This 23,000+ word story evolved from a writing challenge. What was planned as a short story to be called The Campfire based on a picture that was the runner-up to Union Station in one of my PICK- A-PICTURE-GET-A-STORY-WRITTEN contests. This photograph shows two teenage boys and a girl sitting in front of a campfire. I wondered who the girl was… and was she […]
How do you start to tell your story? It all begins with a single step…
I answered the phone, and after the “Hi, how’re you doing,” he had started the conversation: “I believe many of these students have already formed the way they view life. If they don’t have basic honesty as part of who they are…” It was Tom Faught, one of my clients on the phone; he’d emailed […]
For relatively unknown authors, a good or well-written book sells because it becomes discovered… then appreciated and word spreads. Early on, when marketing so that it can be found by readers who will have interest, placing them for the highest visibility and discoverability is extremely important.
True Stories From Real Business Women – Stories That Inspire We often read about famous and inspiring entrepreneurs like Oprah Winfrey and Steve Jobs, but we rarely hear about the thousands of successful business owners all around us. They’re male, female, young, old, college educated or lacking a degree. No matter the type, it’s […]
It’s not something I keep track of or pay any attention to. But this morning, when adding a few more reader comments about some of my writing and stories, I noticed it. Maybe some of them are from you… 29,922 words UPDATED JANUARY 3, 2017, NOW AT: 31,673 words That’s the word count on my Reader […]
See the inside of NIGHT DESCENDS before it comes off the print line. This is a hand-held phone video of me quick paging through the production eProof, the file I review before finalizing and then approving the manufacturing of the actual book. It was funny that as I played this to review, our Amazon Echo (a hands-free […]
Creative nonfiction is a type of writing that uses fiction writing styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. “Ultimately, the primary goal of the creative nonfiction writer is to communicate information, just like a reporter, but to shape it in a way that reads like fiction.” Another way to get a picture of what I mean by […]
The cover concept for one of my latest completed projects. The memoir of a woman who went from picking cotton in the fields of 1950s South Carolina to retiring as a Major General in the US Air Force. About the Book Many people start life in a less than opportune place. They yearn for something more […]
The way to overcome the fear of rejection is to stand up to it. Put yourself out there and be willing to be rejected or to fail… and then learn from experience. Rejection (and failure) is permanent only if you let it become so.