Monthly Archive: November 2016

Remembering William Zinsser

Over Thanksgiving I visited with a cousin who wanted to do some writing as a sidelight to his day job in finance. We got to talking about good reference books for nonfiction writing. He asked if I had heard of…
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Texana Thursday: Celebrating Turkey (Texas)

Texas, as I’ve written elsewhere, has its share of cities named for heroic and historic figures. (Texas tends to outdo itself there.) But on Thanksgiving, perhaps it’s fitting to celebrate a town named for the main course at many households…
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3 Lessons Learned from a Self-Publishing Experience

In 1992, I and four others self-published the Tales from the Emperor’s Kitchen: An Anthology of Poetry, Short Stories, and Essays. None of us expected the book to confer upon us literary greatness (it didn’t), or ensure our financial security…
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Texana Thursday: The Mercury Seven, Second of 2 Parts

Last week’s article talked about Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, and Gus Grissom, four of the original Mercury Seven astronauts. This week’s article touches on the other three astronauts. 1. Wally Schirra won a Clio advertising award. Imagine having…
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A Quick Guide to Query Letters

Suppose you have a great idea for a nonfiction magazine article or book—how to prepare delicious high-fiber recipes, for example. You can see your article being placed in a given magazine, or your book being traditionally published through a commercial…
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