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Tara Lynne Groth

Tara Lynne Groth released MAGAZINE QUERIES THAT WORKED: BUILD INCOME AND AUTHORITY WITH FREELANCE JOURNALISM in June 2017. MQTW is a collection of all her successful queries, the stories behind each article, how much she was paid, when she was paid, and how her workflow changed as a result of writing each article. Associated website

Mary Ann Sternberg

The 11th Annual Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is currently accepting submissions of fiction by rising African-American authors until the August 15 deadline. Both novels and short-story collections published in 2017 as well as galleys of forthcoming 2017 publication are eligible to win the $10,000 award which honors Louisiana native Ernest Gaines and his contribution to literature. The winner will be announced in November, followed by the award ceremony in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on January 18, 2018. Criteria for submissions, entry forms, and more information about the Gaines Award are available at Please direct questions to Lois Smyth at award sponsor, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, at

Candy Harrington

Candy B. Harrington recently released her fourth national park access guide, Barrier-Free Travel; Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. The guidebook includes detailed information about wheelchair-accessible trails, sites, lodging options and attractions in these three Central California National Parks. Associated website

Tish Davidson

Tish Davidson’s 11th book, Vaccines: History, Science, and Issues, from ABC-Clio/Greenwood Press, explains the science behind vaccines in clear, non-technical language. The book also traces the history of vaccine research and the feuds among their developers. Controversy has surrounded vaccines from the start, and this book investigates past and current debates surrounding their use. Vaccines is a valuable resource for libraries, doctors’ offices and for anyone wishing to understand the real vaccine story. Associated website

Fiona Young-Brown

Fiona and her husband have completed their first joint book project, which combines their love of food and old movies. The B-Movie Cookbook shares trivia from 15 classic 1950s monster movies, as well as a series of dishes inspired by each movie. From sea monsters to aliens to radioactive ants - they're all here with associated menus to build your perfect date night. Associated website

Marian Calabro

The American Club: A Centennial History, written by Richard Blodgett, earned the Printing Industries of New England Pinnacle Award for the best-produced hardcover of 2016. The publisher was Marian Calabro’s company, which has books in the works for The Libman Company, American Water, and Farmers Insurance. Associated website

Ann Hoffner

I'm happy to announce that The Natural Burial Cemetery Guide just won the 2017 Green Book Festival Wild Card award. Associated website

Melanie Padgett Powers

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, will co-present a session on plain language for writers and editors at the Association Media & Publishing (formerly the Society of National Association Publications) annual conference, June 26-28, in Washington, DC. Powers has been editing and writing for membership associations for 17 years and has been a member of AM&P for almost as long. She will co-present “Battling the Jargon: Using Plain Language in Your Writing and Editing” with Stacy Brooks, communications manager at the American Physiological Society. The session will encourage association editors and writers to embrace plain language, which is not about “dumbing down.” In the interactive session, Powers and Brooks will teach attendees how writing in plain language will make their stories clearer, stronger and more engaging. Powers will also share information on the latest editing trends, including those discussed at the 2017 American Copy Editors Society (ACES) conference. Associated website

Lauren B. Stevens

Lauren B. Stevens' essay, "Like a Dandelion," was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families (May 2017).

Susan Weiner

Susan B, Weiner, CFA, has become the editor of the NAPFA Advisor, the monthly print magazine of an association of fee-only financial advisors. (Sorry, members, the magazine lacks a freelance budget.) She continues to write and edit for leading investment management firms.

Kelly Boyer Sagert

The PBS documentary where I have writing credits, Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story, has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Associated website

Melanie Radzicki McManus

Melanie Radzicki McManus recently released her memoir, Thousand-Miler (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2017), about her record-setting thru-hike of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Associated website

Paul Vachon

I'm happy to announce that my newest guidebook, MOON Michigan will be released on May 9, 2017. 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
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    –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
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    – Lawrence Welk
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    – Stephen Wright
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    – Robert Benchley
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    – Andrew Jackson
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    – Richard Curtis
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    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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    –Somerset Maugham
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    – Stephen King
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    – Chang–rae Lee
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    –Samuel Johnson