Lisa Scottoline Inspires at Writer’s Digest Conference: “Protect Your Candle”

Lisa Scottoline Inspires at Writer’s Digest Conference: “Protect Your Candle”

Good writing is hard and getting published is even harder. No one knows this better than best-selling author Lisa Scottoline who compared a struggling writer’s life to a weak candlelight. “Your work is your candle. Protect your candle,” she said at the recent Writer’s Digest Annual Conference.

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Why Corporate America Frowns on These 13 Traits of Creative People

Why Corporate America Frowns on These 13 Traits of Creative People

If you’re a writer or artist or scientist and you like working on your own, it could be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, independence is one of 13 traits of highly creative and productive people. On the other hand, employers will say you’re not a team player.

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3 Writing Lessons from “Catch-22” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”

3 Writing Lessons from “Catch-22” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”

I’ve been meaning to read Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” for their popularity and critical acclaim.  I finally read both recently—at the same time. To be honest, they are not my favorite books, but they taught me three important lessons in writing.

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The Easiest Way You Can Help Save the Future of Arts & Literature

The Easiest Way You Can Help Save the Future of Arts & Literature

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), which provide much needed resources to low-income communities in all 50 states, face the danger of complete elimination.  The Authors Guild is working with a host of literary and arts organizations to prevent the defunding of the two agencies. Support the guild’s initiative by signing a petition now. You don’t have to be a member to lend your name.

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Author Richard Russo Calls Out Google for Justifying Theft as Public Service

Author Richard Russo Calls Out Google for Justifying Theft as Public Service

When someone takes your car without your consent, it’s called theft. But when Google digitized millions of books without getting permission from their authors and without paying for copyrighted material, it’s called public service, according to Richard Russo, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Empire Falls.”

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Authors Guild Survey Shows Huge Decline in Income for Writers

Authors Guild Survey Shows Huge Decline in Income for Writers

If you’re thinking of giving up your day job to become a full-time writer, be sure to read the Authors Guild’s first survey on income in six years. It’s a sobering report that shows authors are not making as much money, even though they spend more time marketing their works.

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For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

If you once had a collection of Metallica albums or Kurt Cobain posters, then you’ll understand why romance author Christa Maurice writes about rock stars. She admits to being that rare first grader who knew about Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult. In this Q&A, she talks about her latest book, “A Gift to be Simple,” and what she likes about being a hybrid author.

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