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If you’re an OSV author, you should have received the October edition of the enewsletter in your inbox yesterday. If you’re not an OSV author, but would like to get the monthly update, let us know and we can get you on the list for next time.
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One of our favorite writing/marketing consultant/bloggers, Jane Friedman, has an excellent email newsletter today, including a link to a “big list of free online courses for writers” from The Digital Reader. There’s other good stuff too, including something for type geeks, drumming cat lovers, and researchers. You can read the entire newsletter, with links, here.
The free courses include graphics stuff, marketing, writing, social media and more.
We love author webcasts! Have an idea for a webcast about your OSV book? Let us know — email webcast coordinator Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week, OSV authors will be hosting (with help from Tracy) these webcasts:
For Those Who Grieve, by Jeannie Ewing: When you’re hurting from the aftermath of a loss, grief can be a difficult journey. Jeannie Ewing’s new book, For Those Who Grieve, offers prayers and reflections to use on your grieving journey. These small, but meaningful devotions offer you a way to be led by the Holy Spirit to hope and healing.
Lovely: How I Learned to Embrace the Body God Gave Me, by Amanda Martinez Beck. This webcasts details the author’s journey beginning with the challenges faced by overweight people in the Church and in the culture at large. Join us as author Amanda Martinez Beck talks about how she found a way through the teachings of the Catholic Church to be at peace with her body.
Grieving Together, by Laura and Franco Fanucci: Grieving Together is the book Laura and Franco Fanucci wished for after their miscarriage. Practical resources include Scripture, prayers, and official Catholic rites. It also speaks to the unique concerns of fathers, and includes many real-life stories from couples in many different circumstances.
Find more information, and sign up, for the webcasts here.
Do you receive the Grammar Girl email newsletters? As writers and/or editors, there’s always something new to learn, and Mignon Fogarty (aka “Grammar Girl”) is a master at making that learning interesting and (gasp) fun.
You can follow her a bunch of ways — on her website, on Facebook, on YouTube, by the newsletter, by podcast, and more. Find links to all those places here.
In a recent newsletter, Grammar Girl discussed the “middle voice”:
I got a comment on YouTube from a listener named Steven, who asked about verbs like the ones in this following sentence: “The screw screwed in more easily than I thought it would.” Clearly, the screw didn’t screw itself in. The person who uttered the sentence screwed it in.
You might think phrasing a sentence this way would lead to total confusion, but it doesn’t. How is that possible? Steven wondered if this grammatical phenomenon has a name.
In fact, there is a name for it. It’s usually called the middle voice, although if you want a more jargony name, you might prefer “mediopassive construction.”
If you find this as interesting as we did, click here and read the whole post, or listen to the podcast.
Acquisitions Editor Mary Beth Baker started at OSV in October 2016. Mary Beth has worked as a book editor for a Washington, D.C.-based publishing house, an associate editor for a national daily newspaper, and as a writer and editor for a public relations firm. Prior to joining OSV, she spent some time in formation with a Dominican religious order. Her favorite topic areas include personal growth, individual formation, and youth and young adult issues.
Mary Beth holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College. A Navy brat with roots in Virginia, she now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When she’s not elbow-deep in a new manuscript, she enjoys playing the piano, writing, running, and traveling.
Mary Beth’s fav things
Saint: Thérèse of Lisieux
Hymn: “Adoro Te Devote” (Lyrics by St. Thomas Aquinas)
Bible verse: “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2:5)
Rebecca is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, cat lover, amateur baker and musician.
She graduated from Christendom College, worked for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and freelanced as a copy editor and proofreader, before jumping at the chance to embrace her dream job and return to her Indiana roots.
In addition to unleashing her fountain pen as OSV’s new Associate Editor, she also works with the Catholic Writers’ Guild and manages the Catholic Writers Conference Live.
Her current hobbies are studying German (just because) and destroying other people’s diets through homemade baked goods [Ed. note: Her colleagues appreciate this].
Rebecca’s fav things
Food: Dark chocolate
Shakespeare play: “The Merchant of Venice”
Alcohol: Bailey’s Irish Cream