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The Culture Series

I am about to start The Culture series. Does the series have to be read in order of publication?
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Just a warning that Consider Phlebas is an extremely grim, depressing book, though worth reading at some point. The Player of Games is much easier, mentally, with a much more likable protagonist, without being any lighter in concept or world-building.
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Anyone writing, watching or reading #horror  is going to love this little gimmee right here. Free for the taking a, Bandcamp stream of Danny Elfman's Nightbreed Soundtrack. Killer.
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Check out this week's installment of Ghostwriting advice. This blog deals with the nasty topic of how to price your work so you don't get left high and dry.
 
How To Price A Ghostwriting Job

Check out this week's Ghostwriting blog, dealing with the age old question, how much do I charge for my writing?

After ten years of sometimes pricing too high and (more often) too low, I've got a few pointers for writers to consider while struggling with how to price their precious time and words.
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Poetry Book Image Tease

As I put the finishing touches on the poetry manuscript for The Last New Year I thought I'd tease a few of the images. This image was taken by my father in the late 1960's in Coney Island, New York City.

I feel as though the lonesome image of long forgotten amusements fit the book's theme. Urban decay. Technicolor memories. 

Subscribe to my site, Well Lighted Etcetera or follow me on Google+ for updates on the book's creation, release and subsequent adventures.
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Great interview with Sjon, literary author from #Iceland and former lyricist for Bjork and Lars Von Trier. Reading one of his books right now and it's fantastic.
In Iceland, they eat puffin. The best-tasting puffin is soaked overnight in milk. 'Then give the milk to the cat', says Sjón. This is one of the more practical things I learnt when I met the Icelandic writer earlier this year. Sjón has written seven novels and the three that have been translated ...
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Poetry Magazine Seeking Submissions

Word on the street is that Poetry Quarterly is a little low on submissions. As unlikely as that seems, here's your chance to change that up.
Poetry Quarterly is published 4 times a year. Our spring edition is usually lighter. Our editor is Glenn Lyvers. Our website serves as a companion to our print journal. Inclusion in Poetry Quarterly is very competitive. We can only accept a small percentage of the poems submitted.
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Ghostwriting Can Be A Tough Gig...

After ten years in ghostwriting, I've seen, done and heard (mostly) everything. I'm leaving myself open. There is bound to be more.

Check out my most recent blog in which I discuss just some of the ways you can lose that writer for hire gig before you get your foot in the door. 
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Anyone who has ever done a  #ghostwriting  or "work for hire" job knows that coming up with a fair price is the most difficult aspect. Maybe more difficult than the work itself. Too many people intentionally undercut themselves in order to secure work, or don't know how to fairly value their writing services.

If you're deciding what number to send, or re-thinking your freelance writing price structure, check out my blog first and make sure you've thought of everything.

http://erickmertzwriting.com/five-things-to-consider-when-pricing-a-ghostwriting-job/
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How To Price A Ghostwriting Job

Check out this week's Ghostwriting blog, dealing with the age old question, how much do I charge for my writing?

After ten years of sometimes pricing too high and (more often) too low, I've got a few pointers for writers to consider while struggling with how to price their precious time and words.
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New Poetry

A new poem, Postcard Falls, released on my blog, Well-Lighted Etcetera. Subscribe now for weekly new music review, fresh poetry and updates on release of my upcoming chapbook, The Last New Year.
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Anyone willing to share their favorite poetry chapbook review sites?

I planning on self-publishing one The Last New Year  later on this summer and I'd love to know who out there goes above and beyond with a fair write up of the whole book.
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Creating The Poetry Chapbook One Letter At A Time

Hands on was the only way to go with The Last New Year my debut poetry chapbook. Here is my first blog about the process of learning letterpress at Portland's Independent Publishing Resource Center.
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Erick Mertz is a writer/poet from Portland, Oregon. 
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Built my first chicken coop, have a small and complicated brood, but no eggs yet. Don't know which part I'm bragging about.
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  • University of Oregon
    English/Comparative Literature, 1995 - 1998
    Course of literary study focused on 20th Century American & British novelists.
  • Oregon City High School
    General, 1991 - 1994
    Newspaper editor.
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