Author, Fiction, My Books, Novel, Publish, Reader, Writing

How self-publishing is like American Idol

I don’t sing, and the only thing I know about music is what I like, but I’ve realized something by watching American Idol. From auditions to finalists, the singers are a lot like self-published authors. Some authors don’t care much what anyone thinks of their books. They publish just for the fun and thrill of… Continue reading How self-publishing is like American Idol

Craft, Editing, Fiction, My Books, Novel, Reader, Revision, Words, Writing

Best laid plans vs. vacation

I've been too busy with two little charmers to write a new post, so today I'm serving up a re-post from one year ago. It's a topic of continued relevance to me and, I hope, of some interest to you. I apologize up front because I might step on some toes today. Just know that… Continue reading Best laid plans vs. vacation

Agent, Blog Stuff, Craft, Dream, Editor, Fiction, Marketing, My Books, Novel, Publish, Query, Reader, Writing

I asked a question and … POW!

Last Wednesday, I asked if you had given any thought to INDIE publishing. I expected I might get a few comments. What happened? Despite NaNoWriMo, despite Thanksgiving, we had the best discussion this blog has ever seen! Surprisingly, there were more yeas than nays. (I don't know how to count the many who read the… Continue reading I asked a question and … POW!

Advice, Agent, Craft, Critique, Doubt, Editing, Feedback, Fiction, Group, My Books, Novel, Query, Reader, Revision, Short story, Tips, Writing

Mistakes I’ve made as a writer … so far

Today, I’m going to swallow my pride and make an admission. I’m not perfect. I know. Hard to believe, right? But it’s true; I’ve made mistakes in my writing life. Some were minor, some not. Here’s a few biggies. My first mistake was joining a critique group. Not really. The group was fine; it was… Continue reading Mistakes I’ve made as a writer … so far

Feedback, Fiction, Novel, Opinion, Reader, Writing

But will they understand what I’ve written?

Recently, sweet Karen Schindler, sent me a link to a video of Jon Bonjovi singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, and that reminded me that I'd heard the song covered by others. I would be surprised if you haven’t heard some version of the song. As I found out, it’s been covered over forty times. I’m not… Continue reading But will they understand what I’ve written?