Are Paperbacks Necessary?

Most writers know that 2011 was a fantastic year for self-published writers, particularly in the world of e-books. Amazon sold millions of Kindles and aggressively marketed their programs for self-publishers. More importantly, readers bought the books! Even the large publishing houses seemed to recognize the importance of e-books and undiscovered writers (the Amanda Hocking story). …

Writing, Motivation, and Exercise

Sometimes, writing is like going to the gym. The end result is you feel great but getting there, whether to the gym or sitting with hands poised over the keyboard, is the hard part. It's so easy to make excuses and believe me, I can come up with some doozies (even after I've exhausted the …

Straight to E-book?

I recently read a post from a writer that her next novel was going straight to e-book format. She believed this was good news for her readers and I can't disagree. However, it was unclear to me whether this book was to be self-published or simply a strategy being used by her publishing company. This …

Waiting, waiting, and…still waiting

Sometimes it seems a writer's job can be defined by the amount of waiting they seem to do. I'm not even sure it matters what kind of writing it is. A freelancer is always waiting for a response to their pitch, or to hear back from a source, or on the final edits. Fiction writers …

A History Lesson

In many ways, reading THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot was a little like a history lesson, a science lesson, and an ethics lesson all rolled into one. Maybe it's a stretch, but this true story of one black woman's immortality is almost the nonfiction equivalent of THE HELP. Of course, the …

Who Do You Write Like?

Recently, an agent asked me about the writing style of my psychological mystery, A GUILTY MIND, or more specifically, "Who did I write like?" This is a question I think many writers struggle with, particularly because we all think we're unique. Still, I understood where he was coming from and I'd heard the question a …