Category Archives: Your Best Chapter

Five Things to Do While Waiting to Hear from a Literary Agent about Your Book

So, the new novel is done! I sent it to my literary agent, Steven Chudney, who has sent it on to different editors at various publishing houses. Now comes the waiting, waiting, waiting time. From the high excitement (and a … Continue reading

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Frances Dinkelspiel: Do A Lot of Writing. Practice, Practice, Practice.

In my series of interviews with writers, I have been fortunate to talk to a wide variety of writers, including Molly Antopol, Anita Diamant, Dara Horn, Tatiana de Rosnay and many others. Today’s interview is with Frances Dinkelspiel, author of Towers … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday: Today is a Gift. That’s Why It’s Called the Present.

Colette said, “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” I’m going to do a tahara — a burial ritual — at the cemetery in our village in a few hours. Whenever I get a … Continue reading

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If You Haven’t Heard: HarperCollins Release of A REMARKABLE KINDNESS on August 11, 2015

For those of you who didn’t see my email, I’m delighted to announce that HarperCollins will publish my first novel, A REMARKABLE KINDNESS, on August 11. Perserverance pays off! A REMARKABLE KINDNESS is the story of four American women who … Continue reading

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Andria Williams’ Debut Novel: The Longest Night

I’m happy to welcome Andria Williams, who just sold her debut novel, The Longest Night, to Random House. The sale of her novel (originally called The Falls) and the sale of my novel, A Remarkable Kindness (originally called The Women’s … Continue reading

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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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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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