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Author Archives: Jordan E. Rosenfeld

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes

Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between. A work of fiction will comprise many scenes, and each one of these individual scenes must be built with a structure most easily described as having a beginning, middle and end. The beginning of each scene is what we’ll address here. Read more

William P. Young’s Cinderella Story

It’s the ultimate self-publishing dream: William P. Young’s novel went from photo-copied Christmas gift to chart-topping bestseller. Here’s how he pulled it off.

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Low-Residency MFA programs

Low-residency MFA programs offer writers the chance to grow from a distance.

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Does Free Pay?

Chris Anderson thinks you should consider giving your book away. Here’s why.

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The WD Interview:
Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende found a release for her grief in the form of a memoir written to her departed daughter.

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The WD Interview: George Pelecanos

Having scribed detective novels and written for HBO’s “The Wire,” George Pelecanos knows what it takes to get down and dirty for his own brand of social crime fiction.

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Sisters Eight series

Prolific author Lauren Baratz-Logsted enlisted a little help from those closest to home—her family—for her new children’s series The Sisters Eight.

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The Healing Truth

An aspiring fiction writer realizes her story is better told as a memoir.

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Notable Debut Authors October 2008

Check out these up-and-coming debut authors for the October issue of Writer’s Digest and the highly successful habits that helped them get published.

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WD Profile: Amy Bloom

From prose to screenwriting and back again—here’s what short-story writer and novelist Amy Bloom learned from moving between prose writing and the all-show, no-tell world of screenwriting.

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Q & A with Jordan Rosenfeld

Q & A with Jordan Rosenfeld, author of Make a Scene. Read more

Media Watchdog:
Brent Cunningham

Brent Cunningham, Columbia Journalism Review’s managing editor, came to the magazine in 1999 on a fellowship and was convinced to stay on as managing editor. Founded in 1961, the magazine’s mission is to serve as “both a watchdog and a friend of the press in all its forms” and “encourage and stimulate excellence in journalism in the service of a free society.”

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Notable Debut Authors

Check out these  up-and-coming debut authors from the August issue and the highly successful habits that helped them get published.

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A Published Prosecutor

In his 13 years as a lawyer, Raffi Yessayan, a Boston native, has worked as a prosecutor for the district attorney and served as chief of the Gang Unit. But no challenge has been quite as exhilarating for this debut author as writing his first thriller, Eight in the Box, about a serial killer dubbed “The Blood Bath Killer” and the legal team who tries to catch him.

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Notable Debut Authors

Check out these  up-and-coming debut authors and the highly successful habits that helped them get published.

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The Power of Persistence

The characters in David J. Schwartz’s debut novel, Superpowers, wake up overnight with super speed, super strength, invisibility, the power to read minds and the ability to fly. The author, however, had the power of persistence on his side. From the day he started writing the manuscript to its publication, six long years passed.
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Moving with the Trends

Before Stephanie Kip Rostan was a literary agent at the Greenberg Literary Agency, where she’s been since September 2001, she spent four years as an editor for The Bantam Dell Publishing Group. An avid reader with diverse tastes, Rostan worked on fiction and nonfiction projects as an editor, enabling her to represent many types of authors as an agent today. 

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On The Edge: Boomer Lit

It’s difficult to imagine that those 1960s doe-eyed children who brought the world’s attention to Vietnam War protests and love-ins are old enough to qualify as senior citizens. But they’ve finally matured—and so has the fiction being written by and for them.

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Literary Hot Spots: San Francisco

Want to know where all the literary hot spots are in bay area? We’ve got you covered. This is part two of your essential guide to living the lit life in several U.S. destinations, including Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Miami, Seattle and more.

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The WD Interview: Sara Gruen

It’s hard to say which came first for author Sara Gruen—the animals or the writing, both of which have been in her life for as long as she can remember. While she spends much of the time in her North Carolina home with a menagerie of real animals (not to mention her husband and three children), it’s her fictional ones that have inspired her writing career. Read more

An Interview with The Paris Review‘s Philip Gourevitch

Rather than follow George Plimpton’s footsteps, Philip Gourevitch took over the reins of The Paris Review and sought a new audience. Read more

The Novelist’s Survival Kit

Yes, it’s scary. But it’s time. So take stock of these essential elements for getting your book going, and you’ll be typing away in no time. Read more

Shades of Gray

Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it’s been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren’t so black and white any more. Read more

On the Edge: Fantastic Fiction

Despite the longevity of the fantastic in narrative form,
there’s long been a stigma against blending it with literary fiction. But recently, readers have been eager to read contemporary
fantastic literature—and publishers are taking note.
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THE WD INTERVIEW: Chuck Palahniuk: Shock And Awe

Cult author Chuck Palahniuk continues to push literary boundaries in strange—even forbidding—territories. Find out what compels this seemingly mild-mannered author of novels like Read more