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Free trial at Publishers Marketplace

December 30, 2011

Tags: PublishersMarketplace, agents

Treat yourself to a deal: "To catch up on what you've missed, we have a free trial running at PublishersMarketplace through the end of 2011: Join now and sample all of our resources over the next few quiet days. (Cancel on or before January 1, 2012 if you do not want to convert into a full paid member (more…)

20 great resources for aspiring writers of children's books

December 29, 2011

Tags: children's books, SCBWI

Want to know how to write and sell a children's book? Children's book publishing works in a different universe from adult publishing. Educating yourself on the basics by exploring the excellent resources of the Society of Childrenís Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Go to meetings of local (more…)

The interviewee's right to "edit" a transcript or story

December 12, 2011

Tags: censorship, interviewee's rights

A reader asked: When I am going to interview (unpaid) interviewees and publish an account of their experiences, do I give them the transcript? Do I have sole discretion about how what I write is written or does the interviewee have the right to revise? What should we discuss and agree to in advance about what's going to happen? (more…)

Narrative Medicine and Medical Narrative

December 2, 2011

Tags: narrative medicine, medical narrative, illness as narrative

At a narrative medicine workshop at Columbia University, I learned that narrative training with stories of illness "enables practitioners to comprehend patientsí experiences and to understand what they themselves undergo as clinicians." In The Wounded Storyteller, Arthur Frank writes about restitution narratives (in which the narrator, expecting to get well again, is focused on the technology of cure), chaos narratives (in which the narrator sees illness lasting forever, with no respite), and quest narratives (more…)