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The Enormous Challenge of Self-Publishing

One of the great positives about being a self-publishing author is freedom. Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? I answered to bosses more years than I care to remember. There were a few along the way who were somewhat tolerable. But autonomy is nice, albeit enormously challenging. When I wrote my first novel in 2012, I was motivated by a need to get something off my chest. It was therapy. Yes, Fifth Sunday: The Loving Hands Murder is a work of fiction, but it is based on a true story. In it, I shared many of the realities […]

Welcome to Harmony Springs

That feeling you get when you finish a novel. Hope of Cherry Blossom Lane is a wrap, and I hope it will be a blessing to you. For this novel, places and incidents from my childhood sparked my creativity. For example, The Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, VA. Blame my affection for chocolate covered cherries for the the switch from apple blossoms to cherry blossoms. In my mind’s eye, I saw cobblestone streets lined with blossoming trees, quaint specialty shops, Victorian and Colonial style buildings, and friendly people. A place of harmony. Welcome to 118 Cherry Blossom Lane in Harmony […]

My Writing Tip for the Rest of Your Life

Who’d a thunk it? This old man added something new (previously believed to be impossible) to his writing routine. Never gave it much thought. Check that. Never gave it any thought. But it just might be the most important thing I have done to help myself. So what is it? What is that vitally important thing that many writers have overlooked? Especially, those of, shall we say, more advanced age. EXERCISE! I write every day. Never miss. Even on holidays. Hour after hour, sitting in a chair, staring into a laptop monitor. Headaches. Neck pain. Carpal tunnel eyestrain (if there […]

A Good Writer Can Make Stupid Amazing

Christmas in July? Really. Back in the day we used it as a promotional stunt in radio. Today, that gimmick is now a viable programming alternative. Maybe it’s kind of a weather thing. You know. Christmas and snow. Freezing temps. Helps us somehow feel cooler in the sweltering heat of July. Regardless of the reason, some local radio stations are playing wall to wall Christmas tunes. Please spare us, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Not to be left out, at least one TV network has gone wall-to-wall Christmas programming. That would be on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries […]

New Novel is Underway

Since concluding my last novel, Alexandra’s Song, I have taken a month off from writing. Well, sort of. Actually, I have devoted time to revising my previous works with new covers and a few touchup edits where needed. This old dog still likes to learn some new tricks. I was determined to master GIMP (because it’s FREE) and step up my marketing efforts. Mission accomplished. What is GIMP, you say? Like Photoshop without the hefty price tag. Additionally, I have set up a little side biz at Fiverr for those interested in professional custom book trailers. Gives me a chance to use […]

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