News Flash! Too Much Egg Nog Edition!



Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Marisa de los Santos’s THE PRECIOUS ONE!

From the 2016 Debs

Louise Miller is writing out the recipes that will be included in THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING. Her copy edits are due on Tuesday. After she turns them in she will turn into a baking machine for the remainder of the holiday season.

Jennifer S. Brown was excited to find MODERN GIRLS included on some book bloggers most anticipated debut books of 2016! (Cyber-stalking yourself can be a good thing.)

Heather Young is drinking too much egg nog.

Abby Fabiaschi removed the power source during a software update on her mac air thinking her battery could handle it. DO NOT DO THIS. She lost two days of writing. And is down some coin.

Aya de Leon is finally digging into her 2nd novel–a sort of belated NaNoWriMo for the month of December–as she waits for copy edits for UPTOWN THIEF. As well as obsessively blogging about Claire Vaye Watkins’ “On Pandering” essay.

For Writers

Here are some of the best things we saw on the internet this week:

  • This is fun: blogger David Gutowsky (aka “LargeHeartedBoy”) collects 625 online “Top 10 Books of 2015” lists. How many have you read? Top Ten Lists
  • Erika Swyler writes movingly about writing her first novel — a book that lives in eBook purgatory under a name that’s not her own — and caring for her dying mother while writing her second, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, for The Quivering Pen: My First Time, by Erika Swyler
  • Two of our Debs were busy on the internet this week. We can’t resist plugging our own Aya de Leon’s terrific essays in response to Claire Vaye-Watkins’ much-buzzed-about piece in Tin House, On Pandering: How to Write Like a Man, and Louise Miller’s interview with the Grub Street blog about writing her first novel while working full time as a baker.

Places to Submit
The Glimmer Train Fiction Open is accepting submissions until January 2. Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers! Most entries run from 2,000 to 6,000 words, but we invite stories from 2,000 to 20,000 words. The first place winner receives $2,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies. Second and third place prizes also awarded. The reading fee is $21 per story.

Still: The Journal is an online literary journal published three times a year in February, June, and October. Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that iswritten by an author with a connection to the region. Submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction accepted during from December 1–31.

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, published by Press 53 in Fall 2014) is an anthology of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States. Volume I consisted of 20 stories by 20 authors set in 20 countries. Volume II will consist of around 20 fictions, with no more than one story set in any one country. Included stories will be a mix of previously published and new work. Each contributor will be entitled to a contributor copy and author discounts on additional copies. Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2015.


Author: Louise Miller

Louise Miller is the author of THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/August 9, 2016), the story of a commitment-phobic pastry chef who discovers the meaning of belonging while competing in the cut-throat world of Vermont county fair baking contests. Find out more at

2 Replies to “News Flash! Too Much Egg Nog Edition!”

  1. Thanks so much.. I love these Sunday posts with all the links to info and contests, etc. I especially valued the info about and link to the “On Pandering” article this week, and Aya de Leon’s response(s).. great stuff… thank you!!

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