Toss the green-eyed monster.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

It’s so easy to be jealous. To let the green-eyed monster into your mental house, allow it to sit at the kitchen table in your cerebellum and tell you stories about how things could be so much better if your life was just like that person’s over there. And this is especially true if you’re a writer trying to make it in this often-cruel world. After all, things aren’t fair….


Cash money non-millionaires

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

I don’t often like to talk about money. I’m from an upstate New York yankee-type culture where discussing how much money one makes is like tossing a pair of underwear up in a tree and starting a discussion with your neighbors of who it might belong to. (Everyone thinks you’re a weirdo.) Writer culture, too, treats money as a hands-off topic, and in a way, I think it should remain…


The world of the Architects

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Occasionally, we authors of science fiction get it right. We predict tablet computers, spaceflight, and social movements. Genetic engineering, surveillance, satellites, voicemail—all of it appeared in science fiction first. Sometimes we predict utopian futures—you know, like Star Trek, where everyone’s pursuing their dreams in a society that has eliminated money and inequality. And sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we write futures that are not what we want at all, and we…


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…


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…


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 After graduating from Yale, she spent seven years on Wall Street, at…


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…