Archive for January, 2015

What is a Story?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

I believe that in order to write intimately about cats (horses, children, gardening, etc.), you must have quite a bit of experience with the subject. Sure, you can (and should) research aspects of your story that you’re not familiar with, but the main theme, characters, and premise must be something close to your heart and […]

Stay True to Your Readers

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Do you ever change your mind? When you’re writing a novel, do you change names of your characters, place names and such in mid-stream? If you’re like most novelists, you love some of the names you choose—they work. Other times, you get stuck on the name each time you bring that character into the story. […]

Step Up and Sell More Books

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Some of you are familiar with my book, “Promote Your Book, Over 250 Proven, Low Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author.” Throughout this book, I stress that it is for all authors of any type of book. I even provide examples for promoting many different genres. But more importantly, I clearly outline the […]

Take Time to Regroup—What is Your Career Satisfaction Level?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Are you still living or pursuing your dream to write/publish a novel, establish a freelance-writing business, or teach an aspect of writing, for example? Do you feel you’re still on the right path or have you become bogged down in a lifestyle that’s not supporting your goal? Maybe you’ve changed your mind about your career […]

Fiction: Keep Your Reader in Mind as You Write

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

I finished the “My Story” series, sharing my writing and publishing path from a beginning freelance writer of nonfiction in 1973, to a successful cozy mystery writer with 8 Klepto Cat Mysteries. I provide tips, techniques, and anecdotes along the way. Here’s an excerpt from today’s installment. (Entire piece  published here: My Story starts […]

Publishing Success—One Step at a Time

Friday, January 9th, 2015

I hope you have missed seeing fresh postings here. As a matter of fact, I’m spending my time with my other blog this week. At, I’m telling my story of publishing success. Of course, you know that success is relative, right? In fact, I sat with my attorney for about $400 worth this morning. […]

The Art of Making Better Publishing Choices, continued

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Once you have created a viable product (a clean, well-written manuscript that is wanted/needed by a segment of the population), it is time to consider your publishing options. And today they are in-your-face plentiful. Ads for “self-publishing” companies follow you around everywhere you go on the Internet. And if you connect with one of them, […]

The Art of Making Better Publishing Choices

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Never before have there been so many options for the author. Not only must you select from a startling array of genres and subgenres for your proposed book, and dozens and dozens of editorial services, there are countless more publishing options available. How do you—the eager hopeful author—make the right decisions on behalf of your […]