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    I wrote a book called The Forest for the Trees and it’s an advice book for writers. For four years, I blogged every day about the agony of writing and publishing, and the self loathing that afflicts most writers. A community of like-minded malcontents gathered and thus ensued a grand conversation. Now, the most popular posts are gathered in Greatest Hits ( a work in progress) Gluttons for punishment can scroll through the archives. If I've learned one thing about writers, it's this: we really are all alone. Love, Betsy
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I Know This World Is Killing You

The results are in! Rosemary Mahoney has kindly judged our contest: what do you see in front of your screen or when you open a notebook?  First place goes to Donnaeve: “Initially I see a room full of strangers, by the end, old friends old enemies.” Rosemary writes: I understand this completely and have experienced it every time even after six books.  The silver goes to MSB: “I see the ledge.” Writes Rose:  The ledge is what I see most days when I think about what it takes to be a published writer. And the Bronze goes to Mari, “I see the scene I’m writing. What the room looks like, where everyone’s standing, the subtle expressions of their faces, the furniture in the room. I can’t even write the scene unless I know the colors of every single thing everyone’s wearing”

Prizewinners please send me (askbetsylerner@gmail.com)  your address for a copy of FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE. Thanks to everyone who left a comment. And here’s a link to Rosemary’s  website with rave reviews and beautiful slide show.. I kid you not: this dog can hunt. She makes you see and feel blindness. Imagine that. Love, B

9 Responses

  1. Congrats to the winners! Also, is your post title is a reference to the Elvis Costello song “Alison”? That’s what I heard in my head as soon as I read it. :)

  2. Wow! This is so exciting! I get an email when a new post comes out, so I saved it to read once I had – of all things – finished cleaning house. And here I am, smelling of Pledge, floor cleaner, and,hungry, so I’m drooling over that cake.

    Thank you for having the contest, and to Rosemary Mahoney for judging!

  3. Congratulations to Donnaeve, MSB and Mari and your well deserved prizes!

  4. Congrats to the winners, well deserved by all. (Donna you nailed it.) Will someone please cut the cake…now.

  5. Congrats to all especially Ms. Mahoney. I loved the book and as a physician I was a little surprised how the book led me to recognize my own misconceptions about the blindness. Absolutely fantastic read.

  6. Thank you! I’m thrilled to get a copy.

  7. […] a month ago, I won first place (wheee!) in a contest out on Betsy Lerner’s blog.  The prize was a copy of Rosemary Mahoney’s sixth book, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE WHO SEE.  […]

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