Uncategorized Archive

A Checklist of Book Proposal Essentials to Go Through Before You Start Schmoozing Agents

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
In my wildest fantasies, an editor from Seal Press stumbles upon that personal essay I wrote about the awkwardness of babymaking sex—or the blog post I wrote about landing a husband despite being a crazy cat lady, or that other piece I wrote about my shifting body image—and feels compelled to email me,

Lit GIFs: The Scarlet Letter

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Hester Prynne lives in 17th-century Puritan Boston. She’s been branded with the scarlet letter A because supposedly she had an affair. This makes sense to everyone around her, because as far as they know her husband never made it over to the New Land and yet she currently has an infant

The Ploughshares Round-Down: Stop Stressing About the Bestseller List

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
BookCon sold out all 10,000 tickets! That’s kind of amazing. It’s also an opening that probably means absolutely nothing to you. It should, even if you never plan to go. Every year, the book industry has an annual conference in New York City called BookExpo America (BEA). I haven’t

The Things I Haven’t Read

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 2 Comments
Legend had it that a famous scholar of nineteenth century American literature visited my college to lecture, and someone asked him a question about Melville. He began his answer with “While I’ve never read Moby-Dick…” At this remove, I still question the man’s scholarship and sanity—but I do admire his

Writing Lessons: Andrew Jason Valencia

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
In our Writing Lessons series, writers and writing students will discuss lessons learned, epiphanies about craft, and the challenges of studying writing. This week, we hear from Andrew Jason Valencia, an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AValenciaWrites —Andrew Ladd, Blog Editor

The Ploughshares Round-Down: Why Louie Is Like Great Literature

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Tasha Golden is on vacation from the blog this week, so covering for her on the Round-Down today is the writer Gila Lyons. Gila’s work has appeared in Salon, The Millions, The Morning News, Tablet, The Forward, The NY Press, The Faster Times, The Berkshire Review, and other publications. She lives in Boston,

Book Recommendations To Bring You Closer to Inner Peace… or a Stronger Yoga Practice

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
A few weeks ago, when I learned that Brian Leaf had just come out with a new book, I literally squee’d. I’d loved his previous book, Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi, and this new one—Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi—aimed to hit two of my sweet spots: my yoga addiction and my impending motherhood.

Literary Lines that Make a Mark

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
Recently I enjoyed a wondrous weekend in Austin during which I added a third tattoo to my collection. It so happens this is my second literary tattoo. The first, inked roughly a year ago, was a celebration of a number of triumphs, among them my first paid publication and

Workshopping My Dog

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized 2 Comments

Lit GIFs: Wuthering Heights

Author: | Categories: Uncategorized No comments
A story (read: soap opera) of two Catherines and a grumpy, clingy guy named Heathcliff. Also a property war. Mr. Earnshaw owns a manor called Wuthering Heights. One day he brings home an orphan. At first, his children, Hindley and Catherine #1, don’t like Orphan Heathcliff much. Over time, Catherine #1