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Welcome to the 21st Century

If you hope to be a successful writer in this era, you cannot make excuses of “I don’t figure how to Share on Facebook” or “I don’t understand Twitter”. These are the platforms on which writers can best (and most easily) communicate with their audience these days. If you...

Critical Thinking

No, you do not get to criticize me when you are the one who is not behaving like a professional. I suggest you go look in a mirror if you are looking for who to blame for why your career or business has not succeeded like you wanted it...

I Have the Attention Span of a Gnat on Meth

Me: Did you pick up my book? Friend of over 30 years: I can’t afford it. Me: I’ll give you a copy. Friend: No, it’s okay. I don’t have the attention span to read novels. (thank you for the contribution)...

To Thine Own Self . . .

Random Author: You’re going to self-publish??? I’m going for the Big Five. That’s where the big money is. Me: (three years later, at a convention table signing books for buyers) Random Author: You’re still self-published? Me: Yes. (sincerely) When’s your book coming out? Random Author: . . ....

The Critic (Part One of Many)

Friend: Your book isn’t selling because it’s got a gay guy in it. Nobody’s going to read a book about a gay magician. Me: Sold over 50 copies last month … (Thanks to @warwriter for this one.)...

Lost in the Details, Not the Story

Email from acquaintance: I loved your book. Here’s a few things I found while reading it. (attaches 2+ pages of minor typos and misguided punctuation advice)...

Free Speech, Apparently

Acquaintance: Is that your book? Me: Yes. Acquaintance: Neat! Can I get a free copy?...

Write what you are. NOT.

“You’re a girl. You can’t write a first-person guy’s point of view.” I might not be a guy, but I know enough of them to know the stereotype. Sports analogies. Military jargon. Action-adventure movies. Things that go kaboom. My men are deeper than that. And women (and queers) love...

It’s All Relative (Sort Of)

Me: Did you get chance to buy my book yet? Long-Time Professional Acquaintance: Not yet. But you totally need to buy this one! The cover was done by a friend of my daughter....