“I probably wouldn’t have been published without Alice Peck. Goodbye, Beautiful went through a number of drafts and versions, and I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t happy with any of them. So I hired Alice to edit the book for me and she suggested changing the story’s narrator. That’s HUGE, right? But it was, hands down, the best advice I’ve ever received. Honestly, when I thought about her approach, I felt the story’s heartbeat.
“You can (and should) have friends and other writers read your work, but I tell everyone I know to hire a freelance editor (unless you already have an editor through your publisher). You’ll get good feedback from your peer reviewers, but you need someone who understands the elements of sentence structure, when you should use an em dash, what an em dash is, someone who can see both the small and big picture for your book. It’s even better if you get someone who understands New York publishing circles, how the industry is changing, and what approaches new and established writers should take. Alice gets all of that. I really don’t want to make this introduction into more of an advertisement for her (although you can find her services here), so I’ll end it by saying that she’s always going to edit every novel I write until she’s dead.”
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Mission Adulthood: How the 20-Somethings of Today Are Transforming Work, Love, and Life (Diversion Books), publishes today.
Mission: Adulthood chronicles the lives of seven individuals who embody this generation, sketching a picture of what life is actually like for young adults today.
You can read an excerpt from the book here.
Buchan draws from his background in law and journalism for his remarkable fiction debut, a novel of political corruption set in Washington, D.C. in the 1990s. South Carolina Senator Buck Ravenel has just been outed by Wade McNabb for having accepted a bribe in exchange for his lobbying power on behalf of a proposed chemical plant in his home state. The powerful Ravenel quickly retaliates, and sues McNabb in an effort to expose the reporter’s source and cripple the small paper. McNabb teams up with young local trial attorney–and love interest–Kate Stewart, and the duo valiantly take a stand against the crooked Senator. McNabb and Stewart’s battle against the “good-old-boy networks” of Capitol Hill makes for a thrilling story, and Buchan’s decades-long involvement with his subject matter lends a refreshing authenticity to the tale and its major players. Fans of John Grisham will relish this new voice.
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When we do self better—cherish and nurture ourselves, empathize with and care for others (including those outside of our circle of family and friends), and relate to life more fluidly and less self-consciously—the experience of self is a home, not a battleground. Not only do we flourish, but we contribute to the enrichment of the world.
Buddha Standard Time (HarperOne, 2011) by foremost Western Buddhist teacher and national bestselling author Lama Surya Das offers an alternative to the ceaseless hustle and bustle of modern American life.
The quest to live a good life has a venerable history. It’s the central concern of Aristotle, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, the prophets, Montaigne, Maslow and now positive psychologists. Such a focus on humans at their best is a useful corrective to Western psychology’s imbalanced emphasis on pathology and illness in its first hundred years. But the conception of flourishing we need in the twentieth-first century must embrace, not ignore, the full spectrum of human experience, from how we live to what we feel, to loving deeply and living ethically.