Posts in category Writing a book

“Never Let Me Go” with Michael Noll

The entire title of this seminar was “Never Let Me Go: How to Grab the Attention of Readers, Editors, and Agents,” which seems much too long.  The instructor, Michael Noll, provided a shorter title, “How to Write an Awesome First Page.”  The seminar was hosted by the Writers’ League of Texas and was held in Austin on […]

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Tangled Omens

Thank you for a successful giveaway weekend for my ebook, “Tangled Omens.”  On Friday, the campaign began and Tangled Omens soared to second place on Amazon’s list for free fantasy books.  When I checked early on Sunday morning, my book had moved into first place.  Wow!  I was stoked! I hope you enjoy reading it […]

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Blog Tour “My Writing Process”

I just found out that I am part of a blog tour called “My Writing Process.”  Since I’ve never been on one before, this will be a unique experience.  I just have to answer four questions. What am I working on? I’m working my next book.  The name of the book is called “Spell Breaker” […]

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Backstory: The Rise of Dimont

Here’s my Wednesday feature that gives you some of the backstory for the Seaward Isle Saga. Lord Dimont is one of the most powerful men in the country of Tamron and is assigned to be the Ambassador to Nasru, a neighboring country, home to King Mortimer.  Joined by his wife, Natalia and three sons, Ellsworth, […]

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Bookstore Appearances and Speaking Engagements by Jacqueline Deval

This essay was in a collection called “The Practical Writer:  From Inspiration to Publication” edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon with the staff of Poets and Writers Magazine, published in 2004.  I will read each essay and provide my own comments and observations. This author encourages all authors to have book signings and speaking […]

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“Be Specific” by Natalie Goldberg

“Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition” by Alfred Rosa and Paul Eschholz, University of Vermont, was obviously written for classroom purposes and I have the ninth edition published in 2007.  I’m not sure what level it was for, surely it was way after I was in school, but I found the essays to be […]

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“How Lucky Can you Get…and Other Things No One Tells You” by M.J. Rose

This essay was in a collection called “The Practical Writer:  From Inspiration to Publication” edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon with the staff of Poets and Writers Magazine, published in 2004.  I will read each essay and provide my own comments and observations. The author describes an author’s good luck in finding an agent, […]

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“Editor Etiquette” by Betsy Lerner

This essay was in a collection called “The Practical Writer:  From Inspiration to Publication” edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon with the staff of Poets and Writers Magazine, published in 2004.  I will read each essay and provide my own comments and observations. The author provides advice for authors on how to handle the […]

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“Negotiate Your First Book Contract Without Losing Your Deal, Your Future, or Your Mind” by Kay Murray

This essay was in a collection called “The Practical Writer:  From Inspiration to Publication” edited by Therese Eiben and Mary Gannon with the staff of Poets and Writers Magazine, published in 2004.  I will read each essay and provide my own comments and observations. The author provides valuable advice to authors when they get their […]

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“My Mother, My Secret Weapon” by Jenny Siler

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 “surrendered to the idea of being a writer out of fear.  Staring down my thirties from behind a […]

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