Reconnecting Through Writing

Last week, I tweeted that writing books is a great way to connect with people from one’s past. Many tweets have an untold background story. I’ve decided to tell the story behind my tweet. My father was a Professor of Chemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. The Klaus Fritze Memorial Prize at McMaster is […]

Eight Thoughts to Help Writers Persevere

I took a hard look at my writing accomplishments in 2014 and they’re mixed. I received a lot of positive feedback on The Case for Killing. I’ve also had strong beta reader and editorial support for False Guilt. However, sales of my first book have been modest; somewhat above average for a first time self-published […]

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 […]

Using, Finding and Preparing Beta Readers

I’m going to devote a few posts to the topic of beta readers. I’m including the posts under “Thoughts on Writing” because beta readers can help writers both traditionally and self-published. This post is about using, finding and preparing beta readers. The next post will ask what do with their feedback. One can have different views on […]

Content Overload

I’ve been fighting content overload. My gen used to find information in newspapers and books, and occasionally on TV. Often, for a particular subject, there wasn’t a lot. Like many others, I embraced the online world and, more or less, got used to a wealth of new sources. However, after I got interested in writing a […]

New York City Inspires

Writers are drawn to New York City. Many visit, as I did last week to research locations for my third book. Others choose to live there, or having been born there, never leave. Take just one small neighbourhood, tony Brooklyn Heights (pictured) across the East River from south Manhattan. There I communed with the ghosts […]