Building Worlds in Fiction

Often, world building refers to creating cast/setting/story line for a fantasy series. I’m in awe of…

Why Buy Directly from Smashwords?

Though this 12+ year-old company was recently merged with Draft2Digital, Smashwords still operates. One reason D2D…

Ways to Remember

Like most people born in the first couple decades after World War II, I had a…

Can You Start Writing Before Knowing the End of a Story?

The short answer is “sure,” but the longer one would be, “Start if your characters and…

Mobi is Mosey’n On

I often encourage readers do download MOBI files from Smashwords and email them (via Amazon’s Kindle…

You Can’t Write Well if You Don’t Read

 “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to…

Subscription Services and Libraries Can Save Money for Readers

 Everyone is trying to squeeze an extra quarter from a dollar these days. For me that…

Words Matter

I put this on Twitter this morning. Mean humor is an oxymoron and has no place…

Getting to the Point

I’ve been told that at times my writing is too sparse. A reader won’t want to…

Start a Book — Even if You Don’t Know How

Authors can be asked what got them to take the idea of being an author to…

From Resolving Childhood Conflict to Peace

My parents made many smart decisions about how their kids should behave. They were the opposite…

What Does a Publisher Do With and For You?

If your knowledge of the publishing process comes from television shows or reading about book publicity…

Varied Types of Publishers

When an author says “my publisher” it’s a great feeling. If you’re considering whether to seek…

The Many Hats of a Self-Published Author

You can choose to try to find a traditional publisher or put your work out there…

Thinking Through Self-Publishing

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to write posts on the benefits of self-publishing and…

Shortening Web Addresses

Web address are long and who wants to look at a 50-character (or longer) link in…

A Picture Can Lead to 1,000 Words

 I often take pictures of scenery similar to that in my fiction. Grain elevators feature in…

Musing About Advice

Every now and then, readers will ask the common question about where I get ideas, or…

Mildred Mistletoe Adjusts to a COVID Christmas

Several years ago, I wrote about liking to have pets in my books but never writing…

Can Income-Earning Authors Take a Break?

Can income earning authors take a break? The short answer is “no.” The longer answer is…

A Look Into the ‘Real’ World

When revising my website this year, I spent time considering how to describe my writing. Not…

What to Learn from Reviews of Your Books

Most authors I know read at least some of the reviews of their books. I’ve learned…

Halloween and Books

Remember when Halloween became a holiday for adults? I do — roughly the mid-1980s. I lived…

Positive Delay Tactics — Maybe

I believe that the best way to write enough to publish is just to keep writing.…

Balancing Murder and Family

Balancing murder and family is a true skill — as long as you aren’t thinking about…