Great Books… Greatly Diminished

Great Books… Greatly Diminished

I do not expect "perfect" from any book. However, in this case you do not even get an original new story. It is just someone's lazy cheapo effort to ride on Fitzgerald's century old book in order to try to make some fast money for themselves.

Trapped In A Minefield

Trapped In A Minefield

I write this post to vent about this because recently I have been getting *extremely* negative feedback from a family member about my author Instagram page...

“Everyone writes books these days…”

“Everyone writes books these days…”

Certainly more people now than ever are able to write and reach an audience; and overall that is a good thing. But "everyone writes books these days?"

Allow Me To (Re)Introduce Myself

Allow Me To (Re)Introduce Myself

Back here now in England, and battling jet lag after returning from New York on New Year's Day, to begin 2018 I thought I would (re)introduce myself...

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

A Fourth Anniversary (Come And Gone)

Having written it, I had been thinking, "That's enough. I did it..."

Here Are “The Top Five”

Here Are “The Top Five”

In the last few days I've seen a currently mega-popular male writer pop up in my Instagram feed repeatedly praised by several people I follow. Read his book! they declare. It changed my life! I'll pass. However, when others effusively push a current-day wildly popular writer you've read some of and couldn't stomach (you understand [...]

Word Of Mouth (And Online, Too)

Word Of Mouth (And Online, Too)

We are back from Puerto Rico. Yesterday, my wife stepped into Tiger Lily Jewelers here in Windham to have a link added to a watch. The woman in the shop did it for free. My wife wanted to give her something for payment. The woman wouldn't take anything. She asked my wife just to tell [...]

Released: The “Big” Book

Released: The “Big” Book

Yesterday, publication was completed. That's that. If you are not a Kindle user, Conventions: The Garden At Paris is now available in paperback, too: That paperback, which is a pretty BIG book, is also at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and all other Amazons worldwide. Tell your friends! Whether for the Kindle, or the paperback, one suspects it [...]

Deadline Day

Deadline Day

As you can see, today is March 31. As you may also see, Conventions is not out today. However, I knew a few weeks ago that the deadline was going to have to give - by a few days or weeks. I had set "March 31" as publication day in my head sometime late last [...]

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

Yesterday, spy novelist Jeremy Duns - creator of the Paul Dark novels - shared this discovery on Twitter: It's a "James Bond" novel. However, there's just one small problem with it: The "Bond" character, created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964, is still in most jurisdictions protected by copyright. You cannot just self-publish a [...]

Art For An Eighteenth Century Tale

Art For An Eighteenth Century Tale

Because the cover is probably the FIRST THING anyone sees of your book, and we all know how important "first impressions" are, I have to believe the cover art issue drives every indie author nuts. It does me. Naturally, you are desperate to get it right. None of the covers I've seen over the years [...]

Memo To Romance Authors: Nazis Are NOT “Leading Men”

Memo To Romance Authors: Nazis Are NOT “Leading Men”

[WARNING: This post contains an upsetting photograph.] Our imaginations and personal interests will invariably take us down our own writing paths. It's any author's right to invent what he/she wishes to invent. Our creativity means everything. So I'm not one usually to hit out at other authors' chosen fictional subject matter. Yet there are times [...]

E-Books Are Here To Stay

E-Books Are Here To Stay

Have you read any good books lately (besides any of mine)? 😉 If so, on which "platform?" E-book or paperback? Thus tweets the editor of the New York Times Book Review. Some replying have questioned it, pointing out for instance that it is just one year, and also that many e-books are "overpriced" by large [...]

From Narragansett Bay To Writing Today

From Narragansett Bay To Writing Today

Wednesday's post about a writer of "17 books" going on and on about her personal money woes, combined with the end of my "Bastille Day" free promo for Passports, got me thinking more on this subject. We know there are the "sneak peeks" that the likes of Amazon use to drive sales. But that is [...]

Opening With A “Hit” Single

Opening With A “Hit” Single

Inspired, I sensed afterwards, by my grandfather memories that I'd posted in the morning, I spent the day yesterday smashing through the opening chapter to Distances. Although it's not long (but none of my chapters are really "long"; I dislike "long" chapters), it's - I believe - on target. Textured. Sentimental. Sharp. A new character [...]