Making a Good Book Great
Craft of Writing

Making a Good Book Great

“But editing is hard work!” a new writer complained when I suggested she might need some help editing after I read her first chapters. “I’ve already had my mom, friend, and neighbor read my manuscript and they really like it.” When I asked the outcome of sending her manuscript to agents and editors, she answered,…

The Blasted Book Description
Craft of Writing

The Blasted Book Description

Ever tried to describe your own book? Chances are you have, and chances are you found it a difficult and unpleasant experience. If you’re taking the traditional publishing route, you must write a query letter or prepare an elevator pitch. If you’re self-publishing, you must write your book blurb or back cover copy. And either…

Here’s Why You Can’t Give Up
Inspiration

Here’s Why You Can’t Give Up

Recently I walked into my usual coffee house and was looking for a place to sit and work when a woman recognized me and said hello.  We chatted for a bit and she said, “Do you do your writing here?” “Almost every day,” I said. “Wow.” She looked truly astonished.  “I assumed you worked in…