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Cynthia MacGregor

Book Exchange Party

Book Exchange Party

I’ve written in this space before about the problem of having too many books, when storage becomes an issue, and good ways to find new homes for them.

Today I’ll discuss an idea for a related problem: How to dispose of books you no longer want, not because you have no room for them but simply because they didn’t meet your expectations or because, having read them once, you have no need or desire to read them again.

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Speaking Freely

Speaking Freely

We just celebrated Banned Books Week last week—if “celebrated” is the appropriate word to use when discussing books that have been removed, or requested to be removed, from libraries, schools, bookstores, and other venues.

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You Don't Have To Be An Author To Write

You Don’t Have To Be An Author To Write

Not everyone who writes is an author. You don’t have to be an author, a graduate of journalism school, or have other “authentication” conferred on you to validate your writing…and your “writing” doesn’t necessarily have to be written. Surely you have heard of “the oral tradition”—TELLING stories.

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Busy And Loving It

Busy And Loving It

So it looks like I’m starting two new ghostwriting projects. One is pure ghosting. It’s nonfiction, motivational, and I’m to structure the book from notes to be provided to me by the nominal author. The other is more of a co-writing gig, but I’m to be uncredited, so therefore it’s still ghosting. This book is also nonfiction, but this one’s religious in content.

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My Chinese Menu Worklife

My Chinese Menu Worklife

Very few book authors write nothing but books all day every day. Leaving aside the necessity of submissions of unpublished manuscripts, publicizing published books, and all the other requisite miscellany in an author’s professional life, most book authors do other types of writing as well. Continue Reading

Noms De Plume

Noms De Plume

As you may already know, the title of this week’s blpgpost, “Noms de Plume,” is the French for “pen names,” not so often used now as the English term, but once very common, as was the practice of using pen names. They are also called “pseudonyms”: false names.

You may wonder, quite understandably, why any author would want to hide her/his light under a bushel—or under a faux byline. Actually there are many reasons, some of them quite good.

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Routine? Nah!

Routine? Nah!

A publisher who is also a writer herself posted a query on Facebook yesterday, asking other writers what their routine is: Do they give themselves quotas (she didn’t use that word) of turning out so many words per day or putting in so many minutes or hours per day of writing?

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When Work Brings A Change Of Pace

When Work Brings A Change Of Pace

As you may know, I not only write but edit as well. And, as I believe I have stated in this space previously, my personal reading preferences run strongly to nonfiction. My leisure reading rarely includes novels, and only on select occasions does the nonfiction I read include anything political or scientific.

But my work often brings me manuscripts to edit that range far afield from my usual reading tastes. And, to my mind, that’s a good thing. Continue Reading

Keep Those Books Circulating

Keep Those Books Circulating

I have a friend who loves to go to book sales. Even better, last weekend there was a FREE book grab, and she absolutely POUNCED.

What does she do with all the books she acquires? Some she reads and keeps. Others she reads and then resells on eBay. Some she buys for resale purposes from the get-go, not intending to read them herself but sure that there is a market for them. And some—mostly the ones that fail to sell—she simply lets go of.

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