Leslie Charteris

By George Alex Windish Leslie Charteris is not a forgotten writer. Though he wrote other things, he will go down in literary history with his character, Simon Templar, the urbane, sophisticated, gentleman-adventurer better known as the Saint. Charteris was born in 1907, the son of Dr. S.C. Yin, whose roots could be traced to the … Read more

Review Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Review by Lynne Mahan Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande First printing: Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York, 1934 J.P. Tarcher, Inc., Los Angeles, 1981 175 pages Some of the amazing things about Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer, a writing how-to book (in addition to the fact that it was written in 1934), are the techniques … Read more

The Dreaded Daily Word Count

By Chris Stewart Open any book on “how to write,” and somewhere you will find a discussion of how many words you should write every day. Forget the struggle to get ourselves to the paper or the computer every day, now we have to produce a certain number of words? Me? I don’t write every … Read more

Writing a Memoir: Should You Do It?

By Lisa Silverman With the tremendous success of such memoirs as Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club, and Dave Eggers’s A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, the 1990s and early 2000s saw an explosion in the genre. The boom was seen in the number of memoirs acquired by publishers, the number of titles shelved in … Read more

Record-keeping for Your Sanity

By Jan Weeks I eased into freelancing while teaching middle school. Back then, record-keeping for tracking expenses and income was easy. I just added my meager writing pay to my form 1040 and filed it with my W2 from my regular job. Then I started submitting and selling more, and suddenly all those scraps of … Read more

Writer Beware: Sharks in the Literary Waters

By Victoria Strauss There are sharks out there in the literary waters.  Be wary: literary deceptions abound, from fee-charging agents to dishonest book doctors to fraudulent subsidy publishers to fake contests. Some of them are staggeringly successful. Edit Ink, for instance, a book doctoring firm that engaged in a kickback scheme with disreputable literary agents, … Read more