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Be nice. Thank Chelsea Biondolillo.

  1. Visit her site. She is a nice person and she will be happy!
  2. Leave her a note. Tell her you read her piece. She will be even happier.
  3. She writes short-shorts. 300 words; 500 words. Google her.
  4. Read 5 or so pieces.
  5. Baby, remember her name. A-hahahahahahahahahaha.
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Chelsea Biondolillo shares her famous list of markets for Flash Nonfiction

Chealsea is nice.
Chealsea is nice.

In a move of astounding generosity, writer Chelsea Biondolillo is sharing what must have been hundreds of hours of research: a list of markets and the perfect cover letter:



Dear Ms. Brown / nonfiction editor,

Thank you for considering the attached flash prose, “My Tiniest Essay,” for publication in ThePushcart Machine Review. The word count is approximately 250, and this is a simultaneous submission.


Chelsea Biondolillo


Here is your link, ABSOLUTELY FREE, for no reason other than Chelsea Biondolillo is a generous person.

Flash Nonfiction Markets.

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Indie Author Uses Kickstarter to Fund Book Publication.

Self-luck Tulk.

In look and even more so in self-made luck, Niki Tulk brings to mind riot grrrl original and Lambda Literary Award winner Michelle Tea. Tulk comes across as softer than Tea, whose wire-y, almost dispassionate prose shreds my serenity in the best way possible.

I look forward to comparing Tea’s work to Tulk’s upcoming debut, Shadows & Wings. She will publish her novel in October, having drummed up financing via Kickstarter. Ingenious!

Tulk blogs for SheWrites about the undertaking, discussing her experience with the agent-editor route and her choice to self-publish.

I highly recommend giving Tulk’s post a read. And a big congrats to Ms. Tulk for talking what could be a pioneering step in publishing. Keep an eye out for Shadows & Wings.

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Leonard Nimoy did not like what I wrote about his book.

“Damn you, Alle C. Hall. Damn you!”

In Novmber of 2002, I interviewed Leonard Nimoy for his book, Shekina.

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Book Review Rule #1: Keep your ears open. Always.

I was working in a Jewish bookstore when a massive controversy 86’d Leonard Nimoy’s big speaking event. Such a scandal!

Rule #2: Know who’d want to publish that story.

I was on the phone to The Stranger like a hobo on a ham sandwich. Looking back, I should have tried The New York TImes first. The story went international, ultimately to be parodied on Saturday Night Live. I knew a freelancer at The Times who covered Jewish-y/city-y stuff. However, I had never written for The Times, and I had, regularly, for The Stranger. Bird in the hand vs. bigger publication? A question we will address at the upcoming workshop.

Rule #3: Know your subject.

I had years of experience with the concept of the Shekina. I knew its importance to the various slices of Jewish culture, and I knew what it meant to me.

Rule #4: Be prepared to be inspired.

I call this the “Who knew?” principle. Jews usually define Shekina as the female essence of God. During my research, however, I learned that Shekina translates literally from Hebrew as “Divine Presence.”  The Shekina of Jews was given its female essence by ancient Kabbalists (who pre-dated Madonna by centuries.)

None of the above factored into the published piece, or even into my pitch. So what? I loved learning it. It was fun talking to Leonard Nimoy, too, if you go for that sort of thing.

Rule #5: Hit your deadline and your word count.

You can ask Josie Davis over at PLOP! how I butchered Rule #5 in my recent piece on Madonna. Fortunately for me, she still wants me to review for her.

Rule #6: Write the review that the book deserves, even if it is a negative review; even if it’s about Leonard Nimoy.

Read my final piece, and see if you can tell which part Nimoy objected to. My criticisms were well-supported and the piece well-balanced. I didn’t intend to take pot-shots, but I wasn’t afraid to do my job: critique.

Rule #7: Publicize your publication.

My upcoming workshop at Richard Hugo House will cover this essential area in depth. I might slap up a post about it, if comments demonstrate the interest. HINT HINT.

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Best-selling author gives thumbs’-up to Alle’s “Madonna” review

Really fun to read!

So writes Laura Fraser, whose latest travel memoir, All Over the Map, is the sequel to her 2001 New York Times bestseller, An Italian Affair.

Thanks, Laura!

(I interviewed Laura for How I Got That Story.)