Florida Writers Association Went MAD

I am proud of the work my buddy (and writer of entertaining cozy mysteries) Elaine Braman Senecal and I did to create a bright new website for the Florida Writers Association. We just launched it. Check it out. What does your website say … Read More

On My Mind
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Several articles about the relationship we have with our minds drew my attention this week. 1. Sion Dayson, who some of you will remember from her “Getting Unstuck” workshop here, wrote a beautiful piece about her stay at Kerouac House. “My … Read More

Florida Book Awards Call for Entries

The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its ninth annual competition with a call to writers for entries in nine categories. Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and … Read More

Your Author Website Needs a Compelling ‘About’ Page

Did you know that your “About” page is probably the most frequently visited page on your website? Check your analytics. You may be surprised. Is your About page as compelling as the rest of your site? Or is it ordinary, … Read More

Top Books for Writers

As you can see, the shelves in my office are overflowing with books about writing. They are some of the tools of my trade as a writer, editor, and website designer, and I keep them alongside antique carpentry tools that … Read More

Email Marketing More Effective than Social Media

Yes, it’s true. Contrary to what social media sites would like you to believe, email is still more effective than social media for promotion that leads to sales. Data collected across industries confirm this. A survey conducted by Custora, a … Read More

How To Be Alone

A beautiful meditation on being comfortable with being alone, the practice every writer must cultivate.

Beliefs About Writing

Several years ago, I created a list of my beliefs about writing. We hold beliefs that affect our writing, whether we are conscious of those beliefs or not. Some beliefs hinder us and some help. I created the list so … Read More

First Lines

“Every writer understands the importance of drawing readers in from the very first sentence—but how do you do that? As this sampling of first lines of first nonfiction books shows, there are as many possible approaches as there are stories … Read More

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