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Are You a Book Purist?


Have you noticed that the New York Times bestseller list now starts with Combined Print & E-Book Fiction, and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction, followed by the Hardcover lists for each category? With the onslaught of e-readers, it seems that this was bound to happen. Check out these new electronic books available online. For your […]

Successful Writers Make Time To Write

I always encourage writers to set time aside each day for their craft. Creating a routine and always finding time for your characters can make all of the difference.  Writer MacKenzie Bezos, a talented writer who also happens to be the wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, often gets up as early as 4:30 or […]

Happy 2013!


Black-eyed peas are a traditional southern dish served to celebrate New Year’s.  Following is my own special recipe for Hoppin’ John – a great way to start 2013!  As you welcome a new year, what are your resolutions?  Writing them down is a good way to make sure you stick to them, as well as […]

On The Road


Five writers.  Five states.  Seven days.  That is the Summer Comfort Book Tour in a nutshell, a book tour which saw a group of independent writers take to the road to promote their collective works recently. With competition for shelf space and online presence at an all-time high, authors are having to take things into […]

Immortal Bird

Written by Doron Weber, this powerful family memoir tells the very personal tale of a family’s journey through their son’s health struggles, the result of a congenital heart defect.   As a reader, you feel like a close confidante, sometimes even an eavesdropper into the most intimate and poignant times faced by this extraordinary family.  And […]

Coffee, Anyone?

The Atlantic recently reported on a study about the effects of noise on creativity.  Turns out, a crowded coffee shop might just be the best place to get your creative juices flowing.  If Goldilocks had been a writer, she would find the ambient noise in a crowded coffee shop to be “just right.” Too quiet, […]

Book It!

Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle has celebrated over 20 years of “novel theatre” through which works of fiction are brought to life on the stage.  It began as an artists’ collective, adapting short stories and taking them on tour. Most recently, The Art of Racing In the Rain, Garth Stein’s immensely popular novel, was produced […]

Listen In!

I was pleased to present “Writing Strategies For Authors” last month on the Rock Star Radio Network.  I am grateful to Dr. Judith Briles, author of Show Me About Book Publishing for giving me this opportunity to share my work. On the program, I talked about the importance of writing by hand, tips for deleting […]

In Celebration of the Irish

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the time is right to pay tribute to a much-maligned art form – the limerick.  While limericks didn’t originate in Ireland, we have the town of Limerick for putting them on the map, so to speak.    Although bawdy humor or bad taste may come to mind when you hear […]

Birth of a Bookstore

Acclaimed novelist Ann Patchett was facing a cultural void in her hometown of Nashville after a popular independent bookstore closed.  But rather than spend time wringing her hands about it, she decided to do something about it.  The result is Parnassus Books, a new independent bookstore opened by Patchett and business partner Karen Hayes late […]