The Art of Awkwardly Authentic Self-Promotion

The Art of Awkwardly Authentic Self-Promotion

I am told that an author these days needs to be a master promoter -- a frequent blogger; a frenetic Tweeter; a "friend" to everyone and their dog, and to their dog's friends too; a member of multiple writing groups; a contributor to writers' forums; a reviewer of other authors'  works; a public speaker. In short, a [...]

A Nonsensical Feat!

A Nonsensical Feat!

I did it. Today I finished Goodnight Sunshine -- acknowledgements, bio, author interview and all. 334 pages. 4 sections. 61 chapters. 1 prologue. 90,916 words. 398,135 characters. A team of 16 people: 1 author, 2 editors, 10 beta readers, 1 painter, 1 photographer and 1 graphic designer. More than 3 years, at least 6 complete drafts, and too [...]

Ownership

Ownership

I have great appreciation for the editing process. My wife, Sheila, is an editor -- a very good one -- and I have benefited from her input on just about everything I've written during the past seventeen years. Coming from a software background, I liken editing to quality assurance -- a critical step that turns a [...]