Meet Donna Baier-Stein

I write stories, poems, a novel, and direct marketing copywriting. I have taught writing at NYU, Johns Hopkins, Gotham Writers Workshop and elsewhere. I am interested in editing and helping authors revise their work.

My poetry and prose have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Kansas Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Washingtonian, and many other journals and anthologies. My story collection Great Drawing Board of the Sky was a Finalist in the Iowa Fiction Awards; and my novel FORTUNE received the PEN/New England Discovery Award and is now represented by William Morris Endeavor.

I’m also the founding editor of Bellevue Literary Review have been a freelance direct marketing copywriter since 1980. I have two nonfiction books on copywriting published by McGraw Hill and Thomson Shore.

Donna’s Advice for Writers

  • If possible, get comments from rejecting editors which you can incorporate into a rewrite. It is also very helpful to share your work with others.
  • Be diligent about doing revisions as soon as a piece of writing is returned to you.
  • Read your work out loud and listen for places you can cut over-long sentences or “dead” sections that aren’t properly dramatized.
  • Work with a professional editorial consultant to learn how to shape your work into a well-crafted story, poem, or novel.
  • Take courses in writing.
  • Read books about writing.
  • Practice your craft every day, even for one hour.
  • Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. (Very few authors write first drafts, final copy.)
  • Understand that writing is a process.
  • Learn to write early drafts without your editorial critic stopping the artistic flow. Then go back and edit ruthlessly.
  • Be patient and be persistent.

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