Sweet Beginnings and Grateful Endings

As November comes to a close and we slip into the busiest month of the year, there is much to be grateful for. One of my favorite things last month was the opportunity to speak about my books to the 5400 Club of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center. While the focus of …

Stay of Execution: A Done Deal (Hooray!)

Stay of Execution, the second Cancini mystery, is officially published. (Hooray!) Yes, it's finally out there in the world and I could not be happier. Still, if I'm being totally honest, I'd hoped to write this post in 2013 (crazy in retrospect) but certainly in 2014. I had the storyline roughly plotted and thousands and …

Don’t Panic: Help to Maintain Your Editing Sanity

Unless you've chosen editing as your profession, you probably find editing a chore. I know I do. Is it necessary? Oh, yeah. As I go through the process, I find that some chapters are pretty good (yeah!), some need some work (time-consuming), and some are banished altogether (sometimes painful). Paragraphs get moved. Chapters get moved. …

Baby Grand: Interview With Dina Santorelli

Even before Dina Santorelli published BABY GRAND, she was already an accomplished writer and editor. Last year, she published her debut novel, BABY GRAND, a fast-paced thriller, beautifully written with strong characters and surprising twists. (Yes, I've had the pleasure of reading the book and loved it.) I'm truly amazed at how she accomplishes so …

Author Bio Repair?

I recently came across and tweeted about a post I found on the site, Where Writers Win, entitled Six Tips to Crafting a Better Author Bio: Write a Life Story Worth Reading. ¬†One quote from the writer, Steve Piacente, really struck home. The quote was, "It always baffles me when writers creative enough to craft …

A little of this, a little of CreateSpace

Getting a manuscript ready for publishing is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you it's not (unless, of course, you pay someone else to do it for you - not a bad idea now that I think about it). But what it really takes is patience (a lot), a large bottle of Advil, and the …