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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

Blogging is fun!

My most favorite blogger, John Hewitt, has a delightful post about why he loves blogging more than freelancing. He gives five reasons: (1) he doesn’t have to send out query letters; (2) he can write about whatever he wants; (3) he doesn’t have to answer to an editor; (4) he […]

The debate on self-publishing continues

Georganna Hancock of A Writer’s Edge has an interesting post on what’s wrong with self-publishing. She makes some good points, noting that some self-published books lack quality in both writing and book design. Of course, I took exception to her general tone and just had to post a response. You […]

Feedback from Self-Published Authors

This Sunday’s New York Times has a couple of interesting letters in the Book Review section, responding to Rachel Donadio’s essay of on POD publishing. Maryann McFadden and Daryl Pebbles (AKA Hutton Hayes) are published authors. Click here to read their letters in full. Ms. McFadden originally published her master’s […]

More on POD–correction

This just in from Mr. Orr regarding his website, POD Book Reviews & More: “As of 4/1/08, iUBR was opened up to submissions from most POD imprints. I could never have handled the volume alone, but five additional reviewers were added earlier this year. We welcome submissions from all POD […]

More on POD

Remember my rank about self-published authors needing book reviewers in order to gain legitimacy? Well, one such reviewer just contacted me! Floyd M. Orr , a self-published author himself, offers to read and review iUniverse publications at his website, POD Book Reviews & More. He doesn’t mince words when it […]

All Things Ebooks

A website after my own heart?  I could spend hours on Ebook Crossroads without exhausting all the information that it has to offer.  The site claims to be the “One-stop Resource for eBook Writing and Publishing,” and it may well be given the list of reviews, products, and general info […]

One Story

I’ve been smitten with a wonderful source of short fiction: One Story. A non-profit literary magazine, One Story publishes one story at a time in a print format small enough to fit into a small bag or purse. The stories are between 3,000 and 8,000 words long, and so most […]

The Center Cannot Hold

I’ve just finished reading Elyn R. Saks’ memoir, The Center Cannot Hold, a moving narrative of her journey from her first commitment as a mental patient in Oxford, England, to a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the […]