Add Father of Self-Publishing to the List

I recently read a great article titled "14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life" on Business Insider. It was written by freelance writer, Thea Easterly, for a BI blog called DumbLittleMan.com. Most know that Benjamin Franklin was not only an inventor but also an avid reader and writer. Certainly he …

Freelance Writing: Pro or Con

There are so many pros and cons to freelance writing. Clearly, the flexibility (pro!) is a plus although the pay is not always great (con!). Sometimes the jobs are steadier than others and sometimes they are few and far between (both). When I do have multiple assignments, they keep me from working on my writing …

Writer’s Block and the Lucky 7

I recently published a post about some poor writing (my own - ugh!) and whether or not those badly written words amounted to some form of writer’s block. A fellow writer pointed out that since there were words on the page, it wasn’t really traditional writer’s block. She’s probably right but it was definitely some …

Is it Writer’s Block if it’s Just Bad?

When I sat down to work on a chapter in my new novel the other day, I thought I had a clear idea of what I wanted to say, of the action I saw in my mind, and the attitude of my protagonist. Yet, when I began to type, the words didn't feel right. I …

Is Reading in Your Genre Good or Bad for You?

An agent once asked me what kind of books I read. Slightly unsure what he was looking for, I hesitated a moment, then told him the truth. I like many genres, fiction and non-fiction. Then I rattled off a few titles I had finished recently including THE SNOWMAN by Joe Nesbo, LIFE by Keith Richards, …

A Self-Published Needle in a Haystack?

Pushing the publish button and sending a book out into the great world of Amazon (or any other book site) is a wonderful thing, but it's also a little like sending a minnow out into a sea filled with whales and sharks. Sure, there are hundreds of thousands of other minnows out there, but only …