The author of Hush, Little Beachcomber talks about leaving her teaching career to follow her dream of writing for children
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Q: Is it ever appropriate to kill off or maim a character in the first sentences of a short story? A: Conflict of this nature has the potential to sabotage a story. It can come off as forced, appealing only to the reader’s sense of shock. It can also render the rest of the story anti-climatic. …
You’ve carefully researched the market, polished your query letter, and sent it into cyberspace. Now comes the hard part: waiting. Fortunately, many writers find that a tactful, well-timed follow-up can significantly boost their chances of landing the assignment. Just ask Steph Auteri, a freelance writer, editor and career coach based in New Jersey, who says, …
Q: Do I italicize the title of a short story? What about poem titles? A: Titles of individual short stories and poems go in quotation marks. The titles of short story and poetry collections should be italicized. For example, “The Intruder,” a short story by Andre Dubus appears in his collection, Dancing After Hours. This can get …
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