November 26, 2019

This is a question that comes to my inbox on a weekly basis. An enthusiastic author will send over their manuscript and besides asking for an editing quote, they inquire as to whether or not their story is marketable. “Will my story sell? Will an agent or publisher pic...

November 12, 2019

Writers, whether novice or seasoned, need and use an arsenal of material while crafting their words into a novel or book. Today, using any reference is only a click of the mouse away. Most all writing software, Word, Scrivener, and a host of others, all have built-in s...

June 7, 2019

In the late 1990s, I was researching my father’s side of the family. My grandfather’s grandparents on his mother’s side were Augustus and Elvira (Baldwin) Bodwell. The Bodwell family is well documented, tracing back to the late 1500s. In my direct lineage, there is an...

December 20, 2017

I write for money.

“You should write for the love of writing, not for money.” This is a saying amongst writers. To say you write for money seems to cast a dark cloud over you. This has always puzzled me. Why can’t we write for money? Why do we have to do it just for the...

December 6, 2017

Since 1999, November has been known to writers as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and once again it has come and gone. According to the National Novel Writing Month website (nanowrimo.org), 384,126 writers took up the challenge in 2016 (stats for 2017 not avai...

November 22, 2017

Back in the 1990s I belonged to a writing group which was open to the public. This was not a closed group or tight-knit click of friends. These were strangers, sometimes numbering 30 other times 12, ready and eager to share their writing and critique yours.

We met month...

November 27, 2016

Famous Author Charles M. Schultz Responds

Today would have marked Charles M. Schultz’s 94th birthday. As I’m sure everyone knows (or at least should know) he was the creator of The Peanuts,

a comic strip featuring the humble, hard-luck character Charlie Brown and his dog...

November 6, 2016

Vintage Freelancer: A Look at the Freelance Writer’s Life 100 Years Ago

Today, freelancers have it a lot easier than they did 100 years ago. The biggest advantage to writers now is time. Living in the so-called information age, the high-tech world where everything is at...

September 23, 2016

Last month I had the pleasure of spending some time in one of my favorite spots – Block Island, RI. One of my “must visits” while I’m there is the Southeast Lighthouse. Early in the morning, I’m alone except one lone jogger passing by, there is a slight breeze coming a...

March 14, 2016

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association (www.floridapublishersassociation.com) held their Spring Conference: Publishing University 2016 in Orlando. I had the pleasure of traveling with my business partner, Patti Brassard Jefferson (owner of www.pjboox.com) and J...

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