Your Identity as a Writer

Susan DeFCreative Writing, fiction, Publications, Reflections, StoryQuarterlyLeave a Comment

This week I’m celebrating one of those little wins in the writing life: An acceptance from StoryQuarterly. This is for a story from my collection, Dream Studies, which is currently out on submission—and while other stories in the collection have been published in some lovely places, this acceptance marks the largest and most established market I’ve cracked thus far with … Read More

What Makes a Novel Stand Out on Submission?

Susan DeFCreative Writing, ReadingLeave a Comment

There’s a lot of excellent advice on this blog for getting over the finish line with publishing a novel (and a lot of less excellent advice on the same subject elsewhere!). But to my mind, there’s something critical to that conversation that rarely gets discussed. I think because it’s so hard to actually talk about. A solid story, compelling characters, … Read More

Black Friday Book Magic

Susan DeFDetailed Assessment, fiction, Professional Review, Writing ConsultationLeave a Comment

When I was younger, we used to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving as “Buy Nothing Day”–a protest against the mindless consumerism of the Christmas season. These days, I do my best to practice conscious consumerism, purchasing secondhand whenever possible, and from ethical companies when it’s not–and though I don’t believe conscious consumerism will save the world (if only it were … Read More