Fresh Ink Blog

Writing tips, industry news, client achievements and reflections on writing

Award-Winning Short Story Now Available on Wattpad

By Lori DeBoer I’ve been watching Wattpad with interest the past couple of years. This new platform is an exciting up-and-comer in crowdsourced publishing and, while it is brimming with the works of aspiring authors there’s a number of works worth reading there. Best...

Shadow Engineer Has Been Released by Addie Rose Press

By Lori DeBoer I am always excited and happy when my clients have book releases, but the feeling is more like proud auntie or grandma.  With the recent release of Shadow Engineer by Addie Rose Press, I feel like a proud book mama.  The book was originally a solo...

Clients Dominate 2015 Zebulon Awards

By Lori DeBoer Three of the 17 winners for the 2015 Zebulon Awards, a national writing contest organized by Pikes Peak Writers, were books I worked on as a developmental editor and coach. Kim Lajevardi, Westminster, took first place in the mainstream/literary...

After NaNoWriMo: Revising Your Novel

Writing a first draft is merely the first step to bringing a book or story into the world.  Most of the magic of writing occurs during the revision process. As Author Barbara Kingsolver notes:  “Pounding out a first draft is like hoeing a row of corn – you just keep...

Workshop: Secrets of Professional Writers

Do you dream about quitting your cubicle and following the muse full time? This course delves into the strategies professional writers use to step up their writing game. You’ll learn about the pathways to publication and professionalization and income opportunities...

Torch Song, Valley Guide Quarterly

This article originally appeared in Valley Guide Quarterly, Summer 2000 By Lori DeBoer Glass blowing is not for sissies. Flames flare against the charred wooden paddles that shield Scottsdale artist Newt Grover from the heat of the molten glass he twirls on the end of...

A Love-ly Work of Art, Phoenix Magazine

This article originally appeared in Phoenix Magazine, February 2003. by Lori DeBoer Been looking for love in all the wrong places? Well, there’s a whole lotta love these days at the Civic Center Mall in Scottsdale. The newly-acquired “Love” sculpture, towering 12-feet...

“All the Love in the World,” Bellevue Literary Review

This short story was shortlisted for the 2013 Bellevue Literary Prize, judged by Jane Smiley, and published in the April 2013 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. It was inspired by my father, Eldon Rohlk, who had Alzheimer’s Disease and was a farmer in Iowa. ...

Gretchen Clark Receives Pushcart Prize Nomination

Client Gretchen Clark was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize for her short essay, “Pink Chrysanthemum” by the literary magazine 94Creations (www.94creations.com). The Pushcart Prize is one of the most celebrated literary prizes. The Pushcart Prize anthology was...

“Sustainability Tax,” Boulder Weekly

By Lori DeBoer I interviewed a number of folks for an article, “Sustainability tax:  Boulder County proposes a new levy aimed at boosting local agriculture,” which appeared in the May 22, 2014 edition. You can read the article HERE....

Gretchen Clark’s Recent Publication Success

Congratulations to my client Gretchen Clark for her recent publication success. Her piece, “Kiss and Make-Up,” won second place in Writer’s Advice 9th Annual Flash Nonfiction Contest. She also had a piece, “Territory, Redefined,”...

August 20, 2014 – Lori DeBoer’s Writing Book Club

The Boulder Book Store has asked me to host an ongoing book club at the store. The aptly named Lori DeBoer’s Writing Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. There is no charge for this event, and...

Dawn Virnig’s Romance Wins First Place in Zebulon Contest

Congratulations to client Dawn Virnig, whose debut novel The American took first place for Romance Fiction in the 2014 Pike’s Peak Zebulon Contest. Her novel is about an American woman who must trust a shady Australian tour guide to protect her after she stumbles upon...

Amanda McCracken Appears on Katie Couric Show

Congratulations to essayist and journalist Amanda McCracken, Boulder, whose writing on virginity, sexuality and relationships has captured national attention, landing her a spot on the Katie Couric show. “The producers in their research had come across my essays in...

