Emily S. Keyes
When I learned that the man accused of shooting innocent bystanders Sunday at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement home in Overland Park, Kan., was a former Klansman named Glenn Miller, I shuddered. Thirty-three years ago, when I was an undergraduate at Duke University, I read a small item in the Raleigh News & Observer that mentioned Miller, then the grand dragon of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Miller, it turns out, ran a paramilitary training camp in rural North Carolina.

I interviewed the accused Kansas gunman 33 years ago. He was hateful then, too. (via washingtonpost)

At the time, I didn’t think these sorts of things still happened in the United States. I was wrong.”

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If you don’t have time to read my submission guidelines, then I don’t have time to read your query.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died

lifeinsmallpresspublishing:

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*He wrote my favorite opening line in literature:

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” - R.I.P.

forewordlit:

My handwriting hasn’t improved much. #NationalLibraryWeek #LibraryLoveLetter

forewordlit:

My handwriting hasn’t improved much. #NationalLibraryWeek #LibraryLoveLetter

gailsimone:

OH MY GOD.

gailsimone:

OH MY GOD.

laireshi:

I’ve never before related to a comic quite so much.
Ms Marvel #3

laireshi:

I’ve never before related to a comic quite so much.

Ms Marvel #3

elizabethkiem:

Not in my back yard.

elizabethkiem:

Not in my back yard.

teenauthorcarnival:

chroniclebooks:

It’s National Library Week. Send a love letter to a librarian!
5 Unforgettable Love Letters to Libraries

Jane Austen is always right. 

teenauthorcarnival:

chroniclebooks:

It’s National Library Week. Send a love letter to a librarian!

5 Unforgettable Love Letters to Libraries

Jane Austen is always right. 

Don’t

blairthornburgh:

Start with a prologue.
Start with dialogue, usually.
Start with a character waking up.
Start with a character waking up on the first day of school.
Start with a character waking up on the first day of school and then making a meticulous inventory of personal physical assets in the mirror, Christ.
Use dialogue tags other than “said.” Usually.
Be vague about items in a character’s emotional past just to string the reader along.
Reuse a word in the same paragraph—or the same page—unless you have a conscious reason to repeat it.
Put bullet points in a query letter for fiction.
Misspell my name, please.
Open your query with a rhetorical question—I will answer “no.”
Let all this discourage you.