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Robin DeMattia

Robin DeMattia won third place in the Florida Press Association weekly newspapers features non-profile category during the association's annual conference in August. Robin has been a freelance journalist and marketing consultant for 27 years. Associated website

Christine Heinrichs

My entry to the Reported Narrative contest at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Flight of the Condor: From Brink to Precipice, was awarded second place. The 5,000-word narrative tells how condors, after coming close to extinction, have been restored through captive breeding, but now face lethal poisoning in their native habitat due to lead ammunition. The prize included a nice trophy and $2,000. Writers who enter are invited to a workshop to improve their work with other editors and writers. I'll now take their suggestions and rewrite the story for publication in Ten Spurs in December. Associated website

Christine Adamec

Christine Adamec coauthored The Grandfamily Guidebook: Wisdom and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Hazelden, 2018) with Andrew Adesman, MD. The authors spent two years researching and writing this groundbreaking book, which offers practical financial, legal, medical, and emotional advice for readers. The book includes anecdotes, sidebars, and links that grandparents and professionals will appreciate. The authors have received accolades from prominent physicians, psychologists, a former Surgeon General, and other luminaries and the foreword was written by William Sears, MD. Adamec has been raising her 12-year-old grandson since he was six months old.

Jennifer Billock

My new book, Ghosts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, will be publishing October 1 with The History Press. The book covers ghost stories in the UP and combines them with historical research to create a full picture of the truth behind the stories.

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

  • 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