Sooner or later most writers stub their proverbial toes on what can seem an overwhelming obstacle: the need for graphic design. Some writers blanch and take the easy way out by having someone else create their website banners, stationery and business cards. There’s nothing wrong with that approach, but writers don't usually lack the creative … Continue Reading ››
“'The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.' That Samuel Clemens was one sharp tack." "What? Didn’t Mark Twain say that?" "Well, yes, but Samuel Clemens was his real name." Continue Reading ››
Ever try to bite into a burger so large it threatened to dislocate your jaw? Chances are, you cut that sandwich down to size. Although delicious, it was just too hard to eat. In the same way, agents and editors -- not to mention readers -- need to bite into your story in small, easily digested portions. Grab them … Continue Reading ››
How to Get Book ReviewsReview requests inundate book bloggers, reviewers, and authors. How can you expect to reach them on behalf of your own book? I can answer this question from both perspectives. As a book blogger and reviewer, I receive a lot of emails and other contacts from authors asking me to read and … Continue Reading ››
I’ll admit it. My schedule has so many moving parts, I’d be lost without a way to keep track of them. Google Calendar is my go-to solution. It allows me to maintain separate calendars … Continue Reading ››
It takes time and energy to develop a plot and create a first draft, but writing a novel doesn't end there. A writer tells the same story over and over again through each … Continue Reading ››
The ability to be everywhere at once seems a job requirement for a writer. In real life we comprehend the impossibility of this, but the virtual world is not so understanding. What … Continue Reading ››
Google's gmail is an author-friendly tool I'm happy to have discovered. In this post I list some of its best capabilities.
- Emails organized into threads help you better follow a conversation.
- Filters that can pre-label, automatically trash, and send specific incoming … Continue Reading ››
Few things cast fear in a writer’s heart as completely as the prospect of drafting and regurgitating on command the dreaded pitch sentence. And yet, approached with the right mindset and crafted before you write one word of your project, … Continue Reading ››