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28
Jun

How To Title Your Book

Posted by on in Writer's Tips
So often, a project germinates with a title. Sometimes that title evolves to be called the “working title” after it’s gotten batted around a bit. Sometimes it sticks. But some novel projects defy easy naming. I called my first novel novel #1 for a long time. And then it went through an awful lot of working titles before I settled on Turning Out. Who knows what it’ll be called when I finally publish the thing. For years, I’ve assigned this very good blog post by literary agent Rachelle Gardner t... Continue reading
14
Jun

The Only One Who Can: Interview with Dawn Robinson

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I’m proud to present this Pride-season interview with one of my very favorite queer writers, Dawn Robinson. A Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Dawn lives, works, and writes in Oakland, California and writes sexy, funny, satisfying stories about queer life. In this interview, we talked about love, Liz Gilbert, and putting your work out there. Kristy Lin Billuni: Tell me about identifying as a writer. Dawn Robinson: I've always been a writer, and identify as that, completely, because I've had ... Continue reading
14
Jun

The Art of Money or Happy Book-Birthday, Bari!

Posted by on in Books for Writers
Maybe it was those timed arithmetic tests in first grade that drove me to run. Maybe it’s my time in the credit-trap so many college students experience. Maybe it’s my failed career as an activist fundraiser. Whatever it is, money is hard for me. I entertain damaging beliefs, that I’m bad at math, that rich people are the devil, that money is imaginary and thus unimportant. I’ve done crazy things to feel more in-control and successful with money: frozen credit cards in ice, dipped money in glit... Continue reading
28
Apr

A Generous Lover: Interview with Celeste Chan

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Celeste Chan writes nonfiction and fiction, including experimental/hybrid genres fiction, flash fiction, lyric essays, and performative texts. She also makes experimental films and video poems. Celeste gets excited about work that queers form and content. “I am in love with genrequeer art,” she says. Her one-woman show (Re)generation debuts as a work-in-progress June 15 and 16 at SAFEHouse for the Performing Arts in San Francisco, directed by Lisa Marie Rollins and with video by Celeste an... Continue reading
13
May

Sounds Like a Writer to Me: Interview with Precious J. Stroud

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I’ll bet every Black woman alive has a story to tell about racism or sexism, and Precious J. Stroud has set out to collect the ones about how Black women successfully navigate structural racism and sexism in the workplace. As founder of the BlackFemaleProject, she supports women to write their own stories, stories that help prepare girls and young women for the realities of the work world by introducing stories of triumph and perseverance. “We are committed to helping each other. If you be... Continue reading