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Run It Up the Flagpole (and see if it bounces…)

Regular readers of this blog (all five of you) may have noticed that I seldom use it to promote my own work. I’m not sure why I don’t. It would seem unseemly somehow. Also, what I care about is the … Continue reading

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Tow, Don’t Shell

Writers of fiction are often advised to “show, don’t tell.” This can be excellent advice, but it can also be a quick-and-dirty formula that will weaken your writing rather than making it stronger. A great deal depends on the quality … Continue reading

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The Fine Print

If you aspire to have your book published by a real publisher, and if you’re lucky enough, persistent enough, or talented enough to reach that goal, you’ll find your eyes crossing as you scrutinize the fine print in a contract. … Continue reading

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Getting Your Foot in the Door

A friend of mine just got an encouraging rejection from a large indie publisher of mysteries. The acquisitions person went far beyond a few boilerplate “atta-girl” comments. She offered some specific observations about the book. Getting a rejection that praises … Continue reading

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Hit Me with Your Best Shot

I’ve been having some trouble reading fiction. Novels bore me. This month I got about 3/5 of the way through George Eliot’s Middlemarch, which is 800 pages long and acknowledged as a classic, and then lost interest. At the point … Continue reading

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Swim with the Minnows

One of the nice ways to shape your Facebook feed is to click on an occasional ad. You will then be swarmed by ads for similar products and services. Once in a while I poke at an ad for a … Continue reading

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Light Reading

Bingeing on reading mysteries. Not quite ready yet to think seriously about starting to write a new book of my own, and even if I were thinking about it I wouldn’t be spilling the details here. So I’m filling time. … Continue reading

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The Moonstone & Sixpence

I don’t remember when I acquired my paperback copy of Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone. Internal evidence (the copyright notice on the reprint) suggests it was probably in the mid-1980s. If I read it at the time, I have only the … Continue reading

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Just the Facts, Ma’am

Twenty years or so ago, back around the turn of the century, I had a dandy idea for a murder mystery set in ancient Rome. (It’s called While Caesar Sang of Hercules, and it’s now available on Amazon, but that’s … Continue reading

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Many Mysteries

The mystery genre is hugely popular. Just about any type of story you’d enjoy, you can find on the mystery shelves. The trick is finding something that fits your tastes. There are sub-genres: cozies, thrillers, historical, police procedural, and so … Continue reading

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