To Each Of You

From the outside, often it looked cool and glamorous (I remember sitting star-struck at him once telling me about meeting Sean Connery)…

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No “Rivals” Here

I remember my uncle telling me he avoided reading manuscripts sent to him – mostly by acquaintances who wanted to write and sought advice.

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Why Blog?

Social media is about, above all, being, well, social.

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For Non-Amazons Out There

In my previous post, discussing what I hope will be a new short story (as you may know, writing a short story is a new endeavor for me), I stated that it will be available “only” on Kindle. I have since amended the post because, afterward, as I thought about that, I realized that was […]

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“Freebies” For “Honest” Reviews?

Due to what I have seen regularly “out there,” and with my brand new Conventions, as well as my first book, Passports, available on Kindle promo for 99c each until next week [UPDATE: it will run indefinitely], this awkward issue again jumped to my mind. I realized I have never addressed it here before. I […]

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My “Gone With The Wind” (I Laughed)

When you have finished the rough draft of your latest book one day earlier than you had targeted it for completion, what do you do? Well, I sat there stunned and shattered. Later, I watched an old film and decompressed: And I went for a quick walk: I did not go inside. I resisted. I […]

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The All-Consuming “Monster”

On Friday, Kate Colby wrote a thoughtful post on “writing through your fear” – including on a writer needing to face down worries about receiving poor reviews. I liked it so much I left her this comment: Great post, Kate. So well put – especially on the fear of poor reviews issue. I’m sure no […]

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Behind The Literary Mask

Writing in the New York Review of Books, an Italian journalist claims he may have uncovered the real-life identity of a pseudonymous huge selling Italian author: The perpetual “interest” some seem to have in who’s actually “behind the mask” – and in “unmasking” them. LOTS of “Elena Ferrante’s” readers are apparently ***NOT*** happy about this […]

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What Fiction Is Supposed To Do

A well-regarded children’s author on what “kids need to see” in books: And who could really take issue with that? It seems reasonable enough. And not being a children’s author I have no opinion about what children’s authors believe “kids need” – kids are their audience after all. Yet as I thought about it, something […]

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