Archive - August 9, 2016

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Wanted: Twenty Thousand Words
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New books by Peace Corps writers — July 2016

Wanted: Twenty Thousand Words

  “How many words does your manuscript have?” asks the editor. “About forty thousand,” I answer. “Well, you’re short twenty thousand words,” she says. I slump in my chair. We’re talking about a manuscript I submitted for my second book. Twenty thousand more words? And not just any words. No fluff. No verbal garbage. No verbiage. But words that add something. I spend a few days in a writer’s funk. Ideas do not come running towards me like a friendly dog with its tongue hanging out. I must not look for them. Pretend I’m not interested. Then when I’m taking out the garbage, an idea raises its hand. Today I think: why start from zero? Go to my previous blogs. Maybe there are some that can be expanded or further developed. So I read through this year’s blogs and make a list. I feel better already. Having a list is . . .

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New books by Peace Corps writers — July 2016

  To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com — Click on the book cover, the bold book title, or the publishing format you would like — and Peace Corps Worldwide, an Amazon Associate, will receive a small remittance that will help support the site and the annual Peace Corps Writers awards. See a book you’d like to review for Peace Corps Worldwide? — Send a note to peacecorpsworldwide@gmail.com, and we’ll send you a copy along with a few instructions. • Democracy on the Edge: A Discussion of Political Issues in America Terry A. AmRhein (Swaziland 1970s) with Dr William K. Fifield Mill City Press 2015 300 pages $16.00 (paperback), $9.99 (Kindle) • In the Belly of the Elephant: A Memoir of Africa Susan Corbett (Liberia 1976–79) CreateSpace March 2016 396 pages $14.99 (paperback), $4.99 (Kindle)   • White Moon in a Powder Blue Sky: A Primer in Healing from both Sides . . .

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