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Elizabeth's LandingWelcome to our  on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Katy’s debut novelElizabeth’s Landing has won First Place in Fiction in the 2013 “Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-book Awards.”

Katy discusses her self-publishing journey and advice for Newbie Writers

Publishing too early is tempting. Full control, and the siren song of the book in readers’ hands, can lead to shortcutting the revision process. I don’t feel that’s the case with Elizabeth’s Landing, although there are always things I could have done differently.

The main disadvantage to self-publishing is having every decision and job on my shoulders, from cover and … Read more

 Meg Waite ClaytonNew books, cool authors.

Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. Very cool of course, but considering she spent ten years researching and writing this almost non-fiction novel, the success is well deserved.

I did a tremendous amount of research on real journalists like Lee Miller, who reported and photographed for Vogue, Martha Gellhorn, Lee Carson, and Sonia Tomara, the great photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White (who never was accredited to Normandy, as she was seen as too temperamental), and Dickey Chappelle, who photographed in the Pacific.

I … Read more

CameraWhat is POV?

Point of view is the relative identification of the narrator with the character. Point of view is the story as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It is one of the easiest ways to tell a story. But even with a simple explanation like that, we can still get it wrong.

We are reasonably intelligent, even talented people. Why the confusion?

Film and Video games.   Hell on POV

Film gives you the long shot, shows other people that the main character cannot possibly know or see. Film gives you zooming perspectives and close-ups. Film mixes it … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Alexandra Kostoulas


SF Creative Writing Institute

How do you start such a cool thing?

What is your background?

What are your books?

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. We are a consortium of teachers and classes who have been hand curated to provide excellent instruction in storytelling, poetry, fiction, memoir, blogging, and more. 

All of our instructors are vetted, have taught at the college or graduate level, have a Master’s degree or MFA in their field of study and/or equivalent professional expertise. In addition to being published writers, and working editors, we Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Our guest is writer Lori Beninger


Her book is Embracing the Elephant

“…historically evocative…” – Publishers Weekly

“…a journey worth taking…” – ForeWord Reviews

“Beninger’s skillful use of language pulls you into the story and makes the scenes come alive” – The Historical Novel Society



Embracing the Elephant is a powerful novel about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age – at the California Gold Rush. It is a tale of fierce determination, resilience, discovery, and hope.

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful … Read more

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