Being unrealistic for my debut year

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

My problem, friends, is that I’ve spent too much time being a realist. I was realistic about my prospects when I graduated college, and instead of throwing myself into writing novels, I became a journalist. Instead of going out to LA to pursue a film career, I took the more realistic path of starting a local company that produced weddings, corporate video and commercials. I’ve been a realist all my…

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Rejection is a teacher.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Rejection is a great teacher. When I was a journalist in upstate New York, I’d often have to ask tough questions of people that were not entirely excited to speak to me. The problem is, as a journalist, you can’t really go along with rejection. If someone says “no,” you have to continue to say “yes.” You have a responsibility to the story and to your readers, so you have…

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LAURA HEMPHILL On Being a Woman In a Man’s World + Buying In GIVEAWAY

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Please join us in welcoming fellow debut author, Laura Hemphill, to the Ball today! Laura’s novel, BUYING IN, launched this past Tuesday and has already been chosen as a December pick by Glamour magazine and been called “a fine debut about survival in a cutthroat business” by Publisher’s Weekly. Laura’s writing has appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek and on NewYorker.com. After graduating from Yale, she spent seven years on Wall Street, at…

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6 Surprising Things Freelance Writing Taught Me About Book Publishing

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I started freelance writing in 2006, thinking it would be the perfect lifestyle and career choice for an aspiring novelist. It turns out freelancing not only gave me the time I needed to write fiction, it also taught me several important things about the business of publishing. 1. Yes, you’ll need to write a query letter. For newbie freelancers wanting to break into a magazine, their best shot is usually studying…

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