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Real Writers Persist. Always.

A Writer's Path

by Lauren Sapala

When writers first start out writing they tend to concentrate on all the wrong things. The big question always seems to be: Do I have talent? This is followed closely by: How do I get an agent? When I was a new writer I also agonized quite a bit over these things. It’s very normal. Whenever a person begins to truly take risks and follow their passion, the first challenges to surface are always questions of self worth and approval from others.

And make no mistake, that IS what the talent and agent questions are really all about: self worth and approval. Every human being goes through it in one form or another. For writers, anxiety and obsession about how much talent they have and getting an agent is just how it typically manifests.

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Not Exactly Love: A Memoir by Betty Hafner

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It was 1969, and all the rules were changing, when Betty, a woefully single French teacher on Long Island, met the handsome but edgy new teacher at her school, a hippie just back from Woodstock. His vitality opened up a new world to her—but when they married, his rages turned against her, and often ended with physical violence. Like millions of women who discover they’ve married an abusive man, Betty was forced to make daily decisions—to suppress her feelings or risk confrontation, to keep it secret or report, and ultimately, to live with it or leave.

Part memoir, part warm-hearted look at the ’70s, and part therapeutic journey, Not Exactly Love: A Memoir is an intense and inspirational story of a woman who grew from her experience


It’s 1969, on Long Island, NY, unmarried and single French teacher, Betty, meets a…

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When It’s Time To Stop Auditioning, Give Yourself the Job: Self/Hybrid Publish

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Let me start with a disclaimer: this is not a screed against traditional publishing. Yes, those are trendy and you’ll find lots of them out there, but this is not one. Life has taught me that when something sustains as long as traditional publishing has, it’s because it remains, however confounded and confused, a vital player in the scheme of things. I’d say that’s the case with the Big 5.

This is, instead, a few of my cobbled thoughts on the topic of why one might choose otherwise; why one might self-publish, or hybrid publish, or publish outside the realm of that iconic process of securing an agent who’ll, hopefully, wrangle a publishing deal, that will, hopefully, vaunt you into the stratosphere of big awards and New York Times bestseller lists. As much as one might dream of that starry-eyed path to literary greatness, there are myriad reasons why one might choose…

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20 Questions To Ask When Writing A Book Review

By Megan Alms, a professional writing student at Taylor University You’ve just read a book, and you want to tell the world what you thought of it. Your mind is swirling with ideas and emotions. But as soon as you sit down to write your review, you forget everything you’ve just read. So, what needs […]

via 20 Questions to Ask When Writing a Book Review — PWR Lounge


How to Get a Book Club to Review Your Book

In the digital age of Kindles and other e-readers, you might think that book clubs have gone the way of any other non-virtual interaction. I can personally assure you that you are wrong…Pistils was selected by at least two book clubs (that I know of) as a featured read. Considering it was our first venture […]

via How to Get a Book Club to Pick You! — Twintype Books LLC


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New Shingle

Since publishing my memoir Even Rain Is Just Water last June, I’ve come to learn the power of book reviews as marketing tools. (Also, it’s been a minute since I posted a review to my Review Page.) So, I’m officially hanging out my Book Reviewer shingle.

If you published a memoir last year, and would like an honest review of your book, please email me via my Contact Page. There are 18 slots available, beginning March 15th. (I’ll need your book at least two weeks before the review.) First come, first serve.

I look forward to reading your stories!


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