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Six drafts of a book chapter

Yesterday, I turned in the last four chapters of the book. Hooray! I’m not quite done yet. I already have notes for revisions on the first two thirds of the book, and I’ll jump into that on Tuesday. For now, I’m going to take four days off from the book. And for you, here are the… Read more…

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Audio Rights: Sold!

Some great news on this end: the audio rights for Running: A Love Story have sold! From Publisher’s Marketplace: “Audio Rights: Jen A. Miller’s Running: A Love Story, a candid memoir from a runner in the middle-of-the-pack, to Brian Sweany at Recorded Books, by Mackenzie Bready at New Leave Literary & Media (NA)” What that means:… Read more…

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10 things I have learned while at a hotel working on my book

Quite a few things: 1. I have two wrinkles that look like a quotation mark in the middle of my forehead, like it has been whacked over and over again by an oversized typewriter key. Couldn’t the mark be a little more interesting? Like an ampersand? 2. I have a lot more gray hair than I thought… Read more…

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Writing Rituals

A very kind and talented friend is doing a video series about the process of me writing this book, but because he has an actual job and because this is a side project for him, he’s not following me around 24/7. That means I’m shooting some of the video with my iPhone. I usually set… Read more…

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1 big deadline vs. rolling deadlines

So how do you write a book? In fits and starts for me so far. But how do you submit a book? Depends. For my first two books, which were travel guides, I turned in everything at once. For the first one, the editor did a spot check and read some of the entries to… Read more…

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A writer’s seat at the table

  I’m starting to write my book this week, so this was nice to see last night on E!’s livestream of the Golden Globes red carpet.     That’s Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, with the woman who played her in the movie. I met Cheryl in 2013. She’s a lovely woman – charming, funny, and… Read more…

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10 items for a 10-year freelancerversary

Ten years ago, I quit my job, stuck an “A” in my byline, and struck out on my own as a full time freelance writer. I’ve been thinking about what I’d say today since I realized that this year would be the big 1-0, and I keep drawing blanks. So I’m going to use one… Read more…

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U.S. ——> U.K.

Now that my book has sold in the U.S., my agent is starting the process of selling foreign rights. First up: the UK. Today, I went through my proposal and changed/clarified some Americanisms that a British audience might not understand. My junior year of college, I spent the spring semester studying Shakespearean Drama and Modern British… Read more…

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Self-imposed writer retreats

Today I’m writing at you from high above the Atlantic City boardwalk. I’m not working on a story, but changed my setting so I could finish the revision of my book proposal, which I just sent back to my agent this morning. I love my home office. It is designed with me me me in mind, so there… Read more…

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Three books that made me want to become a writer

  I’m working on the revisions of my book proposal, which are largely to the sample writing pages. So while I pick away at the manuscript, I’m also re-reading three books that first made me want to become a writer, and then become a better writer. Some people don’t want to read within the genre they’re writing,… Read more…

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