Rat Medicine on Kindle

I admit I’m excited about this.  My first collection of short stories (the book that stared it all), RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES, is now available in Kindle format.  (I have one of those, and like it much more than I thought I would.) This book was written in early sobriety.  The Globe &…

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Examined on the Examiner

Maybe I should travel more often!  I’ve had some lovely things happen while I’ve been away these past two weeks.  One was the interview I did with poet Diane Lockward on www.Shewrites.com, which I linked to in the preview blog, and now this:  Renee Miller, at www.Examiner.com has written a beautiful review of THE RADIANT…

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5 Questions

I am writing from beautiful Stow-on-the-wolds in England — cheerful beyond measure by splendid countryside and cream teas.  While I’ve been away, the folks at the social networking site for women writers, Shewrites.com, have kindly posted a feature on me, called “Five Questions for Lauren B. Davis.” This week poet Diane Lockward asks award-winning novelist…

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You don't know what you don't know…

This week a friend called me, her tone a bit tightly-wound, and asked if I had a few minutes to talk.  My friend is a writer, someone I’ve met only recently, and she’s just published her first book.  It’s done pretty well.  A few nice reviews, a bit of attention.  She should be happy.  But…

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Newsflash — nobody has a clue

Before I published, I had this fantasy that somewhere, perhaps on the top floor of a glittering skyscraper in New York City, at the end of a long corridor lined with books and the portraits of famous writers, was a room in which stood a heavy oak table surrounded by high-backed leather chairs.  In these…

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Why are you doing this?

It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by bad news these days.  Financial problems, health care ‘debate’ incivility, bombings in subway stations, natural disasters…. it’s grim, and seemingly ubiquitous. Writers and booksellers are no stranger to dire predictions and this week two articles were brought to my attention. One was a blog post from New York…

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Adjusting to the new – scroll vs codex

Now that the Kindle has finally been released in Canada, people there are chewing over what it might mean to them, and to publishing.  Ian Brown is not convinced it’s a good thing and says so in the Globe and Mail. Others are excited about the new technology, in the way many people are with…

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From this broken hill…

I recently heard of an internationally acclaimed author whose work I admire IMMENSELY, having his newly finished novel turned down. (And no, I’m not going to name names.) I don’t know why the book was turned down, although I can’t imagine it was because it wasn’t well written. This man is simply incapable of writing…

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The writer is 'branded'

Publishers and agents will sometimes ask a writer about his or her branding. They want to know what the marketability of the writer is. What the backstory is. They want to know what the publicity angle will be for a book. And, more often than not, they want the writer to provide this information, if…

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