As an author, since Gutenberg got busy, there has never been a harder time to find a publisher. Maybe you know this. Maybe you've been shopping a book around. Traditional publishers are no longer traditional. They take fewer risks, offer fewer services, and often their "advances" are made back by requiring authors to buy copies… Continue reading It’s Scary Out There!
Few things in writing are definitive, and neither is this, but I do believe it's true: Your first book should be intensely personal. My first novel was supposed to be a Dime-Store Novel, an imprint that published short stories as tiny novellas, somewhere around 6,000 words. It ended up being 150,000 words. It took three… Continue reading Inspiration
Valentine’s Day: You either love it or hate it. Set aside the impact on single people for a moment, and let’s look at the couples. The romantic, energetic, and creative individuals love Valentine’s Day. It’s their moment to shine and have a great time. They plan ahead, set reservations, buy (or make) gifts in advance…… Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day?
Listening to several millionaire novelists on MasterClass.com, each talk about shipping their manuscript off to the publisher-assigned editor. Each values their editor. These are the most successful writers in the world. And they need editors. So do you. And I REALLY need them… There are three levels of editing. Story structure – Does your story… Continue reading The Importance of Editing
This is wonderful writing advice. Write what you know. It may not mean what you think it means, though. It doesn’t mean you have to write about your school, your job, your family. It doesn’t have to be set in your town or your time period. If that was the case, we wouldn’t have science-fiction,… Continue reading Write What You Know
As a habit, I ask people if A) They are readers, and B) Fiction or Non-Fiction? Invariably, of the readers (about 33% claim to be) children are fiction readers, women are predominately fiction with a dose of non-fiction, and most men are non-fiction. Yet, demographically, married men don't buy the books, their wives do. The… Continue reading Fiction vs Non-Fiction
There's no snow here in Florida, but Christmas remains a magical time of the year. I have delicious memories of running downstairs to a room full of presents. Lots of socks and underwear, lots of candy, lots of toys of dubious quality, and books. My parents, readers themselves, knew of my love for the written… Continue reading So This is Christmas…
I first read So Many Mountains... Which Ones to Climb? What Really Matters in Church Life a few months ago, straight out of Aron's hands. Let me tell you what struck me about this book: So many things Aron shared about his first steps in Christianity were like reading my own biography. There was an immediate… Continue reading Aron Osborne Raising us to New Heights!