Author Update

When I quit my day job to write more or less full-time, I expected to be able to speed up my publication schedule. I worked frantically to finish A Corpse in the Chapel, launch it, and promote it, so I … Continued

Which are you: “Never enough time to read” or “Hate to come to the end of a really good book”?

For the first time, I published two short story collections last year, and I was gratified with the response from readers. More and more, I see fellow writers publishing new novellas, mini-novels or short story collections nearly every month, while … Continued

New Year’s wishes

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” –  Melody Beattie As 2016 passes away, we are given a fresh opportunity to fill … Continued

The power of feedback

I spent a decade working for county government. Government agencies seem to have a fondness for adopting team-building programs.One year our departmental theme was “You Matter”, a phrase meant to encourage us poor bureaucrats to feel less like cogs in … Continued

Thoughts on Reviews

Back in September of 2014, I posted this: Like many new independent authors, I was naive about the publishing and marketing world. I believed when an author wrote a book, if it was published and got good reviews, it meant … Continued

Making lemonade from life’s sour lemons

Many writers are introverts who internalize life’s ups and downs, rather than venting. Independent authors have an extra degree of separation because we work alone. Most of us are familiar with the old saying, “A burden shared is a burden … Continued

Writing by scenes

Every fiction writer has a unique process when composing a novel, but there are usually considered to be two main writer types; those who write “by the seat of their pants” just letting the words flow, and those who outline … Continued

First Impressions are Important

When browsing the shelves in a library or bookstore, often only the spine of a book is immediately visible, so the title and name of the author make the first impression. However, with online shopping, the cover is the first … Continued

Where do authors find their inspiration?

Most writers will tell you any intense or traumatic incident or significant life event will eventually find its way onto the written page. Whether writing semi-autobiographical fiction or the wildest fantasy,  our words and ideas spring from our own experiences. … Continued

Would you like to review your purchase? Heck, no!

If, like me, you frequently buy things from Amazon, you are familiar with the emails they send out asking for a review of the product.  These reviews are helpful for the seller and for other shoppers on the website, so … Continued

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