It came to me after reading Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code first, his preceding novel Angels and Demons second––this awareness of author growth. I found both books enormously entertaining, yet the greater sophistication of the former in contrast to the latter was clear. I suppose I had not previously thought in terms of author … Continue reading Are You Reading The Author You Expected?
Editors are engaged in a task which never ends. No work is ever complete, no manuscript ever reaches perfection. I know this, because when I review my own work, there is always something I need to change. Certainly every writer should seek different perspectives on his/her work. Everyone is subject to their own brain orientation, … Continue reading Do You Really Need An Editor
Two days after the convention is the minimum time I need to evaluate the experience, to let it soak in. There is an overload of information that needs to settle, like rainwater on dry soil, to begin the growth process. I need the time to separate my emotional high from the true value gained, the grain … Continue reading My Five Goals for a Conference
With the Holiday Season there comes an urge to give thanks. In the Rolodex of my brain I can flip through many names of those who reach out regularly to help make my life and those of others better. As an author, I am particularly beholden to my reviewers. For readers, this is a brave … Continue reading It’s Time to Thank My Reviewers
The Holidays not only creep up on you, they devour you. Really, there are multiple holidays tightly woven into a short span of time. I am declaring Hallowe'en part of the Holiday Season. Admittedly there is no day off from work on that day and yes, we tend to think of it as more of … Continue reading Write Through The Holidays
Recently I've become somewhat disillusioned with Twitter, at least in terms of my intended use of it, which is to sell books. I've read other blogs in which the authors suggest that Twitter does nothing for sales at all. My immediate thought is that one's results must depend upon what how one uses it and … Continue reading Does Twitter help?