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Robin Westen

Honorable mention -- 2019 Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards and Gold Award winner -- 2019 National Mature Media Award. Both for the article "My #MeToo Moment" published in AARP Magazine Associated website

Margie Goldsmith

Margie Goldsmith, winner of 90 writing awards, has just been chosen into the KIRA Summer Artist program of Kingsbrae Garden Residency for the Arts in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick. The program includes four weeks in a freestanding studio set in among the gardens of Kingsbrae, a stipend, private bedroom and bath in a well-manicured historic property, breakfast and dinner daily and access to the Gardens and public events. Margie Goldsmith was chosen from 223 applicants, and will take her residency the month of August, where she will be working on a new book. Associated website

Jyrki Penttinen

I am pleased to inform that I just published The 5G User’s Guide: The Next Generation Revealed. This book contains the essential information we all need in order to start using 5G. It presents the principles of the 5G mobile devices and networks, and gives practical guidelines for selecting, setting up, and using mobile phones and services. The fifth generation of mobile communications is about to take off and it will be the big thing throughout 2020s. While the new 5G networks are being deployed and evolve, this guide works as a survival kit for the ones wanting to know more about the practical aspects of the new era in non-technical terms. Associated website

Kim Eierman

My new book was published by Quarry Books on 1/7/20, "The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening" Associated website

Jen Reeder

On February 9, 2020, Jen Reeder won two awards from the Dog Writers Association of America, including The Pet Candy Award, which honors “the most inspiring story about a pet lover” and comes with a $300 prize. Reeder’s winning entry, “Service dog helps 7-year-old boy prepare for his 10th surgery,” appeared on the TODAY show’s website. Associated website

Judi Ketteler

Judi Ketteler's book, Would I Lie to You? The Amazing Power of Being Honest in a World That Lies, was published in January 2020 by Citadel Press. The book explores what it means to live a more honest life in today's world of lies, and is partly based on a New York Times essay she wrote about keeping an honesty journal. The Library Journal review called the chapter on self-honesty "particularly stimulating," and said the book overall was “Great for generating discussion on the subject of authenticity and thinking through tough questions.” Would I Lie to You? has received coverage in TIME.com, The New York Times, Business Insider, Fast Company, and other outlets. Associated website

Kimberly Potts

New York-based TV historian and entertainment journalist Kimberly Potts’s book The Way We All Became The Brady Bunch was released in December 2019 by Grand Central Publishing. In the book, Potts takes readers behind the scenes and into the history of the series to document how, despite middling ratings and negative reviews, Mike, Carol, Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby, Cindy, and Alice emerged as America’s favorite TV family and enduring pop culture icons. Associated website

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett

Sports journalist and author, Merlisa Lawrence Corbett is excited about the release of her new book "Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Heroine, " published by Rowman & Littlefield. More than a biography, Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Heroine not only tells the story of her upbringing and remarkable career but also looks at Williams as a sports pioneer. Lawrence Corbett explores Williams’ influence on cultural and political issues such as body shaming, gender equality, and racism in sports and society. Corbett also analyzes Williams’ impact on discussions of feminism, the sports celebrity, and the marketing of female athletes. Associated website

Kim Eierman

I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, "The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening." Associated website

Candy Harrington

Candy B. Harrington recently released her latest national park access guide, Barrier-Free Travel; National Park Lodges for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The guidebook includes detailed information for wheelchair-users and slow walkers on 52 national park lodges throughout the mainland US. Associated website

Laura Town

Omega Press just released How to Save Money on Healthcare by Laura Town and Karen Hoffman, a book that guides consumers through the confusing process of healthcare benefits and government programs as well as options for medical tourism. Associated website

Susan Johnston Taylor

ASJA professional member Susan Johnston Taylor has launched Grammar Geek Greetings, a line of humorous, grammar-themed greeting cards available on Etsy for writers, editors, teachers, or grammar geeks. Free shipping on all US orders. Associated website

Sandra Beckwith

Sandra Beckwith's Build Book Buzz book marketing site was named one of the top 38 book marketing blogs worldwide by Expertido at the end of 2019 and one of The Write Life's "100 Best Websites for Writers in 2020." Learn why by visiting https://buildbookbuzz.com/blog. Associated website

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson
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