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Rough Drafts: The Rougher the Better

Rough Drafts: The Rougher the Better

I’ve been struggling to finish another full-length book this year. But, I finally realized what was holding me back and now I feel stupid because it was something I’d learned long ago. I wasn’t making my rough drafts rough enough. THE PROBLEM: TOO MANY TASKS  I was...

I’m Not Writing For You Anymore

I’m not writing for you anymore. And, I’ll be honest, I never really wanted to. I wanted to write for me. It was a totally selfish act. When I first started writing books it was a way to escape the pressures of my day job. I’d sit by myself for hours without a clue as...

Meet My Character Blog Tour

Welcome to my leg of the Meet My Character Blog Tour. I’d like to thank Thomas Scott for inviting me to participate. Thomas is the author of the State Series which includes State of Anger and State of Betrayal. Each follows the protagonist Virgil Jones, a detective...
What if corporations ran America?

What if corporations ran America?

Some people think they already do. With armies of lobbyists, lawyers and war chests fueling super PACs, people say companies get their way over the needs and rights of the people. But, in the future,when world governments default and the corporations assume the debt...

Using My Words: Writing Resolutions for 2014

Here comes 2014 and once again everything in the book monkey world has changed. The latest is that traditionally published books are now being price competitively against indie books. We little independent authors no longer have the price edge. And with that, all of...

Using My Words: It Has Stopped Being Fun

I lost my job earlier this year and put all of my effort into my books. I looked to them to make up for the lost income so my kids would stop telling me, “I’m hungry, Dad!” I was steadfast in the idea that, with a full day devoted to marketing, I could make every...

USING MY WORDS: THE AUTHOR WISH LIST

Authors, what do you wish? For me, being an author is a wish come true. I get to spend most of my time playing make believe. Well, not most of my time. Some of my time. A little of my time. The truth is I end up spending more time being an author and less time...

Using My Words – WE’RE BECOMING PIZZA

If we’re not already pizza. When I first got into advertising I worked on a pizza account. You’ve heard of them. Actually, I named the P’zone. It was a joke. They didn’t get it and they ran with it. Sorry, America. Aside from the rare opportunity to work potty humor...