Perhaps I should begin by emphasizing that I appreciate all my reviewers immensely (even, or possibly especially the critics). I know the time it takes to assess, formulate, and write one's feelings about a book. A book is a complicated blending of thoughts, actions, and emotions, many of which often conflict. Reviews are not judgments; … Continue reading About Relating To Reviewers
It's all right there––in your head. Your dream project, your book. You know what you will say in it, you know what it will look like. You begin to write, it grows page by page, chapter by chapter. One day it is finished. Soon you will find a way to publish it. But ask yourself: … Continue reading Can You Maintain Your Identity As A Writer?
The holiday Season is upon us. Little is left of 2014 but the memories. I will build my New Year resolutions for 2015 upon the backs of my mischances and lost opportunities of the prior year, and shape them by my successes. My learning curve was influenced by several experiences over the past year. Allow me to share … Continue reading Four Things I Learned In 2014
Recently I viewed a documentary on the history of Western movies. I was struck by the challenge these movies faced with the advent of television. The Western B movie almost died then and there. But it didn’t, and isolated salvage efforts resulted in another surge in popularity that continues even today. It turns out there was a … Continue reading A New Partnership of Self Published and Traditionally Published Books: Five Ways We Will Benefit
I've recently returned from attending the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. A topic that arose frequently was that of writers' ego. It usually came up in discussions about the sublimation of ego to editing. It is a necessary evil, true enough. At least to a degree. But a writer must have ego. When a writer sets words on … Continue reading A Writer’s Ego: Necessary Evil?