What’s the big deal with first lines?

First lines. Every book has one. They have evolved. A lot. The changing tastes of the audience and the way people look at books have made them change with time. Of course, many people (and me) blame Twitter for some of this. People are now used to short bursts of information. Limited and, by definition,Continue reading “What’s the big deal with first lines?”

Am I writing for a 1960’s audience?

Am I writing for the 1960s/1970s audience? My Science fiction novels tend to be stand-alone military science fiction novels, mostly having to do with an invasion. I asked for recommendations of a book in that genre and sub-genre and found that there were none as a stand-alone novel. There are plenty of series, but noContinue reading “Am I writing for a 1960’s audience?”

Hello 2021!

Can you believe it? We made it. We survived 2020! It was so long ago, and yet it feels like it all happened just last week. Oh, wait. 2020 was last week. I’d love to have a motivating, elegant, erudite quote to describe 2020. I don’t. I do have one, though. It comes from “DeepContinue reading “Hello 2021!”

2020, we are about to say goodbye

Well, that’s a wrap. Man, this year was tough. 2020, you were not what I expected. I had a lot of stress, personal loss, and a lot to do this year. I finished two novels, but could not publish either of them. I had three novels professionally edited (finished one in 2019). I learned, theContinue reading “2020, we are about to say goodbye”

Book Titles

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. What are you up to, quoting the Bard of Avon, you ask? I’m glad you did. I have discussed book covers in another one of my posts. How they are veryContinue reading “Book Titles”

Stand-alone vs Series

Much like being in combat, if alone, you better have your act together, you have to be “the whole package”, or you are going to get creamed. If part of a series, or a group, or a squad, then you have others to help you out. What does that have to do with writing, youContinue reading “Stand-alone vs Series”

Brick and Mortar vs Online Bookstores

I’ll start with an anecdote. Back when the dinosaurs walked the Earth, 1964 or 1965, I saw Disney’s version of Jules Verne “20,000 League Under the Sea”, the 1954 film. I loved it. Of course, the next week when my friends and I played, they wanted to be either Ned Land or Captain Nemo. Me?Continue reading “Brick and Mortar vs Online Bookstores”

EDITING

I asked and you answered. The overwhelming majority wanted to know about editing. So, let’s get into this subject. Once you have written a book, regardless of genre, if it’s fiction or nonfiction, you have to edit it. What is editing? It’s a revision of the work you have completed. Some tortured souls, such asContinue reading “EDITING”