Get in the Dance – The Twitter Dance that is.
admin / March 28, 2011
I’ve been on Twitter a couple of months. It started like this. Day 1 - no idea at all what to do or how to go about doing it.  Hashtags? DM’s. Lists. On and on with the lingo. Days 2 – 9 - I waited and watched and still absolutely nothing happened.  My mother told me a watched pot never boils so I walked away for a few days and checked back to reap the rewards that had befallen my patience.  Still nothing. Day 10 - I did something novel.  I sent a tweet.  Then another. [..]
What the $&%^#$ Did He Just Say?
admin / March 25, 2011
$#*$% ?  I say $%#@#$# and *&$^%$  &%$% yes.  If not some *&^$ person may not be *&^&% again.  Translation? I’ll hold off for now and allow you a moment to fill in the blanks, but suffice it to say simply because you see a mix of symbols doesn’t mean that the first sentence has to be X-Rated.  But it easily could be. The point of this comes from a conversation I recently had concerning the use of profanity and what exactly was appropriate language for books on the market today. As the saying goes,[..]
It’s the Law
admin / March 21, 2011
Writing can be a minefield.  A minefield that can hit you square in the checkbook in more than one way. I’m not talking about editing mistakes, character flaws or even plot inconsistencies.  I’m talking legal problems that can arise from your writing – and it may not always be from the words on the page. This blog will highlight a few legal issues that could cause problems but the real goal is to get people thinking about the legal pitfalls that can be lurking on the next page. However before we begin, my lawyers make[..]
The Bite Size Novel
admin / March 19, 2011
As I look around my office the argument could be made I’ve robbed a bookstore or at least was about to open one.  There are all descriptions of books literally cascading from the shelves. The Nook has started storing the overflow. These books range from novella to epic novel and all lengths in between. Sometimes for motivation I stare at these books and think of the time put into each one.  The countless hours required crafting the stories and tales in my office is immeasurable. However each and every book in my possession, down to[..]
Lessons I Have Learned from Bacardi
admin / March 14, 2011
“But why is the Rum gone?” Or so said Johnny Depp in one of his pirate movies.  I’m certain, for his character in any event, the rum was his muse or at a minimum his motivation. However, the Bacardi I‘m talking about is not actually a distilled spirit, but you could call this Bacardi a muse.  Of sorts. Bacardi is one of my Australian Shepherds.  He’s also very supportive of my writing; however, I feel his support has more to do with the fact that on the days I write I’m home at his beckon[..]
Check it out and Thanks!
admin / March 11, 2011
I haven’t done a review in a couple of weeks but had a great experience this week I thought would be great fodder for a review.  Particularly given that on Fridays I try to do entries designed to give writers some tools, or at least thoughts, to help with some aspect of their writing. I also like to give thanks where it is deserved. Add to that the fact that many of my recent posts have been marketing related, this seemed particularly appropriate. There's a great site called Novel Publicity.  The name says it all. [..]