Vanna Depresses

Vanna Depresses

A lot of people have warned me to watch out for Vanna D. Just like her namesake on that long-running television game show, she's quite a make-up artist. Vanna D offers cosmetic assistance to self-published authors, promising them great results. I wouldn't be surprised if she struggles with her own self-esteem beneath that well-made-up surface, because almost every writer [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]