Category Archives: Commentary

I picked the wrong “Magic” Pen

If you watched the season finale of Once Upon a Time, the show is ALL ABOUT THE WRITER/AUTHOR… Yes, us struggling writers are FINALLY the “heroes”, only this guy is so NOT. (I’m sure the actual writers of the show LOVE this, and the fact that Issac, the writer is Jewish,, as am I and …

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If Fiction Authors ARE Fictional, How do REAL Authors Find Success?

As fiction writers we see the world in a different way than most. We’re magicians in a land of skeptics; the court jesters who, for a brief moment, help the downtrodden forget how much they hate their rulers. We create hope for the hopeless, unlimited possibilities where everything seems impossible. Even when our own reality …

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Break Free From the Herd and be Heard

Before the publishing world was hit by the tsunami of digital and on-demand self-publishing, there was a certain amount of admiration and prestige associated with being a published author. Our family would congratulate us and brag to their friends about their mother, father, son, daughter, second cousin twice removed, whose name they would drop at …

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Break Free From the Herd and Be Heard

Before the publishing world was hit by the tsunami of digital and on-demand self-publishing, there was a certain amount of admiration and prestige associated with being a published author. Our family would congratulate us and brag to their friends about their mother, father, son, daughter, second cousin twice removed, whose name they would drop at …

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Can Visualizing Success Make It Happen?

The other day I was in a convenience store and noticed a rack with several books on sale by an author I didn’t know. My first thought was “that will never be my books”. Then, my inner voice smacked me in the face (metaphorically, of course) and replaced that thought with a vision of my …

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How Do You Come Up with Ideas for a Novel?

When you introduce yourself as an author, the second question you’ll probably hear most often, after the inevitable “are you self-published?” is “how do you come up with ideas for your novel?”. Setting aside the first question for now, my response is how do I not come up with ideas for my next novel?           For those …

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Technology is Robbing Authors of Our Immortality

Pick up a pencil. Right NOW pick up a pencil. Or if you prefer a pen, if you can find one, and write you name. In script.  If you remember how. Now, look at your signature. The name you wrote is probably shared by millions, but the way you wrote it is unique and special …

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Get OUT of the Publishing Traffic Jam

In the early days of publishing the road to riches was a small highway littered with rejected manuscripts and abandoned dreams. Few who started out on the journey actually made it to the finish line. Many more either crashed and burned, or simply abandoned the trip altogether. For the financially independent, there was the alternate …

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What Writers Need to Do When We Run Out of Gas

There have been numerous articles written about writer’s block- that horrific time in our lives when our “Muse” takes a vacation and all creativity comes to a screeching halt. Web sites abound on the subject, with many experts giving their opinions on the causes and solutions, most of which we’ve all heard before. But the …

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Know Your Rights Before You’re Left Out!

When publishing was only a matter of paper and ink, and reading material was produced by hand, author’s “rights” were pretty simple. There were none. Whatever the author wrote, the author sold and the author kept the money. With the invention of the printing press, came a new industry, Publishing. The good news for authors …

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