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I'm often asked how I came to write Look Me in the Eye. This is the story. As my readers know, I've had an unusual life. It began with a crazy home environment, which I left behind at age sixteen when I joined a local band. Within a few years, I found myself on the road with the biggest tour of the decade -- KISS. Having reached the top of the world in music, I quit to work as an engineer in a toy company. But a few years later, I left that behind, too, when I quit electronics to repair cars in my driveway. And over the next decade I built that business into the largest independent Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Bentley specialty shop in New England. In the midst of that, I discovered photography, with my photos landing in galleries, museums, on record jackets and on billboards. And to top it all off, I began writing articles for car magazines.  Continue reading...
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Blog Excerpts

Where to Publish?

Wondering where to publish your novel, poem or short story? Duotrope Digest can help. This website lists over 2,050 markets for fiction, which you can search by clicking here.
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Blog Du Jour

Residencies for Writers

Need to just get away and write? Residencies offer writers a creative environment, lodging and peer support. Check out these prestigious (and in some cases legendary) programs here:

Yaddo Residency

MacDowell Colony

Edward F. Albee Foundation

Hedgebrook

(Click here to find more writer residencies)

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Linguist Michael Erard, the author of Um. .. Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean who we recently interviewed, graciously sent us this article, which he first wrote and published in the magazine Lingua Franca:

In a recent issue of the moderated e-mail list Linguist, Brown University anthropologist William O. Beeman addressed an odd phenomenon: Apparently, there is a different word for butterfly in every language, even though historical relationships and geographic contacts often suggest the words should be similar. Beeman called it "the butterfly problem."

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Dog Eared

Books we love

Best Books of 2007

Ah, December: Family gatherings, the company holiday party, Santa slipping down your chimney -- and the annual bevy of "Best Books" lists. Here are a few of our favorites:

New York Times' The 10 Best Books of 2007

Washington Post's Book World Holiday Issue

Boston Herald's Best Fiction and Nonfiction Books of 2007

Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year

School Library Journal's Best Books of 2007

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I wish all advertising, publicity and marketing communications were truthful and not deceptive in any way. But, alas, that just isn't the case. In fact, the bestselling author Seth Godin even titled one of his books "All Marketers Are Liars." It was an in-joke because the book was actually about using storytelling techniques in marketing, and not about lying. But the fact that he joked about it on the cover of a major book shows there is a problem.

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Have you ever wondered why some people write easily and fluently, while others struggle and strain as if trying to squeeze a 185-lb body into a size six pair of jeans? In 30 years at this trade, I've noticed that effective writers tend to share seven traits. So, with apologies to Stephen Covey, here is my list.

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