Nonfiction Rocks

Recently, I finished reading the book ONE ON ONE by John Feinstein. My interest was piqued when I heard him interviewed on the Jim Rome radio show. He told a couple of stories, was funny and informative, and briefly outlined the book. I went straight to Amazon and ordered it "for my husband", but as often …

A Good Editor is Hard to Find

Writing is great fun. Editing is not. While I don't mind re-writing some pages, the multiple revisions often necessary to get it right can sometimes take longer than the process of writing the original draft. As I mentioned in an earlier post (Your Manuscript and the Home Edit), those long and slow revisions are necessary. …

Publishing Outside the Box

Although I haven't posted recently (a freelance deadline I just hit today!), I have been thinking long and hard about my decision to self-publish. About a month ago, I mentioned to a friend I was frustrated by the query process. She murmured her sympathy and in an effort to test the waters, I confessed I …

When Real Life Gets in the Way

Today I have a freelance deadline looming, the kids' activities are overwhelming, and I can't find the time to work on my second novel. At the same time, I'm working with an editor and planning the publication of A GUILTY MIND. Please don't think I'm complaining - I'm not. In fact, I understand for most …

Your Manuscript and The Home Edit

Every writer needs an editor. That is a fact and not open to discussion. But what sometimes gets lost in the desire to get published is the need for pre-editing or what I refer to as "The Home Edit". When you complete a manuscript and you've typed in the very last word, you should absolutely …

If the Genre Fits…

"What type of book do you write?" It sounds like an easy question, right? "Romance." "Thriller." "Science Fiction." All genres that bring to mind specific types of books. However, many genres crossover and most have sub-genres so whether you are tagging your book for an agent query or a self-published e-book, it's not as easy …