Destination Wedding

If all goes well, and if you read this blog on January 13, 2016, my husband and I are now in Panama City, Panama. While here, we’ll be doing a couple days of sightseeing. Friday we’ll catch a plane and fly to Bocas del Toro. From there we’ll take a … Continue reading

Are You a Writer or a Promoter?

Last week I received my Authors Guild Fall 2015 Bulletin. In it one article echoed the feelings I’ve had this year. Roxana Robinson, AG President, wrote “Should Writers Be Performers?” Her point, which I feel is true, is that over the years publishing houses, large and small, in order to … Continue reading

Spotlight on Pamela S. Thibodeaux

This week I’d like to shine the spotlight on Pamela S. Thibodeux. Pam is the co-founder and lifetime member of the Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction. Her books are inspirational, but reviewers have called her work “steamier and grittier … 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

Creating Covers

Today I spent three hours at a friend’s house learning how to use Photoshop. Well, let’s be honest. He showed me how to use the program, but I’m still at the lowest level of the learning curve. Dave has had a book on photography published and has taught at the … Continue reading

Change

Considering all of the changes that have occurred along our eastern seaboard, change seemed an appropriate topic today. Change is a problem writers of contemporary fiction must always consider. Of course you want your characters to change during the course of a story, and you want a change in the … 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

Teaching Writers

This month I’m teaching a continuing education class for writers who want their work published. I say teach, but I’m really more of a guide. I see my job as two-fold: one part is to warn these writers of the ways they can be taken by unscrupulous agents and publishers; … Continue reading

Writers’ Police Academy-Pre

Today I’m heading to Greensboro, North Carolina for the Writers’ Police Academy (http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/) which starts Thursday afternoon. If you go to the web site and click on the schedule, you’ll see all the fantastic activities that I’m going to have to choose between. I am scheduled to participate in the … Continue reading

To Self-Publish or Not

Which is best, to self-publish your book or go with a traditional publisher? My answer is always: “Depends.” (And no, I don’t mean those undergarments for the elderly.) IMO it depends on the type of book and the writer. Over the years I’ve run into many men and women who … 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