Why Go To A Conference?

Thursday I’ll be heading for Muncie, Indiana, for the Magna cum Murder conference. Magna cum Murder XVII October 28-30, 2011 This conference is for fans as well as writers so there’s less emphasis on the  writing process (How to) and more on the creating process (Why? Where do you get your … Continue reading

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

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