Self-Published Book Beats the Odds by Making the New York Times Bestseller List


      When I self-published my book, admittedly, it was the last resort. It was the backup plan if I had failed to sell it to a trade publisher. I promised myself that if I couldn’t sell it, or find an agent to represent me, I would not tuck it in a drawer and … Continue reading Self-Published Book Beats the Odds by Making the New York Times Bestseller List

How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?


photo by Tina Franklin Do you ever wonder this? Have you ever asked yourself in the middle of the night, as you turn to look at your husband or wife in bed next to you, “Do I know everything I should about this person?”? This is exactly what makes the “marriage thriller” (GONE GIRL, THE … Continue reading How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?

If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It


photo by Corey Harmon A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first “met” this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I’ve received many times over, albeit from different writers. I’ve even sent that same email myself, … Continue reading If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

The Most Important Lessons Prince Taught Us


Photo by Peter Tea As I read stories written about Prince since his untimely death, I realize there are some loud messages he’s left us to ponder. One of the most crucial is: it’s okay to be different. In fact, it’s not just okay. It’s important, necessary, vital even. Prince never shied away from being … Continue reading The Most Important Lessons Prince Taught Us