P-Mag Round-table: On Being Sponsored by Your Husband

Earlier this week, Salon published an essay by writer Ann Bauer about, as she says, “the masquerade” that some writers put on — that is, the fact that writing doesn’t pay a lot of money and it’s easier to do if you happen to have access to a lot of it. Most writers — and friends and families of writers — know how hard it is to sustain yourself solely on a writing career. Those that manage to do so are a small and lucky bunch. The rest of us keep working day jobs or picking up as many freelance assignments as we can, or putting together piecemeal extra careers teaching a couple of classes here and a writing retreat there. And then there are the others whose careers are supported by the “sponsorship” of others  — their spouses or significant others who happen to earn enough money to allow for the uncertainties of the life (and paycheck) of a writing career, or who may have some family money to fall back on. Read More P-Mag Round-table: On Being Sponsored by Your Husband

NaNoWriMo 2014 — Keep Writing

It’s now December. For many of you, that means the hellish challenge that is NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Perhaps this was the year that you won and printed yourself out a winner’s certificate you can display with pride on your fridge’s door. Or maybe this is the year that you had very good intentions of winning, but the flu decided otherwise. Or you’re a non-participant and looking forward to the next eleven months where you mostly aren’t inundated with posts about this damn novel writing month. Read More NaNoWriMo 2014 — Keep Writing

Is It Okay to Use an Image from Google for My Book Cover?

Boys and girls, sit tight because I’m going to tell you all about why not to use Google images for book covers.

For some, Google Images is a free-for-all playground. If it’s on Google it must be free, right? Well, no. Do you think everything you find on Google is free? Do you think that every site you browse is free for you to take apart and run away with? Even academic papers? Well, you’re in for a good wake up call. Read More Is It Okay to Use an Image from Google for My Book Cover?