A Solution for Your Lonely Inbox

The next issue of the Writer Unboxed newsletter — the Writer Inboxed — goes live tomorrow. (Sign-up here.)

Here’s what we’ve got planned for you this month:

  • Special guest Jon Clinch talks about a book that changed his life. Jon is an award-winning writer and a teacher. His first novel, Finn, which relates the backstory of Huckleberry Finn’s father, was an American Library Association Notable Book. It was named one of the best novels of 2007 by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor and Book Sense. It was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle’s first-ever Best Recommended List and the Sargent First Novel Prize. His second novel, Kings of the Earth, was #1 on the annual summer reading list prepared by O, The Oprah Magazine.
  • Jessica Brockmole gleans productivity tips from literary agent  Courtney Miller-Callihan.
  • Literary agent and WU contributor Donald Maass discusses the value of self-assessment in constructing and revealing character.
  • F + W editor and WU contributor Chuck Sambuchino talks about the limits of honesty when crafting memoir.
  • Dee DeTarsio falls in love with an unboxed book — Michael Lowenthal’s The Paternity Test.
  • Want to ensure your cover art is unique? Get tips from an anonymous author.
  • Erika Liodice is back with some highlights from recent publishing news.
  • Independent editor Victoria Mixon explains the real value in writing.
  • Blog mamas Kathleen Bolton and Therese Walsh have a tip on how to look fabulous for your next photo session — or TV interview.
  • Last but not least, some of you take the stage as Vaughn Roycroft shares the best links from this month’s round-up on the WU Facebook page. (Want to have your piece qualify for inclusion? Watch for Vaughn’s thread asking for submissions during the third week of each month.)

If you aren’t already signed up to receive a newsletter and would like to see a model before commiting, here’s a link to last month’s edition, featuring NYT-bestselling author Jacqueline Carey. As always, your information remains confidential and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Any beefs, bouquets, or difficulties with receiving your newsletter, don’t hesitate to contact WU itself or me.

Thanks, peeps. Now back to your regular programming.





About Jan O'Hara

Jan O'Hara left her writing dreams behind for years to practice family medicine, but has found her way back to the world of fiction. Currently the voice of the Unpublished Writer here at Writer Unboxed, she hopes one day soon to become unqualified for the position.


  1. Leslie R. says

    Thanks for posting the link to last month’s! I somehow missed signing up before it went out and I was so disappointed. Glad to have another shot!