Author Archives: dianabletter

While Bombs Fall On the Start-Up Nation: How To Keep On Keepin’ On

We interrupt this blog to report on the war that Hamas is waging against Israel. (Do not be deceived that it is the other way around.) What other country warns people that they should leave their houses because a bomb … Continue reading

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One Way to Get a Happy Ending? Write a Novel, Says Reuters Journalist Dan Williams.

I’m happy to welcome Reuters Journalist Dan Williams, based in Jerusalem, who has just self-published his novel, Strip Mine. Diana Bletter: Strip Mine is your first published book starring an unflappable heroine, Jodie Moore, a Mossad agent, who tackles nothing less … Continue reading

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One Country Where Muslim and Christian Arab Women Are Free: Israel.

The Arab girls next to me looked like they were having fun. I was sitting one palm frond hut away, trying to understand what they were saying in Arabic, a language I’ve been casually studying for the past few months. … Continue reading

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1 Tool For Tuesday: DIY. Publish? Write? Start a Business? Travel?

One of the biggest literary agencies on the planet represented me for my memoir, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle. After my agent—I’ll call her Francesca—finished editing it and I’d made the revisions, she invited me into her … Continue reading

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Writers: What’s The Nicest Rejection Letter from A Literary Agent You Ever Received?

Calling all writers: what’s the nicest rejection letter from a literary agent you ever received? Or, for that matter, from a journal or newspaper? I’ve gotten hundreds of rejections. First, there’s the kind that most editors practice these days. The … Continue reading

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How to Stop Self-Pity: Tools From Helen Keller and Pope Francis

So there I was with my head in the refrigerator after spilling a bottle of homemade iced tea all over the place. I went from feeling like a happygoluckyfella to Cinderella the moment I reached for a shmateh and started … Continue reading

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Positive Acts Build Self-Esteem: Do the Small Things Well

Even if all you’re doing today is hanging up four sad socks (like this photo, taken in China) cleaning up the mess, sweeping the floor (again), changing diapers or flipping burgers, do the small things well. That goes for your … Continue reading

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Writers, Got Novel? Here’s A Sample Query Letter to a Literary Agent That Might Help You Sell It.

Finished your novel? Wrote your best chapters? Anxious to get a literary agent? Here is a sample query letter to send to an agent. But waaay before you do that, make sure you: Have the manuscript ready, and as good … Continue reading

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This Self-Published Writer’s Dream Comes True: A Publishing House Contract.

Itching to hear the story of what happens when a writer works hard, hard, hard and doesn’t give up, up, up? One day, she gets a letter in her Inbox from her agent, Steven Chudney, of Chudney Agency, saying that … Continue reading

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Is It Happy or Unhappy Mothers Day For You Today?

It’s my first Mother’s Day without my mother. She died September 13, 2013. So this post is for all those readers who: Have lost their mothers, never knew their mothers, fought with them, ran away from them, were embarrassed by … Continue reading

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