What do you get when you … self-publish?

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Do you remember the song that starts with “What do you get when you fall in love?” According to Dionne Warwick “…you only get a life of pain and sorrow.” I’m betting if you changed her words to WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU SELF PUBLISH?, you’d get the same answer. Continue reading

The Intimacy Between Sales and Good Editing

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Have you noticed the plethora of blogs recently chattering about the “importance of editing”?  Must be the season!  Probably because spring is almost here and we authors are about to “spring” our winter ramblings on publishers.

But I do think it’s a critical topic, so I’m going to add my two cents to the discussion. Continue reading

Never use the word “Suddenly”

Elmore Leonard
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That was one of Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing.  Number 6, I think.

Elmore Leonard died about six months ago. His career spanned over six decades. He was a prolific writer, and, in my mind, one of the best of his generation in what I would call the “pulp fiction” category. You know, the kind of mystery or thriller or suspense (whatever they were called back in the day) paperback you would pick up at your corner book store when you were looking for a good, fun, quick read. Continue reading