Sunday, November 19, 2017

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

June 28, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Writing Practice

Recently I had the great good fortune to hear writer Natalie Goldberg speak when she visited Austin for a book signing. Goldberg was here at the end of a book tour to promote the recently released paperback edition of her latest book, Old Friend from Far Away: the practice of writing memoir.
I [...]

Controlling the Presses

March 5, 2010 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

As a young copyeditor working in London in the 1980s, I belonged to the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Posted on the notice board by my desk was a postcard I had bought at an NUJ event. It showed a middle-aged woman operating an offset printing press. The caption read:
“Freedom of the press belongs to [...]

Know Your (Copy)rights

October 19, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

So you want to submit your writing to magazines? Here are some basic tips about rights.
What is Copyright?
Whenever you create an original work (for example, when you write a story about your life), your piece of work is automatically covered by copyright law.
Your “copyright” is the right you have to decide how, when, and where [...]

Pitching Our Stories: Notes from a writers’ conference

August 10, 2009 by Jane Ross  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Self publishing

This summer, I attended the annual Writers’ League of Texas Agents Conference—a weekend of intense listening, learning, getting to know some warm-hearted and talented Texan writers, meeting agents, and pitching stories. Three key points rose to the top in the ocean of information that was the conference.
The state of the publishing industry
In two words: upheaval [...]