2017 PNWA Finalist

I recently received a phone call, followed by an email message that begins with:

Dear Roxana Arama,

Congratulations! You are a finalist in the 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. You should be very proud as PNWA received close to Eight Hundred contest entries from all around the world. An agent or editor will be selecting the first, second and third place winners in each category.

I entered the Historical category of the PNWA Literary Contest in February 2017 with The Wedding Bell, my speculative novel. I’ll be pitching to agents and editors at their literary conference in July, and being a finalist could only help in that nerve-racking process.

My 2016 in Publishing

“So, what do you do?”

“I’m a writer.”

“Oh, wow. What have you published?”

“Well, I’m a writer, not an author. I haven’t published a book yet, but I’m working on a novel.”

“Oh. That’s interesting. Have you heard of publishing on amazon?”

“Yeah, I have, but… it’s not that simple.”

I can’t tell you how many times I had this conversation with new acquaintances. Continue reading

The Madwoman and the Flypaper

First things first: being a fiction writer is, in my opinion, a type of fortunate madness, sanctioned by society, tolerated by family, where a lonely person locked in a room, hallucinating about figments of her imagination, playing god in a world of her own creation can claim to be a functional member of said society, and could even be gainfully employed, to the relief of said family. Continue reading

Four Reasons to Join a Writing Practice Group

First posted on Bob and Jack’s Writing Blog on August 2, 2012. This post refers to the writing practice that starts every Tuesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Louisa’s Café and Bakery in Seattle. We write for 45 minutes with a timer, then break into groups of four and share our work.

Update 01/18/2017: Louisa’s Café closed its business in December 2016. Our group is now meeting at Vios Café at Third Place (6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115), but just to be sure, check out Writing Practice before heading there.

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