Apr 18, 2012
Writing The Truth Is Harder Than You Think
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Writing The Truth Is Harder Than You Think

Like Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n Roll, the words truth, gossip, and rumor captivate reader’s and writer’s minds as if engaged in a strong addiction. Gossip and rumors, they can be the driving forces of stories. I’ve said this before, but almost everyone will...
Apr 11, 2012
Too Busy To Write, or Do Anything: Thoughts On My Publisher Life
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Too Busy To Write, or Do Anything: Thoughts On My Publisher Life

How many of you are just like me? You are constantly attempting to catch up all the time. You have a list of things to do that you wish you did not have to do, a list of things you know you have to...
Mar 19, 2012
Breaking The Silence and Sharing Your Words With Others
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Breaking The Silence and Sharing Your Words With Others

What seems like much more than twelve years ago I penned the following sentence to a book I ended up writing entitled The Tin Prayer: Words of the Wolverine. “Each morning I reach into the earth and pinch a small amount of always constant...
Feb 15, 2012
The Simple, Yet All-Powerful Phrase, “Once Upon A Time”
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The Simple, Yet All-Powerful Phrase, “Once Upon A Time”

Is there a more powerful set of words than, “Once upon a time,” or, “In a land far, far away”, or maybe, “On a dark and stormy night?” What are all these? Each of them excite and trigger in each of us the anticipation...
Jan 16, 2012
Do You Really Have A Good Idea For A Book?
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Do You Really Have A Good Idea For A Book?

I receive lots and lots of queries and even more face-to-face questions regarding the idea of what makes a good book. People want to know if I’ll accept their book idea for publication. Sometimes I even wonder myself: how do I know what is...
Dec 08, 2011
I Might Become President: Doing Creative Work For People Is Good
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I Might Become President: Doing Creative Work For People Is Good

I Might Become President: Doing Creative Work For People Is Good In this day and age of the internet the cutting-edge business community spouts off constantly about the value of what you can give away for free. There is much ado about something regarding...
Dec 01, 2011
Writing, Publishing, Creativity, and Thanksgiving
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Writing, Publishing, Creativity, and Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving rolls around this year I am thinking about a talk I just gave to a group of writers. I was telling them about my decisions and struggles to become a writer myself, the efforts to write during breaks at work, the need...
Nov 04, 2011
Exploring the Concept of Local Again: Why It Means Next To Nothing Most of the Time
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Exploring the Concept of Local Again: Why It Means Next To Nothing Most of the Time

Buy local, support local, go local, shop locally… these campaigns have all the potential in the world, but they are normally thin and lack much thought. They sound encouraging and many people see the “local” aspect and believe that just going to a farmer’s...
Nov 04, 2011
Imagined Success, Real Success and Commitment To Your Own Business
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Imagined Success, Real Success and Commitment To Your Own Business

If you had asked me ten years ago would I still be in business as an independent book publisher I would have laughed and said, “No.” But I wouldn’t have meant it. I am determined to do what I care about and it would...
Oct 11, 2011
Author Events: What We Still Have Left To Offer
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Author Events: What We Still Have Left To Offer

There is a part of writing and publishing that is entirely dependent on audience engagement. Like the tree that makes no noise if no one is there to hear it: that is, no writing is heard if no one is there to read it....