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Joseph Olshan

Advice to Writers: Be Determined and Stay in the Game

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My tenth novel will be published in September. I began writing it more than four years ago. The delay in its publication is mostly due to the fact that I parted ways with my former literary agent as well as my former publisher. When I broke ranks with them I knew I was taking a risk: unless you are incredibly successful and have a stellar track record, it’s difficult to begin again in mid-career. Going out on my own actually turned out to be a lot more difficult than I realized. Part of this was coming to terms with the fact that the publishing business has more and more become like the movie business. I’ve said this before in other…

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20th Anniv. CLARA’S HEART. Grace Paley was delighted to hear I’d sold my book.

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by Joseph Olshan When I was in my twenties I lived in Manhattan on a stretch of West 11th Street informally named Writers’ Block. The novelist Donald Barthelme lived there, as did playwright Israel Horovitz, and perhaps most prominently, Grace Paley, who in those years was still commuting back and forth between Thetford and Manhattan. I rarely saw Barthelme, but I often ran into Grace Paley, a neighborhood darling, motherly with her bun of steel-hued hair, dark fiery eyes, direct and forthcoming without a hint of pretense. If you didn’t recognize her as one of the preeminent short story writers of the late 20th century you might have assumed that, in one of her ankle-length paisley dresses, she was one…

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