(Mostly Undiscussed) Advice for Beginning Authors


One of the great joys of speaking at a writer’s conference is meeting new authors. Many are starting their writing career, and they’re often seeking advice. While I’m certainly no expert, I seem to have a firsthand grasp of the pitfalls. From my experience, this is my advice. On How To Start: If you haven’t … Continue reading (Mostly Undiscussed) Advice for Beginning Authors

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

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?