5 Best Bits of Advice About Marketing Your Book

5 Best Bits of Advice About Marketing Your Book


While the draft of my newest book The Terminarch Plot is in the hands of beta readers, I thought I would focus today’s blog post on some advice I would give an indie novelist who is considering marketing their book. I’m sure you’ve gone to Twitter and seen those shameless folks tweeting away about their books, … Continue reading

Your Rough Draft is Finished…Now What?

Your Rough Draft is Finished…Now What?


You’ve written a 50K plus novel.  It’s been a difficult road.  Perhaps you spent six months or six years, but it is finally done and you feel that sense of accomplishment that comes with completing such a monumental task. Now what? The following is my personal regimen that moves a rough draft to a finely … Continue reading

If You Don’t Like the Weather in Oklahoma…

If You Don’t Like the Weather in Oklahoma…


Will Rogers, a famous Oklahoma humorist, once quipped “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.”  Of course this is a statement echoed around the world.  I’ve heard the same phrase spoken in several states, and recently heard that it is voiced in other countries as well, as far … Continue reading

3 Personal Benefits of Writing a Novel

3 Personal Benefits of Writing a Novel


I’ve written four novels now (if you include that terrible teen-becomes-werewolf novel I wrote in high school for a contest but never published) and I suppose that might make me somewhat of an authority to someone who is thinking about sitting down at a computer or legal pad to write a novel. I’m in the … Continue reading

3 Ways to Design the Perfect Title

3 Ways to Design the Perfect Title


My current project is nearing completion (at least the rough draft is).  Throughout the project the novel has taken on several title changes, namely because the plot of the novel shifted, the thematic focus changed or what drove the protagonist phase-shifted. The novel I have written is a story set far in humanity’s future. The Terrans … Continue reading

Paul Smith, Typewriter Artist – A Moving Inspiration to Create

Paul Smith, Typewriter Artist – A Moving Inspiration to Create


Once in a while I pass by a bit of inspiration that moves me to tears.  Paul Smith, his body impaired by Cerebral Palsy, uses a typewriter to create beautiful art with incredible determination.  If you sit in your writing chair and have writer’s block, remember Paul Smith and get busy writing.

3 Ways to Keep Your Villain from Monologuing

3 Ways to Keep Your Villain from Monologuing


When my kids were little, they loved watching the Disney Pixar film The Incredibles.  During this film there is a scene where the villain, Syndrome, defeats Mr. Incredible with his terrible machine and then when he’s telling Mr. Incredible about his evil plans Incredible throws a log at him.  Syndrome dodges it, traps Mr. Incredible in … Continue reading

The Waves of Change in English


Originally posted on Writing-Insight-Success:
A couple of years ago, I traveled to Italy. When we were in Rome, the woman who was acting as our tour guide (a native of Rome) warned us to make sure we crossed the street in the marked crosswalks. “We have traffic laws,” she half-joked, “but they’re more like guidelines.”…