Tag: THE IDIOT’S TALE

Progress by Retreat: Three Kinds of Writing Success

This month, I’m looking forward to spending five days in the Santa Cruz mountains at the Northern California Writers Retreat, an annual gathering of authors. The workshops will be led by an agent, a freelance editor, and a visiting author. There’s yoga and food and solo cabins. Basically it’s a dream come true for any self-employed … Read More »

Review: Rediscovering Palestine (aka, adventures in new research sources)

Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 by Beshara Doumani My rating: 5 of 5 stars You won’t know how fascinated you are by the economy of an ancient city until you start reading Doumani’s engrossing portrait of eighteenth-century Nablus. It’s written with the thorough, poignant eye of a biographer and the tacit … Read More »

Submissions update

Last week, I sent out two full manuscripts and two partials. Yesterday I got a rejection on one of the fulls, with revision ideas. I’ll take it as a good sign that THE IDIOT’S TALE’s first rejection letter was personal and helpful–unlike the gajillion quarter-sheet rejection slips from literary mags, which I have collected on … Read More »