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Why authors are unhappy

I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • Wanting
  • Commitment
  • Wavering
  • Letting Go
  • Immersion
  • Fulfillment

I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself.  But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood:  unhappiness.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

Maybe you watched it – the Viral video about fame featuring Russel Brand and Lady Gaga lamenting the hollowness of fame and how being famous didn’t really make them happy. Speaking as an audience member and not participate, I wouldn’t mind confirming this for myself. I’d like to give all that money and fame thing a whirl, then tearfully admit it wasn’t all I thought it would be, but wow, those clubs are fantastic!

Got that out of the way.

The essential message isn’t bad. For writers, our wildly successful path looks like Emmys and Oscars and Pulitzer Prizes.  Just … Read more

Gravity of Birds

Gravity of BirdsOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Like so many of our novels, Tracy created The Gravity of Birds from other works.

“I had two short stories I liked, but couldn’t seem to finish. One was about how the relationship between two sisters is altered when one is forced to assume the role of caregiver for the other. The second story concerned a young man, recently out of school, who unexpectedly finds his career on a downward trajectory, a situation he’d never prepared himself for. No matter how I tried, none of the endings I came up with seemed … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest:  Alan Leddon

New owner of Damnation Press.  Now Caliburn press.  The wild crazy life of an indie publisher. Author in his own right!

We also pick Alan’s brain on why he was happy to publish our book Don’t Write Like We Talk.

Alan had advice about the difference between slander and Libel, and what WE asked was why we needed to discuss the difference at all?

You’ll notice, first off, that the civil law definitions all require the statement to be false. So, if I receive a statement from Paypal that shows that the company … Read more

 

Thank you Brenda Knight, a recent Newbie Writers Podcast guest for her wonderful insights and advice for our readers.

The Art of the Book Deal
Insider Secrets to Navigating the Publishing Process

From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Twenty-two year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New … Read more

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