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 …

More on E-books vs. Printed Books

As I wrote in an earlier post Are Paperbacks Necessary?, I like the idea of self-publishing both in e-book and printed form. While it is mostly a personal preference, there are others out there who seem to agree. For more on this subject, check out the latest post on IndieReader - Are We Suffering from E-Reader …

Can Writers be Genre Stereotyped?

I recently read the book, ONE SUMMER, by David Baldacci. Now, there are many reasons to admire and like Mr. Baldacci. Of course, he is a first class thriller writer and I have enjoyed his work since the stunning book, ABSOLUTE POWER.   I also liked the CAMEL CLUB series and the Sean King/Michelle Maxwell books. …

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). …