Category Archives: advice

Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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Mistitled

New Years Eve and I wish all of you a safe and happy 2022. Take care of yourself and those around you. It’s a Free Week and I was pressed for a topic. I have not finished a book recently,(save … Continue reading

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Which Witcher?

If you tried to watch the series “The Witcher” last year and found it too graphic, I won’t blame you if you ran away. The only reason why I watched it at all was by recommendation from a YouTuber that … Continue reading

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Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … Continue reading

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‘Patiently’ Reading

When trying to come up with ideas for topics, this one popped into my mind:What would you read to an adult friend who was ill? I don’t believe any one book or story popped into my mind at the time. … Continue reading

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A Comfort Read for a Sick Friend

What Would I Select to Read to Him/Her? By Jeff Salter My first thought when reading this week’s topic was that if I had a friend who was too ill to read for themself, I’d select one or all of … Continue reading

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Like a Kid Again

When I proposed this week’s topic “Tell us about books that you have introduced to by your children/grandchildren”, it was because we had already touched upon just about every angle related to books we loved as children, and I realized … Continue reading

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Author! Author! Reader! Reader!

The Monday Fox asked:How many people read your books before you submit them?What kind of feedback do you ask for? My answer? Not enough of the right people get to see my books.I have had few friends and family interested … Continue reading

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Legacy

The Hound posed this week’s question: If you could be remembered (as an author) for only ONE of your books… which book would you choose. Why that one? I have not pushed to have my manuscripts published, (I know, I … Continue reading

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In the Groove

“How do you stay inspired to write a story set in a time and or place that’s totally different from where you are?” I don’t usually have that trouble as long as I am able to get the sit and … Continue reading

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