Five Tips (Minus 4) for Would-be Bestselling Writers

Writing Fiction – Looked simple enough. Write a mystery novel. Hire an agent. Get published. Find a writer’s retreat in the woods or by the sea, and do nothing but write. As it turns out, that’s a fine piece of fiction all by itself. Makes you wonder how Hemmingway did it. But then, he committed […]

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End of an Era, and It’s About Damn Time –

It happened in the music business, it’s in full swing in the publishing business, and it’s building a head of steam in the entertainment industry of movies and TV. The era of the manufactured/exploited superstar is coming to a close. A handful of superstars, as well as all the mindless middlemen and bloodsucking control freaks […]

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Writing—Everybody’s Doing it! So Can You

Everybody’s Doing It – I saw a statistic in a recent blog – “85% of readers dream of publishing their own book.” This may or may not be accurate, but I wouldn’t be surprised. The trick on this planet is turning a dream into reality. Most of us are here to do just that—turn dreams […]

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Self-Published Writers and the Shiny Object Syndrome

DISCLAIMER: At one time or another I’ve been guilty of all the things I deride below. Every now and then something hits me like a bolt from the blue and I can’t repress it. In an idea session at Starbucks with a long-time friend, the Shiny Object Syndrome came up and KABOOM! S.O.S. – Debilitating […]

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The Next Excerpt From Grey Daze

Peering Into the Chasm – The third book in the Lance Underphal mystery series, Grey Daze, is another hardcore paranormal mystery novel. While still a murder mystery, it’s a very different labyrinth, indeed. Back from my editor, Linda Seed, the manuscript is deep in the editing process. Next steps are another run-through with Linda and […]

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5 Reasons Why Authors Need Editors

So Obvious It Hurts –   I made a tough decision the other day.  You see I LOVE to read a good book—nothing is more gratifying than a good story well told.  It’s what inspires me to write.  And I’m sure I’m not the first to make such a claim. Typically, I read several books […]

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Book Review – The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers

Knowledge Is Power –   In today’s rapidly changing, highly competitive publishing industry authors need all the help they can get.  And to her credit, Barb Drozdowich has done all authors, including us mystery authors, an incredible favor, empowering us with her knowledge, wisdom and experience. I’ve had the exceptional pleasure of working with Barb […]

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One Mystery Writer’s Social Media Experience

My Art Is My Business –   Most of my posts are mainly for readers to enjoy, so bear with me while I digress.  Hopefully, you’ll find this peek behind the curtain of a mystery writer’s business interesting; and for many of you who are writers, informative. In a perfect world artists would create their […]

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Freedom — It’s Only Natural

Nearing the End – It’s been a long trek through the vast wastelands of self-publishing, but I’m very close now.  And I’m taking you with me.  A paranormal mystery story emerging from its cocoon, spreading its wings as a mystery book—the next in the Lance Underphal Mystery series—Flight of the Tarantula Hawk.   It’s All […]

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The Fine Art of Book Trailers

The Fine Art of Book Trailers – While the major motion picture studios mastered the art of movie trailers long ago, many authors and publishers are still bumbling their way through early attempts at duplicating the movie trailer’s success. Essential Ingredients      In order to determine what goes into a good book trailer, it’s […]

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