Checking In

It’s been over a month since my last newsletter. Honestly, with everything going on, I just wasn’t feeling it. My creativity was nil. So, instead of trying to scrape something together, I pored myself into revising the latest version of The Devil...

New Year’s Resolutions

A lot of people don’t like New Year’s resolutions but I’m not one of them. I like imagining the new year as a fresh page, a fresh beginning, an exciting time of new possibilities. Starting a new year is a great time to evaluate what has worked in the...

Waiting is the Hard Part

Not that long ago, writers had only one way to get published — acquire a literary agent who would then sell the book to a publisher, the traditional route to publication. Oh sure, Charles Dickens self-published A Christmas Carol and Beatrix Potter...

Literary Event Challenge

I’ll be going through a bit of withdrawal this weekend. It’s the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Literary Festival and for the first time in years, I won’t be there. Attending this wonderful two-day event was something I did with my daughters,...

A Proper Flogging

There’s a terrific website for writers called Writer Unboxed which includes articles on the craft and business of fiction written by bestselling authors and industry experts. Their newsletter is great, too. The highlight for me is a regular column by Ray Rhamey...