steinbeck. Some choice excerpts: A book is like a man—clever and dull, brave and cowardly, beautiful and ugly. For… Read more »

In which I direct you elsewhere.

As you’ve probably guessed from the lack of recent posts, I’ve been a little swamped lately–with writing, with work, with Downton Abbey (yes, my priorities are in order). But Downton‘s wrapped up now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with my revisions, and I hope to have some more material… Read more »

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A few years ago, a musical played on Broadway called “[title of show].” It was about two guys who try to write a musical. Sadly, I never caught it, but based on the (non)title alone, I bet I would have liked it. Especially this week. See, I’ve been trying to come up with a new… Read more »

How I Wrote a Novel and Got An Agent, Part 2

(Part 1 can be found here.) So, where were we? Oh, yes—a coffee shop in Tanzania. After six years, I had just written “The End” on a piece of paper containing the last page of the first draft of my novel. Andy was still up on Kilimanjaro somewhere, so I went out for Indian food… Read more »

Big news, revealed.

Let’s get right down to it. I’ve been hinting for a few days now that I have exciting news to share. Well, here it is: I have an agent!! Last Friday I accepted an offer of representation from the lovely Ammi-Joan Paquette of Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Hooray!!! Not only is Joan an accomplished agent… Read more »

Oh, hello there.

So, I’ve been thinking for a while about launching a writing blog here. You know, just as the rest of the world succumbs to blog fatigue. Here’s a taste of my reasoning: 1) I spent most of the last two years out of the country, bouncing around in the developing world. So in my mind,… Read more »