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Janet Ambrosi Wertman

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Janet Ambrosi Wertman grew up within walking distance of three bookstores and a library on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – and she visited all of them regularly. Her grandfather was an antiquarian bookdealer who taught her that there would always be a market for quirky, interesting books. He was the one who persuaded Janet’s parents to send her to the French school where she was taught to aspire to long (grammatically correct) sentences as the hallmark of a skillful writer. She lived that lesson until she got to Barnard College. Short sentences were the rule there. She complied. She reached a happy medium when she got to law school – complicated sentences alternating with short ones in a happy mix.

Janet spent fifteen years as a corporate law
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Janet Ambrosi Wertman Find (and join) a critique group! Most people understand the benefits of beta readers, but regular groups allows you to go even deeper. I cannot…moreFind (and join) a critique group! Most people understand the benefits of beta readers, but regular groups allows you to go even deeper. I cannot overstate the value of having people read your work and give you feedback - or of how you hone your own craft by identifying what works and doesn't for others. Yes, yes, beta readers do this too - but their comments tend to be more global and comments can get lost. There is beauty and power in the granular comments! For example, last week, my excerpt included a sentence that I knew was too modern, that I intended wanted to come back to but didn't want to delay my whole submission over: "If you fail, he will come after you with guns blazing." One of the group members made the brilliant comment that I should consider using a Biblical reference rather than one based on weaponry. After giving it some thought, I changed the sentence to "If you fail, he will come after you like Simeon and Levi avenging Dinah." BOOM! That one change was worth the whole week - and there were so many more!(less)
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[image error]Lambeth Palace (photo mine)

This was a big deal. The two men had a major public fight in front of Henry, and their enmity would never be fully contained again.


Archbishop Thomas Cranmer had invited the King and courtiers to dinner at his Lambeth Palace (the London homme of the Archbishops of Canterbury). Somehow the conversation turned to Cardinal Wolsey – a controversial topic. Norf...

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Bottom line: it was fine for what it was. I was on vacation so I wanted something that wasn't Tudors or even historical fiction; a Dan Brown book is often a good choice (because let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater, I do love historical el ...more
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Such a massive scope to the story, a vast amount of research and knowledge. My daughter called it a series of short stories - but its more than that because you can still feel the thread that binds them all. I can't give this quote context without gi ...more
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Amazing writing scene by scene but the larger story fell flat for me. Lots of characters that I had a hard time keeping straight. She wove in elements here and there for which she did not provide a payoff. Lots of head hopping, flashbacks and flashfo ...more
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Let me be perfectly honest: I didn't finish it. I only made it to page 68 - and I started to question whether I COULD ever finish it around page 20...

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Again, Didion offers up perfect sentences that force you to stop and appreciate them. But on the whole, the essays themselves did not speak to me quite as compellingly as the ones in Slouching...If I had read this one first I probably would have been ...more
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Heart-stoppingly perfect lines, lines that don't necessarily translate to quotes since they are shaped by their context and don't always travel well. Not in all the essays, admittedly, but only the fisherman's wife would complain.

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