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What to Do With That One-Star Book Review

Image: © Piotr Marcinski (Fotolia.com) Why You Don’t Want All Five-Star Book Reviews Not even the greats get all five-star reviews, and they wouldn’t want to either. A book with straight five-star reviews is highly suspect. Real life is a variable bell-shaped curve. Whether…

Do You Really Need Book Reviews?

Image: © Monkey Business (Fotolia.com) Why Book Reviews Matter Your book is published. Now what? After marketing, you wait for the reviews. Don’t think that the reviews don’t matter because they do. Unless you already have fans banging down your door for your next book release, odds are…

You Say You Want to Be a Writer

Image: © peshkov (Fotolia.com) The Writer Without a Coffee Habit I may be crossing a line when I say this, especially as a writer, but I don’t like coffee. I really don’t. Unless it is mixed with heaping amounts of sugar AND served up as ice cream, I…

Finding Time to Write

Image (from left to right): Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, and Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Paramount Pictures The Speed of Life Ferris Bueller knew how to live life to the fullest. Whether it was singing Danke Schoen on a float, dining as the Sausage King…

Why You Should (Not) Write What You Know

Image:© alphaspirit (Fotolia.com) Every Story Has Been Written I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but your story is not one of a kind. It’s not the first time you will hear this either. Every story has already been told. Man v. fate Man v. man…

How to Write Like a Pro (By the Pros) Part 2

Image (from left to right): J.K. Rowling and Stephen King attend a news conference for “An Evening With Harry, Carrie and Garp” at Radio City Music Hall on August 1, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images) How to Write Your Best Novel…

How to Write Like a Pro (By the Pros) Part 1

Image: Interview between Stephen King and George R.R. Martin at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico (2016) How to Write Your Best Novel Every new writer, or even established author, wants to know the “best” way to write a best-selling novel. Even Game of Thrones…

Don’t Forget to Do What You Love

Image: © gustavofrazao (Fotolia.com) What Do You Do? Don’t let what you do stop you from doing what you love. At first, that may sound a bit trite, even cliche, but a truth is a truth no matter how you spin it. Simply put, most of us do…

The Smooth Path to a Writing Career

Image: © gearstd (Fotolia.com) The Quick and Easy Path to a Writing Career It’s time to reveal the secret that successful writers have known for years. From the first word on the page to six-figure publishing deals with the Big Five (Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster…