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Sandra Beckwith

Sandra Beckwith's website,, recently received global recognition. Feedspot ranked it number 7 among thousands of book marketing blogs while Booksie named it a "Top 100 Writing Site." It has been named a top website for authors and writers three other times in the past, as well. Associated website

Harvey Rachlin

Harvey Rachlin's fourteenth book, written with his brother Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., was published on February 4th by Amsterdam Publishers. Entitled Color War: Dinshah P. Ghadiali's Battle With the Medical Establishment over his Revolutionary Light-Healing Science, it tells the story of a Parsee Indian who in 1920 introduced to the world a new healing science that he spent decades meticulously researching. It was based on color therapy, and hundreds of medical doctors, surgeons, dentists and other health professionals subsequently used it in their practices with astonishingly successful results—often on patients that conventional medicine could not help. Associated website

Patricia Kutza

Patricia Kutza's The Don't Get Me Started! Toolkit Workbook (co-authored with Connie Payne) is now part of the class curriculum in several public and private K-12 schools in Northern California's Contra Costa County. Associated website

Edith Hornik-Beer

Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer is one of the 10 journalists who was recognized by the Matt Kramer 2017 Award for Excellence in Journalism for her articles Therapy: Forget The Couch Think Horses published in September, 2017 in and for her article, Life After NASA, published in The Greenbelt magazine in May, 2016 Associated website

Pat Ryan

Pat Ryan’s book, “Marilyn & the New York Itch,” has won second place in the 2017 Del Sol Press Prize for First Novel. This is the first work of fiction for the former New York Times editor and feature writer, who has two story collections in the works: stories inspired by Manhattan’s literary ghosts, and by life in a New England mill town in the 1940s-1960s. See Pat's Times topics page here: Associated website

Kate Hanley

Written in response to a Marist poll that found that "be a better person" was the most popular New Year's resolution in 2017, Kate Hanley's "How to Be a Better Person" helps you be the change you wish to see in a way that is doable, trackable, and lovable. (Adams Media, December 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
  • 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
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    – Douglas Adams
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    – 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