Posts in category Self publishing

“The Ten Steps to Getting Published” by Ray White & Duane Lindsay

This essay was in a collection called “How I Got Published,” edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, a Writer’s Digest Book.  My intention is to provide comments only on the content of the essay. The editors of this book provide their steps to getting published.  By their own admission, there are no big secrets.  […]

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“Your Goal is Not to be Published” by Charles Benoit

This essay was in a collection called “How I Got Published,” edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, a Writer’s Digest Book.  My intention is to provide comments only on the content of the essay. “Your goal is not to be published.”  What?  The author believes that people often appear to do everything they can […]

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“Don’t Try This at Home” by K.J.A. Wishnia

This essay was in a collection called “How I Got Published,” edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, a Writer’s Digest Book.  My intention is to provide comments only on the content of the essay. The author wrote a gritty, original novel that no one wanted, but she kept after it for 9 years.  She […]

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“Becoming a Published Author” by John Lescroart

This essay was in a collection called “How I Got Published,” edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, a Writer’s Digest Book.  My intention is to provide comments only on the content of the essay. This author was discouraged in spite of winning a literary prize, so a friend hand found a “legitimate” publisher in […]

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Saturday Class

I attended a class hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas on Saturday.  It was called, “Self-Publishing, the Right Way,” taught by Rhiannon Frater.  She’s self-published eight books and was recently picked up by a publishing house to publish her first trilogy.  Even though I self-published my book already, I found her class to be […]

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“The Secret to Getting Published” by Ray White

This essay was in a collection called “How I Got Published,” edited by Ray White and Duane Lindsay, a Writer’s Digest Book.  My intention is to provide comments only on the content of the essay. Although the author indicates in his title that there are secrets to getting published, he concludes that there are no […]

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Friday Notes

It was a very busy week.  I hope those of you on the east coast have prepared yourselves for Hurricane Irene and getting out of harm’s way.  I’ve been through several hurricanes before, and you must respect them.  This comes on the heels of the earthquake which fortunately didn’t cause extensive damage.  Tough week for […]

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Friday Blog

Not only is it Friday, but it’s the last Friday of July.  Unbelievable!  This month seems to have flown by.  There is a remote possibility that we may actually break the streak of 100 plus temperatures, but it will be close.  Unfortunately, the heat will just come back with a vengeance next week.  It’s supposed […]

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“The Glory of a First Book” by Brad Leithauser

This essay was in a collection from the New York Times called “Writers [on Writing], volume II” with an introduction by Jane Smiley.  My intention is to provide comments only on the content of the essay. “Most writers I’ve talked to retain vivid memories of their first books.  They recall precisely where they were when […]

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Stephen King, “On Writing”

In 2000, Stephen King published On Writing. I read it yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed it.  It was short and easy to read so I knocked it out in a few hours.  However, I also found it entertaining and informative.  I would suggest it if you are researching the subject or just […]

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