Showing posts with label Jane Friedman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jane Friedman. Show all posts

Sunday, July 24, 2016

About MFA's in Writing

From Gabriela Pereira's page on Twitter, I linked to the article  "3 Myths About theMFA in Creative Writing" by Jane Friedman. A must read for those thinking about an MFA in Creative Writing. 
I value education but resent the push into MFAs or PhDs as the Holy Grail for publishing or winning contests and by most writing media. Ok, so I wouldn't want a surgeon to operate on me without a Medical degree but have books become notable only if written by those with a degree?  I have read amazing books and taken fabulous courses from teachers without an MFA or Ph.D. and some awful by those with degrees.
Although I wanted a degree in Parapsychology, Anthropology or History almost all my college was job advancement motivated. Dyslexia and that English is not my first language exacerbated my insecurity.
So, why do I write?  It’s a passion. Stories, poems, and screenplays come to me, not just in dreams but also to live in me. I write regardless of whether I publish or not. I have published some poetry and articles and wrote for Examiner.com as Sacramento Populist, and CBS-Sacramento Arts&Entertainment.

Once you read "3 Myths About the MFA in Creative Writing" by Jane Friedman, I'd love to know what you think on Facebook@mma Twitter, LinkedIn or Google.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Free info on effective publishing

I love to share freebies because as I prepare to publish my novel Virgins, the first of my Ayekah series, I find an abundance of sites that want $$$ to publish and or sell my work. So, I am learning how to be more effective and that is how I came upon The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)
In the April 15, 2016 email are several free speaker sessions and today I watched the video: The Future of Publishing: 7 things an Author MUST Know. Jane Friedman explains: domain names; mobile friendly URLs; how to describe myself and key words in bio; what gets the most visits, and much more.
Yes, it can be mind-boggling not just the publishing aspect but also the marketing, because a published book can just gather dust on your publishing site's shelf. 
Jane Friedman's video is also on YouTube: The Future of Publishing: 7 Things an Author Must Do