The Lonely Writer

Posted On Apr 10 2013 by

Gina Conroy, who shall henceforth be known as Super G on this here blog, posted in Writer…Interrupted this week about her struggles as a “left behind” writer. She and I have shared this same experience. We began writing years ago and found other newbies to hang out with (albeit electronically) and encourage. However, life happened, we took a step back, slowed down, even stopped, only to watch our new friends pass us by on the road to publication. We’re not jealous of our friend’s success. I remember the day Robin Miller (aka Robin Caroll) called me on my cell phone …


Tweet not, fair writer

Posted On Mar 14 2013 by

Karen Ball over at the Steve Laube Agency always has a way to encourage fledgling authors and keep them focused. So it’s no surprise that her latest post is titled “Get Focused.” Karen nails one of my biggest beefs with the publishing world. I can’t really blame the industry itself, or agents, or editors, not even writers. It’s one of those things that has grown out of proportion to its true importance. I’m talking about your platform, or your blog, social networking, whatever you prefer to name it. Have you tried to make a list of all you should accomplish …


Partners in Ink

Posted On Mar 2 2013 by

You’d think a mystery & suspense writer would know better–going it alone doesn’t work. My protagonists all have partners. The cops on Southland all have partners. Even salesmen have partners. Why in the worlds would I try to go it alone? I think writers love the thought of being loners. We envision Ernest Hemingway, pipe clenched in his teeth, a glass of the hard stuff next to his typewriter, pounding away at another brilliantly crafted tale. Just Ernest. And the booze. And a typewriter. Now, I don’t know if Hemingway had a writing partner or not, but I also know …


Collecting Stars

Posted On Feb 27 2013 by

Writerbud Gina Conroy asked on facebook–why do people post negative reviews? Now, I haven’t had a novel published yet, but I’ve had enough published in print and online to know that the negative reviews will come. I checked Gina’s debut novel, Digging up Death, on Amazon, and found that, indeed, there were a few less-than-stellar reviews, but some good ones as well. I finished Gina’s book, which doesn’t happen too often with me any more, so I gave it a good review. For every five new novels I start, I probably give up on three after one or two chapters. …