Ten Things I Learned in 2014 as a Writer

To strengthen my writer’s resolve, I’ve been looking back on 2014, particularly the period since April when I published The Case for Killing. Here are the top ten things I learned as a writer. Manage expectations. Writing for fun is, well, fun. Expecting to have a broad readership is a recipe for anxiety and depression. […]

Hey Santa

Santa, I know your focus is gifts for girls and boys, but this year, can you also give to this middle-aged writer? BTW, I’ve already bought you milk and cookies with the proceeds of my book sales this year. To help you decide, I’m forwarding you my wish list. Right up front, I acknowledge that there are […]

When is a Book Ready to Publish?

I have a confession to make. I said that my second book, False Guilt, would be available this fall. It will be the first quarter of 2015 instead. I really did think I would make the original deadline. One lesson I’ve learned is that, when talking about a future book’s release date, it’s better to say […]

Beta Reader Feedback

Last week, I blogged about using, finding and preparing beta readers. In this post, following my experience with The Case for Killing and False Guilt, I’m sharing my thoughts on what to do with their feedback. As I mentioned last blog, I give beta readers a decent draft of my manuscript and a list of questions to […]