Traveling to Promote My Book

Today I returned from an overnight trip to Manistee, Michigan. The trip came about from postcards I mailed to libraries last January announcing my second P.J. Benson mystery, AS THE CROW FLIES.  Soon after Five Star (which is part of Gale/Cengage Learning) released AS THE CROW FLIES, I was contacted … Continue reading

Creativity

Last month I signed up for a Continuing Education  class on the topic of Creativity. I was really looking forward to the class, but Monday I received a call that “Due to lack of enrollment” the  class had been canceled. Now, in the past I’ve taught a class titled “Tapping into Your … Continue reading

Leave It!

Leave it is a command I give my dog when I want him  to ignore something. It might be another dog, something on the ground, or a tree  he’s sniffing. Leave it is also something I tell myself when I  reach a point in my writing where I’m not quite … Continue reading

My Rhodesian Ridgeback

Today I’m feeling sorry for and worried about my dog, Zuri. Tomorrow morning he goes to vet’s for surgery. He’s had a growth on his right elbow for about four months, and it has one area that occasionally breaks open and bleeds. Not just a little, but a lot. Although … Continue reading

Wanna Write? Read!

Over the years I’ve been amazed whenever I meet wannabe writers who proudly tell me: “Oh I don’t read.” Especially when they tell me they don’t read the type of book they want to write. I simply don’t understand that sort of logic. Some say they’re afraid they might “accidentally” … Continue reading

How to Pick a Best Seller

Every so often I’m asked to read and critique someone’s work. What most want to know is: Will this story sell to a publisher? And beyond that question is: Will this book be a best seller? It would be nice if I or anyone could answer those questions. I know … Continue reading