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Rachel Nuwer

Rachel Nuwer's first book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking (Da Capo), comes out September 25. The book explores the forces driving illegal wildlife trade, the impacts on the ground, and the possible solutions. Reporting took Nuwer to a dozen countries, including jungles in Vietnam, medicinal blackmarkets in China and a notorious prison in South Africa. Associated website

Sally Wendkos Olds

I just received most welcome news! My first book, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING, was first published in 1972 by Workman Publishing, when breastfeeding rates in this country were at just about the lowest rates ever. I kept revising and updating the book over the years, and Workman brought out the fourth edition in 1999. Yesterday I learned that Workman has just ordered a new printing of the most recent edition. Hooray for moms and babies! And hooray for Workman!

Joseph Beck

A letter to the editor at Newsday. ASJA Member Joe Beck wrote a letter celebrating students at JFK High School, where he teaches, who commemorated students lost at Parkland, Florida and spoke out for stricter gun control laws. Associated website

Kim Campbell Thornton

Kim Campbell Thornton recently edited From Fearful To Fear Free with coauthors Dr. Marty Becker, Dr. Lisa Radosta, Dr. Wailani Sung, and Mikkel Becker. The guide to understanding and dealing with canine fear, anxiety and stress is the No. 1 New Release on Amazon.com in the animal psychology, science and zoology category. 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
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    – Lawrence Welk
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    – Douglas Adams
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    – Stephen Wright
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    – Robert Benchley
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    – 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
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    –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
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    – Chang–rae Lee
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    –Samuel Johnson