On Writing the Foreign – A Confession

On his FB feed recently, Steven Brust (a man whose writing I’ve enjoyed for over 30 years), expressed something that has troubled me for a few years now. He wrote, “I keep seeing that white people shouldn’t tell the stories of black people, that men shouldn’t tell the stories of women, that straight people shouldn’t … Read more…

Book Biz Rules And Riddles 002

GETTING PUBLISHED There’s a question I hear quite often from newer authors looking to get into the writing game or people who have never done more than just think about writing. “How do I get published?” I can honestly say there is a different path for every single writer who takes up the mighty pen. … Read more…

The Perils of Multitasking and Time Delays

So, I have to pony up a faux pas I made in my last post. Remember when I said that R.C. was the only one who picked up on the fact that I had a character sitting in a frozen cave buck naked during a thirty minute conversation? Yeah, well that wasn’t entirely accurate. My … Read more…

Shriveled Junk and the Importance of Other Eyes

I meant to get this post out on Wednesday, but I’ve been neck-deep in the Superstars Writing Seminar 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I’ve spent the week with about 120 different authors, while I work with a couple of buddies (Josh Vogt and Ramon Terrell) in the seminar bookstore and catch up on some book … Read more…

Second in Sales – Advice for Writers

TIPS FOR UP-AND-COMING WRITERS: I found out today that I was second in sales for the month of November over at 7DS Books. They’re the ones who carry my short story collection Out Through the Attic. I’m not mentioning this to brag… well, I am… at least a little, but it’s not the most important … Read more…

Tokyo Yakuza on the Rise – A Freelance Success

I’m doing everything I can these days to become a fulltime freelancer. With bills being what they are and my old “perfect day gig” having mostly dried up, I need a new revenue stream. Working with Kathryn S. Renta of LatchKeyArtist.com, we’ve been doing banner work for TOR and Kevin J. Anderson, as well as … Read more…

A Fact of Life and Business

Once upon a time there was a plumber named Bob and a home-builder named Tom. On a bright, sunny day, Tom asked Bob to tile a bathroom for a home. Tom intended to sell this home to either investors or other homebuilders. The two men agreed upon an estimated price for the work, and with … Read more…

An American White Guy’s Realization About Culture

When I’m faced with a moral conundrum, I often ask myself, “What would Picard do?” I admit that with a great deal of pride. The character Captain Jean Luc Picard was depicted in such a fashion that his decisions and decision making processes offer a marvelous compass for the generations who watched Star Trek the … Read more…

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