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Margot Atwell has been playing roller derby since 2007, and skates under the name Em Dash for the world champion Gotham Girls Roller Derby. She’s the co-founder and editor-in-chief of derbylife.com, and has written for publications such as Derbylife, Derby News Network, Derby Central, fiveonfive magazine, Moviefone.com, the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Publishing Perspectives, and others. She is the co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success (Beaufort Books, 2013). Her newest book, Derby Life: A Crash Course in the Incredible Sport of Roller Derby, is forthcoming from Gutpunch Press.

She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys hanging out with her tiny dog, Schlitz.

I just finished reading Wool, a claustrophobic, terrifying, brilliant novel (or collection of stories) by Hugh Howey. The story behind Howey’s success with the book is just as interesting as the book itself. He originally wrote the first section of the novel as a short story and self-published it as an e-book. InThe Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success, I talk about publishing in e-book f...

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“When I first started playing with Gotham in 2008, I learned that my team wanted me to jam in my first bout, when we’d be facing off against the Queens of Pain—the team that included Suzy Hotrod, Donna Matrix, and many other legendary skaters. I was so nervous that I was feeling a little queasy every time I thought about it, even a few weeks before the bout. Finally, I asked myself what skills I’d need to be able to face off against Suzy and win. I decided that I’d need to be fast, agile, and fearless. So I started to tell myself that I already was. Every time I thought about the bout and started to get nervous, I’d repeat those words. I’d repeat them in my head when I took the line at practice. I’d say them out loud before I went to bed. The day of the bout, I was nervous, but not quite as much as I expected to be.”
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“It was like this all up and down the river and many of the young people, the way they accepted their lack of prospects, it was like watching sparks die in the night...He didn't see how the country could survive like this in the long run; a stable society required stable jobs, there wasn't anything more to it than that. ”
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