Category Corgi

Want to See Your Book In A Bookstore? Part 2

The Art of Connection A previous post featured the Top Five Things an author needs to do to increase the likelihood of seeing your book featured in an honest to God bookstore. Tina Ferguson, owner of a thriving indie bookstore, Face In A Book, in El Dorado Hills, California offered her valuable insight into what […]

A Voice on Editing and Ego

Editing a manuscript is one thing you cannot shortcut.  The process is direct, personal and, if you’re not ready for it, editing will rip the flesh from your bones, leaving you and your story a quivering mass of gelatin. Like most things in life, I’ve learned this the hard way.  You’ve finished a draft of your […]

As Common as a Tramp Stamp in a Trailer Park

Working in and around prisons for years tends to change your outlook on things – and people.  And, usually for good reason. Couple that little tidbit of learned behavior with the sick and twisted brain wave patterns of a mystery writer and all bets are off.  Any snippet of a conversation overheard in a coffee shop, […]

Stories From the Dog Bed

Here I sit, in my half completed writing room.  A few months worth of sweat, blood and tears and I’m almost there. Almost. I like to consider myself a decently skilled DIYer.  I’ve watched more than a few reruns of Renovation Realities on the DIY Network.  If you ever need to feel good about yourself, just […]

The Tax Man Cometh

Death and Taxes.  Ah, yes.  The two inevitable givens in life.  We can’t escape either end for very long.  And, once again, the depressing season of tax preparation and gnashing of teeth is upon us. Pop Quiz: I prepare my own returns because I’m: a) Cheap, b) Fond of frustration, c) Just as smart as […]

Reading Goes To The Dogs

Remember back when you were a kid?  I mean way back, when you were just a little nipper, in school learning to read. I recall my first or second grade teacher, Mrs. SomethingOrAnother (see how much of an impact she made) scratching what could have been Cyrillic letters on the blackboard.  Through a dense cloud […]

Resolution – Smesholution

Less than a week into the new year and I’m already lagging on the resolutions that were supposed to make me a lean, mean writing machine.  Not lean, not mean (maybe a bit pissy) and the writing machinery is missing a few cogs and gears. But I have excuses, honest I do. My writing room […]

Guerrilla Marketing

Guerrilla Marketing is the new anti-spam If you choose to release your book through a traditional publisher, or you are the author-publisher, you are the one who will bear the responsibility for marketing your work.  Traditional publishers may provide an initial push of the fledgling novel from the nest, but unless you learn to fly […]

What Writing Your Novel and Dog Training Have in Common

When I’m not writing, a good chunk of time is spent training our dogs, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They are (most of the time) good little pups, who compete in American Kennel Club sanctioned Obedience and Rally trials. Writing and dog training are more connected than I first thought and there are five principles that […]

Snakes On A Plane – Or In Your House

I had a paranormal experience this week. I channeled Samuel L.  Jackson from his infamous role in Snakes On A Plane.  There shouldn’t be snakes on a plane and there shouldn’t be snakes in my house.  First off, no this wasn’t a venomous rattlesnake, the variety that slither about in the foothills where we live. […]