Unfair to Authors

Posted On Aug 6 2014 by

One of my favorite phrases is “that’s unfair.” We all used it when we were kids, usually applying to a lack of TV watching time past midnight. Now I hear it bandied about in self-publishing circlels, as if that is the key to our lack of sales or super-stardom. And I’ll answer it the same way my father responded to me when I lamented over the unfairness of his dictatorial rules: No, it’s not fair, it’s life. Too simplistic? Possibly. True? Definately. The word “fair” does not apply to love, war, or business. We are here for one reason: to …


One More Hurdle

Posted On Feb 18 2013 by

There comes a point when every writer has gotten very good at his craft, but still not perfect. When I say perfect, of course, I mean you’ve reached the point that a publisher reads past the first paragraph and says “Maybe we’ll give this one a shot.” In the publishing world, that’s about as good as a newbie can hope for. But you’re not quite there yet. You’ve been beating the keyboard for much longer than you care to admit and begin to wonder if maybe you should spend that extra two hours every night serving Big Macs. At least …