News Flash–Writing and Reviewing Edition


newsCongratulations to Letty Blanchard, winner of ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS by Connie Mayo!

Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–

From the 2016 Debs:

Louise Miller received her first Goodreads review! She is thrilled (and terrified) that her book is taking baby steps into the wider world in the form of galleys and arcs.

Jennifer S. Brown is brushing up on her nonfiction skills with an op-ed writing course. It’s a whole different part of the brain, writing things that are true.

Heather Young wrote the first chapter of her next novel, LOVELOCK. It’s terrible, but she’s trying not to remember Anne Lamott’s wise words: “It’s the job of the first draft to suck.”

Abby Fabiaschi sends her agent book two– WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LUCY BISCARO?– today. You can find her tonight on the dock at sunset with a glass of wine as big as her face.

Aya de Leon got a limited extension on book #2 so the panic is subsiding. She’s learning to be organized (at her publicist’s request) and therefore learning to use ToodleDo. She had her first piece on Huffington Post, and is getting her first feature in Bitch magazine. She’s eagerly preparing for the San Francisco Writers Conference next week, including the first ever SFWC Diversity panel which she’s organizing and moderating.

For Writers

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

* There’s a hilarious “guide” to how to interpret rejection letters by Seth Fried in the Tin House blog. We especially like his drunken-giraffe- plunging-over-a-cliff-wearing-a-beer-helmet metaphor.

* Not so hilarious, but very comforting, is this article on how to handle rejection as a writer by Angela Doll Carson in Women Writers: It’s Not You, It’s Me

* This serendipitously timed piece By Lucy Burdette in Jungle Red Writers on the development of a cover design dovetails perfectly with this past week’s Debutante Ball topic: A Cover Story

Places to Submit

From the Harvard Book Store: “The shortest month of the year is upon us. To celebrate this little month, Harvard Book Store is once again making a little book of short, short stories…Write and submit stories of no more than 500 words. Then Harvard Book Store staff will have two weeks to review the submissions, pick their favorites, and assemble them into a book that we will print in-store on Paige, our book-making robot. We’re also looking for designers to make and submit eye-catching cover artwork, and we’ll pick up to three of our favorites. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Friday, February 12th.” See all the guidelines at

Ragzine is looking for poetry, photography, reviews, interviews, art, travel stories, creative nonfiction, memoir, informed political commentary (no rants), current events, dance, entertainment, cartoons & illustrations, Letters to the Editor, and more. For details, visit

The young children’s magazine, Ladybug, is seeking adventure stories, “remarkable tales to thrill very young children” (ages 3 to 6). Deadline: March 23, 2016. Learn more at

Okey-Panky, Electric Lit’s weekly online magazine of short, darkly comic, ironic, and experimental fiction, essay, poetry, and graphic narrative is open for submissions! The word limit is 1500, and there is no submission fee. Details at

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