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How Do You Know When You’ve Over-written?

A Useful Platitude By Ross Howell Ross Howell followed a career in academic fund-raising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction full-time, and will be teaching at Elon University in the fall. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his […]

What Do Publishers Want?

Jumping Through Hoops By Ross Howell Recently my mother-in-law’s neighbor phoned me after he learned that I had studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He had completed a first novel, had gotten a response from an agent, and wanted to know what to do next. “There seem to be so many hoops to jump through,” […]

How Important Is Rewriting?

By Ross Howell Ross Howell followed a career in academic fund-raising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction full-time, and will be teaching at Elon University in the fall. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his wife, Mary Leigh, […]