publishing

Front and Center: The Importance of a Well Designed Cover

About a year ago I talked about the importance of decent book cover design and I think it’s time to revisit the subject.  There is a wide range of styles and approaches to book cover design and being a graphic designer myself, I find some are more successful than others. Don’t kid yourself into thinking […]

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Beta Readers: Getting a Second Opinion

We can easily spot talent in others, but accepting our own is a much steeper climb. Some have an overinflated self image, while others seem much too timid to accept that they have plenty to be proud of.  The act of writing is a largely solitary craft. A book can take a year or more […]

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Creating a Stir

Steve Meitz is a loyal reader of my blog.  He is also one of the few readers that I see face to face on a regular basis.  We catch the same commuter bus every morning.  He is a very funny guy who has had countless interesting experiences, and he has provided me with a number […]

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Word for Word

“With proper attribution, to quote another’s thoughts and words is appropriate; plagiarism, however, is cheating, and it may break copyright law as well.” —Kenneth G. Wilson  I wish the words had been better.  Actually, what I mean is I wish The Words had been better. My wife and I went to see the newly released […]

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Ready? Set? Write! The Pros and Cons of Writing Contests

I was thinking of entering a few writing contests.  Maybe win a little cash, gain some exposure and validity.  I found that there are lots of contests out there and what I also found out is that there are people who warn you to be careful what you enter, not all of them are legitimate.  There is […]

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Brand X

Anyone who has written a series of books might be familiar with the term “Branding.” Certainly you are aware of the Hunger Games trilogy. If you take a look at all three covers of that trilogy you will notice a distinct similarity between them. Let’s suppose that you liked the first book and wanted to […]

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A Little Song and Dance

You are writing a scene where your main character has invited a woman back to his place.  He pours two fingers of an expensive single malt scotch into two glasses—no ice but he adds the slightest splash of water to allow the spirit to bloom. He owns a vast vinyl collection comprised mostly of jazz […]

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