August 6, 2012

Revising your Novel: When and How

In “7 Steps to a Foolproof Revision,” Don Fry, writing in the September 2012 edition of Writer’s Digest posits “complete your draft, then revise” as step #1. His logic is that if you strive for perfection, you’ll probably never finish your book, or, at least it will take much longer because you’ll be spending so much time re-writing the same sentences over and over again. He recommends “draft the entire piece…and then revise the whole thing, start to finish.” That approach may work well for a short story or non-fiction essay, book review or blog post, but I don’t think many writers will find it works for a novel. For one, most novelists don’t write from start to finish. There […]
May 8, 2012

Making the Grade — Now Available in All Formats

No matter how much care one takes as a writer to craft a good story with characters that people will care about and no matter how much help you have from editors, critique partners, friends and family, when a new book is launched, most writers–myself included–wait anxiously for readers’ responses. I feel gratified and relieved therefore that the first people who read Making the Gradetold me that they liked it. Now I can concentrate on publicizing its availability. To that end, if you are interested in obtaining a print or digital copy of Making the Grade — a police procedural set in Albany, New York in the year 2000, please use the links on the Making the Grade page on […]
April 23, 2012

New Interview Now Live

Thank you to Carolyn Arnold of Celebrating Authors for the interview. It’s the fourth web interview I’ve done and I think it’s the best of the 4. What do you think?
March 19, 2012

A Bookstore Takes The Expendable Man & I Give a Talk on Self-Publishing

Tucson Area Friends: If you don’t already have a copy of The Expendable Man, you can obtain one at Antigone Books on 411 4th Avenue, and if you already have a copy, tell your friends. Also, if you need a gift for an upcoming occasion, remember books make wonderful gifts. Self-Publishing: What it Means for Writers and Readers: That’s the title of a talk I’ll be giving tomorrow at a meeting of the Province Book Club in Maricopa. What’s the talk about? The future of the publishing industry is on a lot of minds these days. Writers in particular are concerned about whether traditional publishing will shrink even further, whether the uneven quality of many self-published books will turn off […]