Food Writing 101

Food Writing 101

In preparation for teaching a food writing class, I asked several experts for their input. Boy, did I get some great suggestions, many of them posted here.

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Media Mail & Other Weighty Matters

Media Mail & Other Weighty Matters

I spend a lot of time in the US Post Office these days, especially sending media mail with press releases. Who knew I was breaking the law?

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The Complete Shirker’s Guide to Book Marketing

The Complete Shirker’s Guide to Book Marketing

All book marketing is supposed to be done *before* publication, right? Not so! There’s plenty of time to get the word out. Remember, It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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Twin Cities Book Tour, Nits & Ticks

Twin Cities Book Tour, Nits & Ticks

My summer book tour concludes with two readings in the Twin Cities: St. Paul on July 7, 7pm at SubText, Minneapolis on July 13, 7pm, at Magers & Quinn. Madeleine will be taking a well-deserved break from spokesdog duties.

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What’s On Your Business Card? The 3 Faces of Edie

What’s On Your Business Card? The 3 Faces of Edie

I contain multitudes. So said Walt Whitman. So showed one of my odder business cards. What can I say? It’s hard for me to pass up a good pun and the extremely talented Laura E. Kelley is my enabler, in this and other endeavors. The card it’s still more-or-less accurate in that it reflects the main divisions […]

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Memoir March: All Dogs Go to Kevin by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

Memoir March: All Dogs Go to Kevin by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

Outlining a narrative arc and creating composite characters helped make the memoir of veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang a success.

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Memoir March: The Spoon from Minkowitz by Judith Fein

Memoir March: The Spoon from Minkowitz by Judith Fein

Judith Fein’s memoir, The Spoon From Minkowitz, was missing a key element in the first draft. Here she tells us what it was–and how she resolved it.

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Memoir March: To Drink from the Silver Cup by Anna Redsand

Memoir March: To Drink from the Silver Cup by Anna Redsand

Author Anna Redsand discusses how she found a way to organize To Drink from the Silver Cup, a moving memoir about reconciling her faith with her sexuality.

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Introduction: March Is for Memoir Writing

Introduction: March Is for Memoir Writing

I’ve dedicated March to memoir-related posts because I’m going to be teaching a memoir-writing class, because I got memoirist friends to contribute great guest posts, and because I like alliteration.

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For Pat Connors: Restaurateur, Patron of Arts & Pets, All Around Great Guy

For Pat Connors: Restaurateur, Patron of Arts & Pets, All Around Great Guy

Tucson is losing one of the great supporters of the arts and defender of the animals as well as an innovative restaurateur and all around great guy. Thanks for all you brought to so many, Pat Connors.

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5 Tools to Track Your Writing Submissions

5 Tools to Track Your Writing Submissions

No matter what your writing genre, or how often you send out queries, it’s easy to lose track of submissions. Here are five apps and programs to help.

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To Comp or Not to Comp, Part 3: Travel Pros Debate, PR Edition

To Comp or Not to Comp, Part 3: Travel Pros Debate, PR Edition

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, travel editor/writer James Durston and I discuss the ethics of accepting free or deeply discounted travel. Are comps the price of doing business in a profession where the pay is low and travel pubs don’t foot the bill, or are they temptations no self-respecting writer should succumb to, no upstanding publication […]

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