RPLA Showcase: Alison Nissen

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Autobiography/Memoir Resolve, Courage, Hope by Alison Nissen In Resolve, Courage, Hope, discover the true story of murder, aftershock, court trials, and picking up the pieces. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Alison Nissen won First Place in the Unpublished Autobiography/Memoir category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the privacy of the home with little to no … Read More »

The Writing Life: Research Part I

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Occasionally as writers we run up against the notion that we are simply “making stuff up in our heads and writing it down”. For fiction writers that notion is partially true, but relates, for the most part, only to the progression of our plots. Non-fiction writers also have occasion to be creative— descriptions, changed names, aggregated characters, condensed dialogue— but all based on what is known to have happened. The vast foundation of any type of writing is research. Research … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Russel Lazega

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Autobiography/Memoir Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega In Managing Bubbie, a defiant mother’s incredible escape from the Nazis leads to the confounded family that must try to manage her 40 years later. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Russel Lazega won First Place in the Published Autobiography/Memoir category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the privacy of the … Read More »

Permission to reprint

This is obtaining legal permission to use material copyrighted by someone else. In The Chicago Manual of Style (sixteenth edition) figure 4.3 on page 195, you’ll find a letter requesting permission to reprint copyrighted material. If you don’t have access to it, here’s the gist of it: Start with who you’re writing to and the date. Quote what you wish to reprint. Place author, publication, and date of your publication where the quoted material appears. State that you want nonexclusive … Read More »

Five Essential Questions to Ask Your Potential New Literary Agent 

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As a literary agent in major trade publishing, at book publishing’s leading literary agency—the Trident Media Group literary agency—I often get asked some important questions by savvy authors wanting to gain literary representation. These five essential questions for an author to ask of a prospective literary agent ought to help new authors unfamiliar with what to look for in a credited literary agent. Does your commission structure follow industry practices and norms? A lot of authors are mistrustful of their … Read More »

Six Productivity Apps Every Writer Should Have

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There’s not a lot of gadgetry and technology that goes with writing. Sure, there are dozens of “simple” word processors out there, that all promise to strip out the unnecessary stuff from a word processing program, leaving you with the bare bones functionality. But beyond that, there’s not a lot of apps that we writers can really benefit from. Not when we can pretty much function with a golf pencil and the back of an envelope to get our work … Read More »

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