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The Write Choices – The Right Words Matter

Ernest Hemingway is credited with saying: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.“ Poet Laureate Billy Collins writes: “I am entirely pure: nothing but a skeleton at a typewriter.“ Powerful words that evoke … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

Yesterday I received notification that my second novel, A Veil of Fog and Flames, is a finalist for the 2016 IAN Book of the Year Awards in Historical Fiction. This marks the second time the book has been singled out for … Continue reading

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Today I began

…the task of getting my latest manuscript ready for publication. An Ordinary Tragedy is the third book I’ve written. Yet it continues to surprise me how much non-writing work goes into getting a manuscript into book form. Today is the day. I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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Profiling – an Agent’s Prerogative

We all do it. Profiling. We make assumptions about a person based on certain traits they possess, filtering that information through our personal experience or preferences to make decisions about how to act or what to do with respect to this person. … Continue reading

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Synergy

I had THE best table mate at the Bay Area Book Festival this last weekend (June 4 & 5, 2016) in Berkeley, California – Daniel Bacon, the creator of The Barbary Coast Trail through San Francisco. Daniel’s non-fiction book, Walking … Continue reading

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Faire Game

This weekend (June 4 & 5, 2016), I will attend the second (annual) Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California. I will be on Addison Street (nicknamed “Literary Lane” for this event) from 10 am to 6 pm with both of … Continue reading

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Everybody’s Got One

When I was a kid, my mom used to change adages and descriptive phrases to remove offensive words. She would say: “Colder than a witch’s nose,” or “Can’t tell his head from a hole in the ground.” You know, instead … Continue reading

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A Font of Trivia

When it came to choosing a font type and size for my book, I was clueless. I’m not bad at the game Trivial Pursuit. Not great – I have friends who regularly “clean my clock” as my father used to say … Continue reading

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You Can’t Judge a Book…

Whoever coined the adage that you can’t judge a book by its cover wasn’t in the publishing business. Apparently, everybody judges a book by its cover. Then the back cover. Up to this point in my quest to publish, my … Continue reading

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Words, Words, Words (Part 2)

The Latest Edition When my husband and I were doing some home remodeling a few years ago, we were advised to obtain three bids before we chose a contractor. We did not need to take the lowest bid nor the … Continue reading

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