To Be a Writer or an Agent

Upon receiving two rejection letters from reputable institutions, I wonder, do I really want to write?  I’m taking this memoir writing class, which is great, but I don’t write as often as I should. I watch moving pictures, I socialize, I putz around on the internet, I talk on the phone, I don’t even read […]

Then there were five…

Today I received a rejection email from Syracuse University.  Another fine choice for a graduate program but somehow, I’m not deflated at all.  I’m ready for the other responses.  I’m gearing up for my next step when all of the letters are in. I will only feel disappointed if USF rejects me.  The others, not […]

The More You Know…

Once again, I’m here to provide more tidbits for a better query letter. With the availability of self-publishing, a large number of authors have gone this route and then look for representation afterwards.  Here’s the thing – if you are self-published looking for representation, don’t send a general letter without including synopses for your books.  […]


Author: Alice Sebold

Published by Scribner (1999)

This memoir is about Alice Sebold’s rape that took place in 1981 when she was a freshman at Syracuse University.  The cover that I have has the first few lines of the book that include the title:

“In the tunnel where I was raped, a tunnel that was once an underground entry to an amphitheater, a place where actors burst forth from underneath the seats of a crowd, a girl had been murdered and dismembered.  I was told this story by the police.  In comparison, they said, I was lucky.” Continue reading “Lucky”

Memoir Writing

While waiting for my “results” from my MFA school choices, I have embarked on a new genre: memoir writing. I find it comes easier to write about my life than to create a new world.  There is something freeing about writing about one’s self.  Maybe it’s because I have kept a journal for as long […]