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 …

Editing Honesty

My niece and her book club recently read a self-published novel written by a member of their church. The group was excited to read the book and show their support for their friend. My niece said the writer described the book as "gentle fiction" (I don't really know what that is but will assume it's Christian fiction?) …

Is it Writer’s Block if it’s Just Bad?

When I sat down to work on a chapter in my new novel the other day, I thought I had a clear idea of what I wanted to say, of the action I saw in my mind, and the attitude of my protagonist. Yet, when I began to type, the words didn't feel right. I …

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 …