June 14 – August 30, 2014: Take Flight and Write Summer Program

I love to offer value anyway I can to my clients and friends.  That’s why when an opportunity to collaborate on a program with my friend and  Life Coach Susan Osborn came up, I jumped on the chance. This summer, we are offering a three-month foundational program...

Hudson Lindenberger Named Colorado Editor of Bourbon Story

by Lori DeBoer I was very pleased to get the news that Hudson Lindenberger,  Boulder, has been named the Colorado Editor of Bourbon Story (www.bourbonstory.com).  The online magazine focuses solely on the culture, history and business of Bourbon through articles,...

Denise Schurr to be Published in Odyssey Magazine

By Lori DeBoer Congratulations to Denise Schurr for placing her first freelance magazine article, “Yellowstone:  Supervolcano,” with Odyssey Magazine.  It will be appearing in the July/August 2014 issue.  I worked with Denise on a chapter book about two...

How I Weathered an Unexpected Storm and How You Can, Too

by Lori DeBoer, Author & Writing Coach One of the reasons I love working as a writing coach is the opportunity I have to get to know so many talented individuals.  The relationship I forge with each and every one of you is unique, and it is truly reciprocal.  My...

Yotzeret Publishing Signs Chutzpah & High Heels

Jessica Fishman’s memoir, Chutzpah & High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land, has been signed by Yotzeret Publishing, which publishes books written from a Jewish perspective with a specialty in those written by women authors. With...

My Essay “To Hear Her Story Told” Published in Pithead Chapel

My essay, “To Hear Her Story Told,” was published in the January 2014 issue of Pithead Chapel.  It tells the story of the loss of my mother and was written under the direction of Bobbie Louise Hawkins during a week I spent studying in the summer writing program at...

Eddie Lueken's Essay Highlighted in Collection by Nurses

Congratulations to Eddie Lueken, Louisville, Kentucky, whose essay, “Hitting the Bone,” was published in I Wasn’t Strong Like this When I started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse, edited by Lee Gutkind and published by InFact Books in 2013. Eddie, who has an MFA...

Amanda McCracken’s Essay Makes a Splash in The New York Times

Congratulations to Amanda McCracken, Boulder, Colorado, whose essay, “Does my Virginity have a Shelf Life?” appeared in the November 13, 2013, issue of The New York Times. Her thoughtful and timely piece was covered in a response by Slate Magazine by Katy Waldman,...

Judith Robbins Rose's MISS Purchased by Candlewick Press

I’m pleased to announce that Judith Robbins Rose, Denver, Colorado, has placed her middle grade novel Miss with Candlewick Press, which also publishes acclaimed authors Kate DiCamillo and M. T Anderson.  She is working with the editor Andrea Tompa and is represented...

Sherisse Hawkins Takes E-Books Deeper

One of my Boulder-based clients, Sherisse Hawkins, has taken a break from writing her novel to found an exciting new publishing-related company, Beneath the Ink.  She and her team have developed a project that gives authors of e-books the ability to add interactive...

Blogging Ideas for Students (Of All Ages)

Many of you know that, in addition to coaching, one of my biggest passions is homeschooling.  (In fact, one of my clients told me recently that I am homeschooling adults, which delighted me.)  Our 12-year-old son, Max, keeps a blog and learning journal for the past...

Thomas H. Stoner's New Book, Small Change, Big Gains, is Released

I am pleased to announce that client Tom Stoner’s new book, Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of a Global Energy Entreprenuer was released with a reading at the Boulder Book Store on Wednesday, October 2.  The Boulder resident spoke to a large and interested...

Eric A. Meyer Has Digital Performance Piece Published

One of my clients, Eric A. Meyer, Denver, had his digital performance piece The Obsolete Book in a Post-Obsolete World published in the SpringGun Journal. The Obsolete Book has also been invited to perform at the Media Archeology Lab in conjunction with the 2013...

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