Deb Vanasse | Revision Tips

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  For what seems a long time, I’ve been revising a novel. I blame my country for this, as I’m devoting a big chunk of my life to community organizing. Right now, it feels like the world needs an American reset more than it needs my novel. This doesn’t mean I’ve lost my sense of urgency about the novel, only … Read More

Bonnye Matthews | Volunteers Needed for Special Young Writers Conference in Palmer

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URGENT—Volunteers Needed for Exceptionally Special Young Writers Conference in Palmer, April 28th at Sherrod School For decades the Young Writers Conference in Palmer has been an annual event that schoolchildren and presenters across the Mat-Su Valley have anticipated with delight. Students hoping to attend must work to be accepted. They have to produce a book: front cover, back cover, and … Read More

Back in Print, Part III: Re-publishing your out-of-print book in digital format, a series

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Continued from part II. THE FINAL UPLOAD Only a few more steps and my 2002 out-of-print travel narrative, Searching for Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez, would be available to e-readers. I did not use the “Kindle Create” feature, now available at Amazon’s KDP, for example, so I can’t speak to its ability to ease the chore of laying out a book. … Read More

Back in Print, Part II: Re-publishing your out-of-print book in digital format, a series

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Continued from part I Assured, thanks to a simple phone call to my publisher, that the basic rights for my 2002 book, Searching for Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez, had reverted to me, I had other things to consider, like interior design or any other artwork. Unlike the text, I discovered, those weren’t mine to use. I’ve heard of authors paying … Read More

Andromeda Romano-Lax | Back in Print, Part I: Re-publishing your out-of-print book in digital format, a series

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Part 1 of 3 My favorite book is the one I’m writing, or even better, the one I plan to write after that. There is nothing more artfully conceived and less commercially sullied than the book that has existed only in one’s mind. Given that I prefer to dwell on my future books, you might easily imagine how I feel … Read More

Literary Roundup | March 16-22, 2018

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SOUTHCENTRAL ANCHORAGE | March – April 2018 | Anchorage Museum’s Unbound Book Club explores art, science, history, design and culture through fiction and non-fiction over three more Friday evenings this spring. Books are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Book club discussion is included with museum admission (free for members) and is part of the museum’s Unbound experimental literary series. March 16: Far from … Read More

Literary Roundup | March 9-15, 2018

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New releases Marilyn Sigman’s Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay (University of Alaska Press) | details | See below for upcoming events and stay tuned for more Laura Hartema’s Bering Sea Strong | A memoir: “How I found solid ground on open ocean.” Kersten Christianson’s Something Yet to Be Named | (Aldrich Press), poetry.    SOUTHCENTRAL ANCHORAGE | Writer’s Block Bookstore and … Read More

Deb Vanasse | Bring on the Light

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Danish designer Poul Henningsen was obsessed with light. Inspired by the soft glow of pre-electric lighting, he devoted his life to designing electric lamps that would capture that glow. Electricity, he said, gave humans the possibility of “wallowing in light,” and yet there was the danger of losing the harmony of what once had been. For a decade, he experimented … Read More

Literary Roundup | February 23-March 1, 2018

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Hey, folks! We’re switching back to weekly Friday Roundups, as opposed to biweekly. Please email your short news items to 49blog@gmail.com by Wednesdays.  New releases Marilyn Sigman’s Entangled: People and Ecological Change in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay (University of Alaska Press) | details | See below for upcoming events and stay tuned for more Kathleen Tarr’s We Are All Poets Here (VP&D) | details* (49 Writers Reading & … Read More

Deb Vanasse | Go, Team! Why You Might Want a Writing Coach

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  Ah, the Olympics. A welcome distraction this time of year—athletes displaying their best efforts, coaches cheering them on. Writers, too, have their coaches—fellow writers, literary agents, editors who acquire their manuscripts. In lieu of these – or more often, to supplement them – some hire coaches. Why hire a writing coach? The most straightforward reason would be that within … Read More