Category Archives: non-fiction

Make sure you have a walking stick

Writing is a bit of a psych game, as I’ve learned. With the publication of “Duck Boy” I’ve rollercoastered up and down the hills of opinion, and lots of people who have ideas about how valuable and well-written it is. … Continue reading

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Are we becoming a writing culture?

(I included this picture because it makes the post that much more interesting, right? Plus it’s moody and foreboding, don’t you think?) As we ponder the future of the book and what it means to publish in these changing times, … Continue reading

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Report, mid book tour

I’ve now been in the Los Angeles area for a few days and am getting the hang of the book tour thing. It’s been extremely pleasant. Days are spent wandering around hanging out at cafes, with patches of good discussion … Continue reading

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Marketing a book: in with the old & in with the new

As you probably know, marketing of a book is a very big deal. In some ways, like the  music industry, the marketing can be a bigger deal than the work itself. It’s also the most difficult for most authors. I … Continue reading

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No writer is an island. Not even a writer on an island.

A few words on the importance of the editing process. OK. There was a time when I thought I was so right that editing would have been offensive. But I was a moron for thinking this way. Even the best … Continue reading

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Editing the book: getting it “righter”

Let me spend a few words on describing what happened once Bitingduck accepted my manuscript. Editor-in-chief, Jay Nadeau, once the contract was signed, asked me to work on some initial revisions. Now, instead of just one set of eyes on … Continue reading

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Sit on your eggs

Many people don’t believe their thoughts have any value. When these people have an inkling, an idea, or some other great mental event, they shrug it off and forget about it. Thoughts, for me, are like eggs. Many times, I … Continue reading

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Don’t be perfect: the janitor approach

Today’s note is about one of the big barriers that keeps people from writing: perfection. Many folks believe that writing has to be right when it gets typed in, or at least they act that way. I don’t know if … Continue reading

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You’re the biggest tool (in the writing process): Part two

You still are the biggest tool around, when it comes to the writing process. As I’ve been suggesting, one of the most critical pieces of writing successfully is figuring out how you like to write. I can’t really tell you … Continue reading

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You’re the biggest tool (in the writing process): Part one

Lots of folks think that the most important thing about writing is having a laptop or a pen, or something. But the biggest part of the writing process is what you bring — you are the biggest tool! So, you … Continue reading

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