Vanity vs. Self-Publishing: Is There a Difference?

There is definitely a stigma about using a “vanity press” or a publishing house that charges big bucks (usually) to publish a book that an author has written.  For years, a “vanity press” has been seen by industry leaders as a press that will publish anyone at all who has enough money, particularly people whoContinue reading “Vanity vs. Self-Publishing: Is There a Difference?”

4 Days Until My Book is Finished…Or the World Ends

Well, I finished writing the rough draft this weekend, cranking out a record of 15,000 words in one weekend.  Crazy.  It is finally finished, though, and now I can begin the editing process over the next few days, let it see a fresh pair of eyes, and then upload it to Kindle and Nook onContinue reading “4 Days Until My Book is Finished…Or the World Ends”

I’ve Been Nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award

I am honored and thankful that I have so many followers of my blog who think highly enough of me to nominate me for things, but Blog of the Year is really nice.  Thanks go out to Vicki Acton at “The View Outside“, a great and informative blog about writing and also to Alex Laybourne,Continue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award”

A New Personal Record

This last weekend I worked on my novel marathon style.  Saturday I managed to participate in the annual Norman Holiday Parade, dressing up as a special forces scout trooper and marching with my JediOKC friends.  At 1:00pm, after downing a gluten free lunch at Texadelphia, it was off to the laptop for a non-stop writingContinue reading “A New Personal Record”

NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Living With the Inner Critic Faerie

The NaNoWriMo competition is a race to the finish.  One thing that will keep you from reaching your goals in only eleven days is the magical internal critic faerie. My current WIP This Broken Earth is being released in three separate installments with a complete text being released in January.  I set deadlines for myself and thenContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #19: Living With the Inner Critic Faerie”

NaNoWriMo Tip #15: The Midway Point

Well, here we are.  The midpoint.  We are now 15 days away from the deadline and many of you should have most of your novel completed if you want to spend some quality time editing and revising. I have a few encouraging words for you today so that you will not quit when you haveContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #15: The Midway Point”

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #7: Punctuation

There are basically five punctuation errors that every writer must avoid.  These are: 1.  The Comma Splice – Two sentences joined only with a comma. Example: He fell into the pool of water, his clothes soaked up the cold wetness.  This should be two sentences. 2.  The Run-On Sentence or Fused Sentence – A sentenceContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #7: Punctuation”

The U.S. of After Chapter 46

Clayton Amy didn’t sleep for about two days after Ralph died.  She just sat in the boat and cried and held little Anya who didn’t really understand what had happened.  We stopped down the river a ways after we was sure them militia guys was gone.  We had ourselves a burial for the ones thatContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 46”