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 …

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 …