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Why Every Writer Needs a Good Copy Edit – Great Advice from Freelancers Union!

My lovable, esteemed writing colleagues, most of you know by now that in addition to being an “author” (more than 20 books so far, about half of them ghostwritten on a contract basis for public figures), I am also a … Continue reading

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“Omit needless words!”–William Strunk Jr.

Patient blogging, book-loving followers, I have just finished editing a 385 page manuscript, and I am here to report that such a long editorial stint is corrosive to one’s own writing. Many of you may be aware that I wear … Continue reading

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Marlin, Darlin’ by Margaret Jean Langstaff

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Marlin, Darlin’: Garnet Sullivan Live from Florida #1 by Margaret Jean Langstaff My rating: 5 of 5 stars Marlin, Darlin’ is a very well written and fun mystery set in Florida. Garnett Sullivan earns her…

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So here we go again! NYT “10 Best Books of 2014”

Something to argue about or totally ignore (NYT) The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. We should be so grateful for this priceless direction. The Times used to have the best readers/critics … Continue reading

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100 Notable Books of 2014 – NYT

[Just another tidbit of wit (?)] The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Worth reading (pardon the pun), the list, that is. FICTION & POETRY ALL OUR NAMES. By … Continue reading

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Bitter Sweet Story Excerpt from HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: BEST LOVED STORIES OF ALL TIME

The following is an excerpt from a much loved Christmas story from my huge anthology of American Christmas classics HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: BEST LOVED STORIES OF ALL TIME now on sale as a Black Friday Special for 99 cents! Christmas … Continue reading

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The Personal Library

This week’s New Yorker.  If only I were that composed and organized!!!

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Too Many Bad Books? The Status of Books Continues to Plummet

(c) Copyright 2014, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved  “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” –Erasmus Wow, have times changed all that much? Every author and publisher … Continue reading

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BOOKS AS WIDGETS?

BOOKS AS WIDGETS?  For the price of a sandwich?  (A short excerpt fm an essay from the New Yorker) “Afterward, [after meeting Bezos] Doeren told his partner at Rainy Day Books, “I just met the world’s biggest snake-oil salesman. It’s … Continue reading

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“Of the Making of Books There Is No End”

Of the making of books there is no end, and too much study is wearisome to the flesh. –ECCLESIASTES 12:12 NKJ Love this photo and thought you might appreciate it too. Don’t know who shot it, but I wish I … Continue reading

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“Numerous Prominent Female Thinkers Lack Wikipedia Entries”

Ahem. Exxxccuuuse, me! But, dear ole Wikipedia, this really stinks. Not that I’m surprised, really, or even shocked (even). I’ve sensed this for several years when I shot over to Big W to get the basic info on contemporary women … Continue reading

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Charming Paintings of Vintage Books That Smoke, Drink, and Slip on Banana Peels

I’ve imagined these … and bet other writers have too but the images were hardly as whimsical and wonderful as these …  What fun these illustrations are ….

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Have you read or are you reading PRESENT SHOCK by Douglas Rushkoff?

I am midway through it now and finding it disturbing, stimulating, revealing about many burning issues of our time. Particularly what Rushkoff has to say about: THE COLLAPSE OF NARRATIVE THE FALSE NOW THE DISSONANCE BETWEEN OUR DIGITAL LIVES AND … Continue reading

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Writing 2.3 – A Contract with the Reader

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When I took a graduate class called “Writing the Novel” a few years ago, I learned two very important things.  First, if you tell a writer that her work in progress is a romance novel…

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Lay on, Macduff!

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved There are some things you just shouldn’t read at bedtime and I’m here to tell you Macbeth is one of them. And, for that matter, probably any one of Shakespeare’s tragedies is … Continue reading

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A Valentine for Emily Dickinson

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved. WARNING, STUDENTS: DO NOT COPY & PASTE We’ll get ya, count on it! For all the critical and popular acclaim she receives today, the poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) passed her life in … Continue reading

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“This Book Will Part Your Hair” Some Reflections on the Current Climate and Practice of Book Reviewing

(c) Copyright 2013, Margaret Langstaff All Rights Reserved   I’ve been at the writing game many years and have published several books along the way. Early on I used to agonize over reviews and reader comments and tie myself up … Continue reading

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