What If It Fails?

Last week I began a grand experiment.  I self-published my book, Not Quite Heaven in digital format, offering it for sale on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and in the iBookstore.  After years of pooh-poohing self-publishing, suddenly it seemed like a very appealing idea.  Why? Because I kept hearing from other authors that by…

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Picky Reader and a Kindle Book – 1

For my birthday almost two years ago I received a Kindle.  I hardly ever use it.  For one thing, I’m not good with technology of any sort.  For another thing, being a poor, struggling author myself, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on books.  But occasionally, I…

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Independence Day (Almost)

There is no way to explain to someone who’s never written a book, never edited it for (let’s call it what it is) self-publishing, how incredibly tedious and time-consuming the process is. Just when you think it’s perfect and you’ve found and corrected every small mistake in your manuscript, a…

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Picky Reader – 21

Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray.  I think I’m noticing another trend in the “inspirational” novels I’ve read.  Not enough set-up.  Whether this is an editing or an author issue, I can’t say.  All I know is the heroine’s motivation seems weak at best much too often.  In this particular book,…

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Ancient History

If you read my blog entitled “Before You Write” which was about how disorganized I was in my early writing days, you know I had a box filled with various versions of a book entitled Training Tommy which was published by a small press in 2001.  It’s not that great…

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Before You Write

GET ORGANIZED!  PLAN TO STAY ORGANIZED! Someone should benefit from my twenty-plus years of doing everything the hard way. Way back when I started writing novel-length fiction I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing.  I flew by the seat of my pants and…

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Picky Reader – 20

For those of you who don’t know, Picky Reader blogs are my comments about books I’ve recently read.  Not reviews and not necessarily recommendations, but if I loved it, I’ll say so. A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne.  A young girl’s perception of events in her neighborhood and…

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Back to “that”

Most publishers have “style sheets” which are guidelines for formatting a manuscript for submission.  They also might have editing guidelines, which they will provide once a manuscript is being prepped for editing.  Copy editing can be a nightmare, by the way.  Every word and sentence is picked over and pulled…

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Picky Reader 19

Picky Reader’s Latest Reads  Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner.  I think I’ve read every book Lisa Gardner has published.  If you enjoy suspense, read her. Blood by Patricia Traxler and The Distance Between Us by Bart Yates.  They are both well-written and enjoyable reads.  If you like moody, sort…

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Character Development

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHEET  I have a screenplay writing workbook that I use sometimes to help me define my characters, but I always wondered who I’d be if I were a character in a book.  So based on some of the character development questions asked in the workbook, I’m going to…

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