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October 19, 2016

Publishing Your Work is Hard Work
What I wish I'd known before I started: Part 2

This blog is part of a series. For “What I Wish I’d Know Before I Started: Part 1” please click here. And so as the sun slowly set over the peaks and valleys of composing a first book, I bid a fond farewell to creative writing as I prepared […]
October 12, 2016

You Need a Good Editor
What I wish I'd know before I started: Part 1

Now that my novel, Flaming Harry Sweeney, is self-published, I can offer a hearty congratulations to none other than myself—and more importantly, advice on “What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started” to you fellow travelers and aspiring authors. First off, do it! Writing a book turned out to […]
October 5, 2016

Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile
Keep your book out of the reject pile by avoiding these five common mistakes

Oh, the dreaded reject pile. Often we like to imagine the (probably imaginary) good old days when editors searched for traces of gold in the rough ore of a first draft and worked with the writer to refine it. Recently, an editor at a major publisher offered a […]
August 30, 2016

Coaching Line Edit

Coaching Line Edit Sample line-edit of 50 pages of manuscript with copious craft-focused notes.
August 24, 2016
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Is Your Book a Movie? (Part 2)
A crash course in book-to-screen adaptation

This blog is part of a series. To see Part 1 and find out what Hollywood wants your story to have, please click here. Is your book a movie? Should it be? How do you get from here to there-and what’s in it for you? Fasten your seat-belt, […]
August 17, 2016

Yul Brynner’s Black Hat
Considering good vs. evil in fantasy fiction

Bad guys and black hats are, in the classic American Western film, almost synonymous. Even if you haven’t seen many Westerns, you’ve probably absorbed this knowledge via cultural osmosis—I certainly had. Fortunately, the first Western I was privileged to watch was The Magnificent Seven (if a cowboy movie based on […]