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Moral Boils

Now and then I wander down the aisles at the local public library and pick up a book by an author whose name I don’t know. A new author is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re … Continue reading

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Too Much Information

What does your lead character know, and when does she learn it? What about the other characters? When you’re writing fiction, this is not a trivial issue — it’s a constant concern. If you’re not careful (and I’m not always … Continue reading

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The Writer as Reader

For writers, it’s tempting and perhaps inevitable to notice the nuts and bolts while reading a novel. Enjoying a novel, even a good one, can become difficult, because we’re distracted by thinking, “Is that how I would have done it? … Continue reading

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The Editor Is In

Having a little extra income is nice, especially when you’re retired and especially when, looking not too far down the road, you can see what the fascist corporate homophobic racist sociopathic fanatics who are now running (ruining, actually) our government … Continue reading

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Openers

Every chapter in a novel has to start somewhere. While preparing Book 3 (The Heartsong Fountain) of my series for upload to Amazon, I skimmed through the ebook file rapidly, looking for file formatting problems. Found a couple of mis-numbered … Continue reading

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Those Fabulous Fakes

We live in a world of fakes — fake boobs, fake eyelashes, fake scandals, lip-syncing musicians, and the ever-popular bare-faced lie. So we shouldn’t be surprised that some aspiring self-published authors resort to fake book reviews. Apparently there are people … Continue reading

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More on Paper

The $400 estimate I mentioned a couple of days ago for the cost of interior book design for paperbacks seems to have been low. I’ve been talking to several people who want to charge $600 or more per novel. And … Continue reading

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