Some Thoughts on Revenge

By Linda Donaldson

Your editors have chosen “Revenge – Sought or Untaken” as the theme for the Summer 2021 issue of our Pearl S. Buck Literary Journal. It is a rich topic that sparked a little etymological research for me.

“Revenge” has many evocative synonyms such as vendetta, payback, karma, or comeuppance. It has been described as sweet or a dish best served cold. Colorful phrases such as even the score or out of spite come to mind. Plus, a new one for me, revengineering, the act of orchestrating a revenge plot! Continue reading “Some Thoughts on Revenge”

April Guild Meeting Discussion Featured Seven Selections

By Linda Donaldson

As members joined our Zoom meeting this past Sunday, several discussed the previous day’s PSB webinar about World Building by Donna Galanti.

Bob McCrillis shared that he uses Excel spreadsheets to sort scenes, plot arcs and characters to organize his work in progress. Other methods shared were cutting up, rearranging and taping segments of a manuscript, or laying out pages of sections on a large table.

Our first story, “Vincent” by Joan Mariotti, started with the frightening discovery of a body. Then we were taken back in time to the killer and his victim meeting in college for the first time. Joan really paints her characters vividly and has a great ear for dialogue. Readers noted flashbacks call for careful tense editing.

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Donna Galanti Reveals How to Get Your Manuscript Past “The Gatekeeper”

You’ve written a book, honed an “elevator pitch” and snagged an interested agent or publisher. After you submit your manuscript, you are told it is not publishable in its current state. The very first “reader” has rejected it. What is a first book’s most common flaw? It is probably not what you think.

Grammar, plot, character development? How about a lack of World Building.

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Pamela Varkony Empowers Authors

By Linda Donaldson

The PSB Writing Center’s Zoom webinar by Pamela Varkony “Building Your Audience and Your Platform” last Tuesday was an eye-opening rundown on what the modern-day publishing timeline looks like.

Most budding authors imagine finding an agent, having a book publisher edit their manuscript and set up publicity tours and book signings – not to mention offer a big advance. Dream on!

Maybe in the good old days, when myriad publishers competed for the next best seller, would they shepherd their authors through the process. Now hardback book publishing is dominated by only a handful of houses which still handle the uber-famous writers with a proven money-making track record.

Nowadays, if you are unknown and want to market yourself and sell your books, you need to get an early start. That’s just what Pamela Varkony, author, freelance columnist and commentator shared in her recent webinar. Warm and engaging, Pam told it “like it is” for our attendees. Continue reading “Pamela Varkony Empowers Authors”

Journaling the Pandemic and Its Aftermath

Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Zoom Class
“Journaling the Pandemic and Its Aftermath”
With Jude Walsh
Tuesday, June 1st, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Centered around the Covid-19 pandemic and the ‘new normal’ soon to come, this session will offer journaling strategies to go beyond simple noting of current events to processing the resulting emotions and challenges. Strategies include: lists, dialogues, letter writing, altered perspective and prompts. Attendees will write in response to a few of the techniques, and a list of resources and additional prompts will be provided for future use. $25 registration fee required.

JudeJude Walsh writes memoir, personal essay, poetry and fiction. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” Before retiring and beginning her writing career, she taught for 33 years, serving students from the preschool to the doctoral level. She is the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me (Morgan James Press), a 2020 Indie Excellence Awards Winner and 2020 International Book Awards Finalist. More information is at her website www.secondbloomcoaching.com

We have a 2-step Registration Process for ALL Pearl S. Buck Writing Center Zoom Classes.

1) Please send your Email & your Home/Cell Phone to Cynthia L. Louden, Chair of PSB Writing Center:  clouden@pearlsbuck.org  or call 267-421-6203

2) When she receives that information, Cindy will forward it to our PSB Volunteer Association President, Nancy McElwee, who will call you asking for your credit card information to process and return a receipt.