Who Says A Self-Published Book Can’t Get Into Barnes & Noble?


  Years ago, when I first contemplated self-publishing my novel, I remember noting that one of the downsides would be that I’d never see my book in Barnes & Noble. To see your book in Barnes & Noble has been the holy grail of publishing for many first-time authors since the invention of the written … Continue reading Who Says A Self-Published Book Can’t Get Into Barnes & Noble?

Act Before You Think


On a Facebook writers group I’m a member of, someone started a discussion by asking who among us were Indies, who were traditionally published, and who were “authors in waiting.” I suspected the term “author in waiting” to be someone with a completed manuscript who was waiting to either secure a literary agent, or a … Continue reading Act Before You Think

How To Not Quit, Even When You Want To


Some scenes are too hard to write. Sometimes your brain starts to hurt just thinking about what should happen next. Most of the time it comes down to those pesky characters. What are they really feeling and thinking, but saying otherwise? People are so damn complicated. Yesterday my manuscript was torturing me. I couldn’t move … Continue reading How To Not Quit, Even When You Want To

Little Free Libraries: Don’t Let The Word Little Fool You


When I first saw a magazine story a few years ago about Little Free Libraries, before I read it, I jumped ahead to look at the photos. Yes, it was true. For the most part, they were no bigger than an apple crate. (With a roof!) The cutest things you’d ever seen. Maybe I’m just … Continue reading Little Free Libraries: Don’t Let The Word Little Fool You