22 Years Ago This Week – My First Attempt At Getting Published

Remember 1991? I do. My soon to be 23 year-old son was still in diapers. I was a very young man in the military, though I’d already been serving for more than five years at the time. And I was writing. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing ┬ámind you, but I knew … [Read more…]

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International Please Don’t Pirate My Book Day

One of my fave authors, Chuck Wendig has a fantastic post over at his site Terrible Minds. He’s wanting to make February 6th “International Please Don’t Pirate My Book Day” and is encouraging all authors to share their thoughts on the subject. So here’s mine. Thank you book pirates. No, seriously. I want to thank … [Read more…]

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Dear Failing Newspaper Book Sections – Bloggers are your salvation

One of Canada’s two national broadsheets, The Globe And Mail last year cut back on its Globe Books section and yesterday we learn they’ve let two literary editors go. While I disagree that literary criticism is in crisis in Canada or anywhere on planet Earth for that matter (more on this in a moment) this … [Read more…]

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4 things that will determine if you’re gonna cut it as an author

  Lists, lists, lists – we love lists! They simplify our lives. Lists give us a hierarchical structure to things and the best part about lists? You get to check them off! Who doesn’t love checking things off a list – from grocery lists to Christmas lists! In the spirit of listy goodness, I’ve compiled … [Read more…]

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Ten Truths About Book Promotion

It’s written into a lot of book contracts these days – authors are expected to market their books. But how do you market something you’ve written when publishing is such a subjective business? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Marketing at the best of times is really a form of voodoo science because consumers … [Read more…]

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