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 …