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Starting a Re-write

Andrea Cagan - Monday, February 26, 2018
Starting a Re-write
I recently picked up a first draft of a book I was writing a while ago and decided to dig in and do another draft. But apparently my manuscript had other ideas. As I read the material through, I knew something was missing. It wasn’t hanging together properly, it didn't sound like me, but I was stumped as to what was wrong and what I should do. Indignation rose up. This story was mine. I had created it, developed the characters, chosen a plot line, worked out the pacing, and now, I couldn’t figure out how to pick up where I left off. I just couldn't get back in there.  

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The Learning Curve

Andrea Cagan - Friday, July 24, 2015
The Learning Curve

The past few months have been filled with so many new twists and turns, it leaves me breathless as I think back. I took on the task of self-publishing my memoir partially to avoid certain miseries like rejection, (I had no interest in facing the kinds of cruel comments and rejections typical of agents and publishers), endless waiting and criticism about what did or did not belong in my book. I figured that this was my memoir and I was the only one qualified to make those choices. Granted, publishers have tough decisions to make, but I often wonder if they put any thought into the fact that there is a human being on the other end of the manuscript they are evaluating and criticizing, choosing and/or tossing aside. 

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Losing and Gaining Heart

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, July 16, 2015
Losing and Gaining Heart

I woke up this morning and I felt paralyzed. Why? I wondered. I finished my memoir, I self-published it and now I’m marketing it: submitting it for reviews, sending emails, posting on social media. All the things one is supposed to do to market a book these days. But I am surprised to find that I don't like it very much. Wearing a publisher’s hat doesn’t really suit me. But I have to do it anyway. 

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Self-Publishing

Andrea Cagan - Thursday, June 25, 2015
Self-Publishing

When I began writing for a living several decades ago, publishing your own book was considered a last resort. Something you did after exhausting all other dignified possibilities. There were a spattering of companies to choose from that all carried the pejorative term “Vanity Press.” As if publishing your own book was self-serving, a disrespectful act of vanity. Clearly, this was before “selfies” became a household word. 

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