19 Aug '13, 6pm

There's a new essay at Beatrice from @Asheville writer Susan Reinhardt, about her locally published novel!

There's a new essay at Beatrice from @Asheville writer Susan Reinhardt, about her locally published novel!

I always knew I wanted to write a novel, but life and kids and the day job as a columnist and reporter just seemed to get in the way. One day I told myself, if I write a page a day, I’ll have a novel in a year. Let’s just say that novel was so-so and is in a box somewhere in my basement, probably festering with dead bug carcasses. Over the next few years, I took this craft more seriously and studied the best writers, enrolled in fiction classes and read many books on how to write the Great American novel. I had a decent draft of Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle , then under a different title, and submitted it to New York’s top agents. After a bunch of rejections, three wanted to represent me, and I went with the one I felt best matched. He tried to sell the novel. We got rejections that glowed like a supermoon. Even though I felt discouraged, a common angst among write...

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