Less may be more

Sitting in an In Print writer’s group meeting this afternoon, I heard our speaker Don Gingold of Sprocket Websites talked about marketing. One of the sites he referred to included this article about moderation. Practicing Moderation with Your Marketing (and Why It Matters) | Social Media Today http://www.socialmediatoday.com/marketing/practicing-moderation-your-marketing-and-why-it-matters

Bloody inspiration

Crime writing is a big book category in Britain and here are this year’s Dagger award winners. As always, I like to look to winners for inspiration. Daggers crime writing awards presented to ‘the best of the best’ | Books | The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/01/daggers-crime-writing-awards-crime-writers-association

One more tool

When I was younger, and at times in college, I made attempts to keep a journal. I would put their contents in the category of “warm-up drills.” Some swear by them. Here’s an argument for using one. The Most Obvious Writing Tool You’re Not Using. http://writeitsideways.com/the-most-obvious-writing-tool-youre-not-using/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=writeitsideways

‘Done is good’

One of my first editors a had a few catch phrases that were part of his everyday conversation. One he offered frequently was, “Done is good.” It was his reminder to meet deadlines. Jane Morrissey has put together a wonderful little post on finishing the first draft of your book (or poem or play). FinishContinue reading “‘Done is good’”

Tips for self-publishing

Do you want to write to make money? Is writing your hobby? Or are you interested in publishing one book, perhaps a memoir to give to family members? If you’ve decided self-publishing is your best option, regardless of your long-term goals, consider these tips from Ryan Lanz. How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is RightContinue reading “Tips for self-publishing”

Stories of loss and survival

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is not something I think of as a children’s book, but it clearly involves a refugee. But I could concede the point. And with recent UN reports of at least 60 million refugees in the world today, the topic is well worth a few more books. And not justContinue reading “Stories of loss and survival”