Tuesday, January 13, 2009

In Praise of Natalie Wexler

You know what happens when you revisit the site of a good friend who writes? You are even more impressed with your friend's grasp of writing (and other matters), and you feel even luckier that this person is your friend. That's what happened to me a few days ago when I checked in with my pal (from a shared Iowa Summer Writing Festival workshop more than a decade ago), Natalie Wexler.

Natalie, an essayist and an historical novelist, has posted an archive of excellent original columns on her site. The pieces stretch back to August 2007, and are sure to interest anyone interested in the following topics: self-publishing; the early history of the Supreme Court (one of Natalie's particular fields of expertise and a subject central to her novel, A More Obedient Wife); writing about "bit players in history"; researching one's historical fiction; and much more.

And to hear even more about/from Natalie, read our own archived interview from 2007.


susan in nc said...


Thanks so much for introducing us to Natalie! She sounds like an amazing woman, and I'm so glad her book is out there now. I'm going to add it to me to-read list.

Reading about her publishing experiences was timely for me. I had a small melt-down yesterday after receiving my 56th rejection. I'm now trying to decide whether to approach smaller independent publishers or go straight to the self-publishing option. Knowing about Natalie's experience offers some comfort!

I just noticed my word verification: cospent. Hmmmm.

Best wishes, and thanks for your great blog!

Erika D. said...

Thanks so much, Susan. I am sorry to hear about your "meltdown." Whatever you decide, just don't give up!