Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Query Workshop!

"Ellen Meister is one of the few people in the business who really understands how to craft a query letter that will hook an agent. She helped me hone mine and I know she can help you with yours. I think you'll find her program invaluable." - Lisa McMann, NYT bestselling author.

Consider this an announcement for my writer friends. You may know that I've been a creative writing instructor for several years. But I've been helping writers hone their query letters for even longer. It's the nexus of my background in marketing and my writing experiences. And of course, I'm quite proud that I was able to help Lisa McMann, who went on to become a New York Times bestselling author. Her query letter was even featured by Writer's Digest as an example of a successful query.

I've teamed up with the folks at WordTango to create a Weekend Query Workshop, where I'll be posting my best tips and insights. I have so much to share with you! So if you have a novel and no literary agent, please consider taking this workshop. I know you'll get a lot out of it!

The only catch is that registration is limited. So if you're interested, please sign up right away. You can even purchase a private critique of your query.

Click here for more information on my WordTango Weekend Query Workshop, Dec. 4 - 6.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Book Giveaway!

My publisher is giving away TWENTY signed copies of Farewell, Dorothy Parker, over on Goodreads. Feel free to enter even if you already own one--the holidays are coming up and you can give it as a gift.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Another chance to win an autographed book!

I'm doing another giveaway! Sign up for my mailing list today and you could win a signed copy of Dorothy Parker Drank Here. Just be sure you click through when you get the confirmation email. (Note: I sent out only occasional emails, and you can opt-out at any time.)

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

"A Wild Ride"

"Dorothy Parker Drank Here is a wild ride, pairing the well-researched wit of Dorothy Parker with a contemporary story of success and failure, romance and family. Meister's brilliant interpretation of Parker's ghost in the modern world keeps the novel from ever veering into the land of cliché as she brings to life--or rather, brings to ghostliness--the spirit of one of the most famous writers of the Algonquin Round Table."
- Shelf Awareness

Would you like a signed copy of Dorothy Parker Drank Here?

Great news! I teamed up with my local independent bookstore, Book Revue, to offer signed, personalized copies of Dorothy Parker Drank Here. And they ship anywhere in the world! Just give them a call at 631-271-1442. Or use this form and someone from Book Revue will call to get your information.

Dorothy Parker Drank Here is also available from all of the usual places, and is in hardcover as well as all ereader formats.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | IndieBound | Powell's | iBooks

"Meister's Dorothy Parker is just as sharp, witty and pleasantly mean as fans would expect. Her humanity shines through, though, along with her humor ... a surprisingly emotional novel. Not even death can keep Dorothy Parker down in this sad and funny story."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[Meister] does a lovely job of imagining the voice of Dorothy Parker with equal parts wit, heartbreak, and practicality."
- Booklist

"Hilarious ... and liberally sprinkled with Parker’s signature acerbic humor."
- Publishers Weekly

"A quick, charming read that will delight Parker fans and stoke the curiosity of those unfamiliar with her great wit."
- Library Journal

"The writing is stellar, making it difficult to put the book down."
- RT Book Reviews

"Between the martinis and the bon mots, there's bite and charm in [Dorothy Parker Drank Here], which conjures the spirit of the titular literary wit."
- Closer Magazine

"It’s a great comic complement to novels like THE PARIS WIFE and LOVING FRANK, and if you’re not a fan of Parker’s or Meister’s already, you soon will be."
- Book Reporter

"This well-written story rolls right along after drawing you in at page one. Meister has a flare for the quips for which Dorothy Parker was so famous, making the reader feel as if the venerable Mrs. Parker has sprung back to life, never to leave us again."
- Dish Magazine

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You Don't Have to Be Dorothy Parker to Outsmart Facebook

Yesterday I had the honor of guest blogging over at Writers on the Storm, and gave some tips on finagling Facebook's dastardly delivery algorithm. Check it out.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Skype Interview

Big thanks to J.J. Murphy, author of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries, for interviewing me about Dorothy Parker Drank Here ...

FYI, everyone who pre-orders is eligible for a special giveaway from my publisher. But hurry--offer ends on 2/17. Click here for info.