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doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 2)

Lately, I’ve done a few talks for high school students who are writers, or are interested in becoming one.  In addition to disabusing them of the idea that becoming an author is a fast and easy ticket to fame and … Continue reading

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doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 1)

Lately, I’ve done a few talks for high school students who are writers, or are interested in becoming one.  In addition to disabusing them of the idea that becoming an author is a fast and easy ticket to fame and … Continue reading

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why hand-sell books?

Last Saturday, I participated in the 20th annual “Heck With The Malls” artisans’ fair in Centreville, MD, peddling my books alongside jewelry-makers, painters, woodcarvers, knitters, etc.  If you’re an author, you might wonder why I would try to sell books … Continue reading

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all you need is one

Of late, I have been down in the mouth when it comes to writing.  The last three book sales events that I have participated in have been poorly attended, with accordingly poor sales (so poor, that I left two of … Continue reading

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“lost dogs” on “papa’s world”

Queen Anne’s County TV, the local cable show where I live (in Scenic, Convenient-to-Nowhere, MD) has launched a new show, “Papa’s World,” (a reference to “Papa” Ernest Hemingway).  Every episode will feature an Eastern Shore writer, and I was chosen … Continue reading

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hand-selling books: what’s worked for me

This blog post is for writers (especially new ones) and those curious about the business side of writing, particularly “hand-selling” books in person, such as at book signings or book festivals. I’m a relatively new author (I self-published my first … Continue reading

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interview on jan bowman’s blog

Author Jan Bowman was kind enough to interview me about Dragontamer’s Daughters, the Navajo Water Project, writing and publishing indie-style, and who I like to read.  Drop by Jan’s blog and check it out.      

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bay to ocean conference 2014

This past Saturday (February 22, 2014), I attended the 17th annual Bay to Ocean writers’ conference, held at Chesapeake College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The weather was surprisingly spring-like (I rode the Black Widowmaker to and fro), there were a … Continue reading

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looking back, looking ahead

2013 was a good year for my budding writer career: I started (in earnest) drafting Lost Dogs, my next work; I learned a lot at the Bay to Ocean conference and I joined the Eastern Shore Writers Association; I sold … Continue reading

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word geekery, “hunger games edition”

(h/t Bryan Bessette)   Like everyone else in North America, I’ll be headed to the multiplex this weekend for Catching Fire, the new Hunger Games movie.  From the reviews I’ve seen already, I’m pretty sure that Fire will be a … Continue reading

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