Reading

This month I’m reading two very different books for the book clubs I belong to. One is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the other is How We Made Our First Million on Kindle.  Actually, I haven’t started Hotel. That group meets at a later date than the … Continue reading

Changing Locations

Sorry, no blog today. I’ve spent all day trying to figure out what I’ll need in Florida over the next 4 months. My bedroom is a mess. Clothes, computer files, art supplies, and suitcases all over the place. Tomorrow I need to make sure I have all the computer data … Continue reading

Priorities

I’m down to the final rush; 5 days until Christmas. Gifts have been purchased and wrapped, cards sent, and now it’s just the parties and family gatherings to attend. However, because I’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas, I’ve had to ignore my writing: I haven’t had time to get … Continue reading

Did You Met Your Goals?

Yesterday I met with the Second Tuesday group, and I asked one of the members what I should blog about today. (I’m always asking her, and she always comes up with great ideas.) Since the group had just talked about goals for 2013, she suggested that topic, but as I … Continue reading

Uploading (Not) an e-book

My goal Tuesday was to get a book that was originally published by Bantam’s Loveswept up on Amazon as an e-book. This shouldn’t have been a difficult task. Last winter I’d retyped the story, following the formatting guidelines for the Kindle. Three weeks ago I created a cover for the … Continue reading

A Visit to the Past

This week a cousin called and asked some questions about her mother, my mother’s only sibling. We talked a bit about what I remembered, and then I recalled that my mother had written her memoirs back around 1990. I thought that might have some information of interest to my cousin, … Continue reading

Promotion: What really works?

Thursday night my presentation for the class I’m “teaching” on Publication will include promotion ideas. I’m listing the usual: a website, business cards, joining social groups, press releases, etc., but as I looked over the list, I started wondering how many are worth the time and effort. The website, yes. … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEWS

Lately I’ve been reading several comments about an article that appeared in the New York Times regarding paid-for reviews. (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-book-reviews-money-buy-131408538.html?page=1) If you’ve already read the article and formed an opinion, you can skip reading my blog. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to click on URLs, I’ll try to quickly … Continue reading

Unmet Goals

I believe in setting goals, and I believe in meeting those goals, if at all possible. I try to set goals that I’m sure I can achieve. Oh, there’s always that “dream” goal of making the New York Times list, but I really have my doubts that will ever occur. … Continue reading

Critique Groups: Pro/Con

Several years ago another published writer and I presented a debate at a conference we were attending. She took the positive position regarding critique groups, I took the negative. At that time I saw a lot of negatives to critique groups; since then, I’ve changed my mind. Oh, many of … Continue reading

On The Road Again

Two more days and we’re heading north. I’m going to miss the sunshine and constant warmth, but it will be great to be close to family and friends. And don’t feel sorry for me, I’m leaving one beautiful location to go to another beautiful location, and soon it will be … Continue reading

The Waiting Game

Being a writer is a hurry-up-and-wait business. Either you set deadlines for yourself, or, because you’re under contract, you have deadlines set for you. So you push yourself so you make those deadlines, and then you send the story off . . . and you wait. You wait for the … Continue reading

READ THE GUIDELINES!

 I’m always getting after my husband, who buys something and then tries to make it work without reading the instructions. And I’m always telling new writers to go to the agent’s or publisher’s web site and read the guidelines before formatting or submitting any work.  Well, now I’m the one … Continue reading