A publisher likes your proposal. Now what?

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So, you wrote a book proposal — maybe just a quick little query. You sent it to an editor at a traditional publishing house that somebody introduced you to. And they like it! Time to celebrate, right? Umm, no. You need to check your publisher-to-English dictionary first. The publisher-to-English dictionary Here are all the possible … Continued

Nonfiction writing: It’s narratives all the way down.

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Nonfiction writing is made of stories. All of it. Advice. Logical reasoning. Analysis. It’s all stories. And if you don’t understand what a narrative is, no one will read what you write, and no one will be able to benefit from it. I’m editing a nonfiction manuscript right now in which the parts aren’t written … Continued

Slimeball PR/legal ethics: The Lisa Bloom letter to Harvey Weinstein

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Attorney Lisa Bloom, known for representing victims of sexual harassment, also proposed to work with Harvey Weinstein when the harassment accusations against him were just beginning. The new book She Said tells the inside story of what exactly went on during that time — and raises some challenging ethical questions. For the purposes of this … Continued

Renoir at The Clark: How should we feel about all that flesh?

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The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, western Massachusetts, has mounted a comprehensive exhibit of the nudes of impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. It’s impossible to see these paintings and sculptures in a public setting without some complicated feelings. I’ve never visited an impressionist art exhibit with a content warning before. I visited The Clark this weekend. (If … Continued

Moscow Mitch?

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I’m no fan of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But this caricaturing of candidates has gone too far. Donald Trump makes his points through repetition. The nicknames are a part of that. Lyin’ James Comey. Low Energy Jeb. Low-IQ Maxine Waters. Crooked Hillary. Crazy Bernie. Sleepy Joe Biden. And the worst: Pocahontas, for Senator Elizabeth … Continued

Think long term. That’s it. That’s the advice.

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Honestly, I think every stupid decision people make is because they can’t think more than fifteen minutes ahead. To wit: That argument you just “won” against your life’s companion — how’s that going to affect your relationship for the next few years? That clever company name you picked out that just happens to be the … Continued

The powerful letter Baptist pastor Jonathan Carl wrote to Donald Trump

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If you were taking wagers on what I’d write about in this space, sincere praise for a letter from a Baptist minister would seem a very poor bet. Here’s what happened: President Trump got upset with Jonathan Karl of ABC News for reporting on the President’s claim that Alabama was in the path of a … Continued