4 Helpful Websites for Writing Memoir

Originally posted on Cate Macabe:
Diana Jackson at A Selection of Reflections was kind enough to post an article I wrote about how I put This New Mountain together (and she gave it a great title, too). Visit her site to read “Writing Readable and Compelling Memoir.” If you’re looking for places to glean great writing advice…

Writing takes practice–duh!

Writing takes practice–duh!

After Ray Bradbury died in 2012, many radio programs replayed interviews with the master.  A fast talker, he spoke easily about his early failures, but also accredited his success to lots of practice.  When the interviewer (sorry, I can’t remember which show or host) complimented his writing, he flippantly responded “well, I wrote everyday for … Continue reading

Judging criteria for 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Judging criteria for 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Many established book awards will not consider submissions from independent presses or self-published authors.  My guess is that traditional publishing is still viewed as a quality standard.  If the Big-5 publishes a book, there’s a virtual guarantee that it has been vetted, edited, and designed by professionals.  While there are many worthy self-published titles, there … Continue reading

Classic fiction generates sales

Classic fiction generates sales

Yesterday I mused whether certain bestsellers will (or did) become classics.  See my previous post here.  I recently came across the list above in the Feb 24, 2014 edition of Publisher’s Weekly.  It reveals the year’s top selling backlist fiction titles, which includes books that have been on sale for longer than one year.  Four … Continue reading