Old School Experiment – Live without Email and SM

I’m doing something different for this month of February. Not writing emails, texts, comments on social media, DMs, PMs, tweets, etc. All of my writing will be towards my books (and my clients’ edits & notes). Why? My parents, 85 and 94 spring chickens that they are, don’t email. They don’t use social media. They… Read More

Why you should never be scared to Write

I don’t post about my own books, except when there is a super exciting sale going on… which happens to be right now. Xamnesia: Everything I Forgot in my Search for an Unreal Life is FREE from 01/19-01/21 (today, Friday, Saturday) on all of the Amazons out there. You can read it on your Kindle,… Read More

Put 2017 into Focus

How many times have you made New Year’s resolutions that fall off by the 11th of January? (You’ll note that’s today’s date.) Me? It happens every year. I always have the same goals, year in year out. They look like this: go to the gym until i look incredible get 6 books out in the… Read More

Why Being a Writers’ Cheerleader Will Make or Break Your Writing Career

What’s the secret sauce to being a writer… a successful writer? Community. Other writers. Little gangs and groups. Even if the face-to-face contact is infrequent or only online. You’re going to need people who ask how your new draft is going as if it’s a sickly, beloved pet. People who give you their gut reaction… Read More

The Only Way to Stop Feeling Rejected as a Writer

Cue the violin music, things are about to get emotional. One of my writer buddies has been receiving rejections from the Big 5 Publishers. After spending three years on her book. Plus a huge amount of time and $$$ on writing classes, submissions, hone your craft stuff, platform building, networking, and pow-pows with literary agents. Her… Read More

7 Ways to Pick Yourself Up when Your Writing Derails

Life often gets in the way of writing. Job, kids, illness, crises, earthquakes, droughts, plagues… these all crop up (okay, plague not so often but I still remember what the 2009 flu pandemic Grippe A/H1N1/swine flu did to Paris). Sometimes it’s major events that cause our derailment… elections, referendum results, a supermoon… These things are… Read More

James Patterson budge over here’s a new thriller author

I’m thrilled to see The Devil’s Luck by T.R. Croke released today on Amazon. T.R. Croke is a natural-born storyteller with a pedigree of working in Ireland’s anti-terrorist faction of the Irish police, which saw him stationed in Paris for many years. The Devil’s Luck is his debut conspiracy thriller featuring Detective Kate Bowen – a gutsy… Read More

8 Ways Being Vegan Makes Me a Better Editor

I used to read about vegans and think, “Ugh, too pure. Too healthy. How can they forego yummy cheese, etc.?” It kind of made me hate them. Hopefully I won’t make you hate me with this post. I just want to share 8 ways that eating vegan (plus avoiding sugar, caffeine, gluten, and **almost** all… Read More

10 Simple Tips to Beat Writers’ Procrastination

Note that I’m not calling this “writer’s block” I prefer to label this slack-jawed sensation of dread procrastination. It’s a monster that can pop up at any stage of your writing career. Some days you hop online to check one thing – you swear – yet two hours later you’ve learned how to re-enamel a cast… Read More

The World’s Best Advice for Writers

I’ve read many articles by authors with their advice to aspiring writers… but Hugh Howey’s blog post of this week is the best I’ve read. I make that sweeping claim because he takes you beyond the “inspiration – perspiration” stage – the how-to’s of finding the muse and rolling up your sleeves – way further into… Read More