Planning my blog tour—Part Two

April 30, 2014

In a previous post, I had provided some useful tips gleaned from articles about planning a blog tour. While I am still researching more information and soliciting advice from those who host as well as those who tour, I thought I would use this post as a kind of “where I am at right now” […]

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Planning my blog tour—Part One

April 20, 2014

I can’t believe it’s already time to start the planning process for the TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER blog tour. While my short fiction collection isn’t scheduled for release until August, I’m already in the process of making a list (and checking it twice!) of blogs that are interested in promoting fiction authors. There are some […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Becky Tuch

April 15, 2014

Becky Tuch does a lot of this and a lot of that—and all of it in the field of creative arts. She’s a writer, editor, creative writing instructor and, in her words, a “dabbler in visual art” whose fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art and literature reviews have appeared in numerous literary and commercial magazines. But […]

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Here an edit, there an edit

April 8, 2014

I’ve written about the editing process before, for my TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER collection and for my two short fiction e-books, ANNABELLE and ALICE IN WONDERLAND. One would think that, after having been writing for years (and years and years!), the number of errors and redundancies and cliches would be all but eliminated. But as […]

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You can’t tell a book by its cover… or can you?

March 25, 2014

They say you can’t tell a book by its cover, but the reality is, a book cover visually provides readers with a certain expectation of content. That’s the challenge authors and publishers face when choosing artwork for a book: getting the cover and content to match. Even in these days of e-books, image matters. Present […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Michael Pacheco

March 18, 2014

One of the best parts of interviewing short story writers for “Short Takes” is having them share how their life experiences have influenced their work—such as in this interview with Michael Pacheco, whose rich and varied life has undoubtedly shaped his writing. Mexican by birth, his family moved to the US when he was a […]

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The hosts for my cover reveal virtual party!

March 6, 2014

Bloggers are wonderful people! Not only do they provide lots of fantastic information, they also support writers in so many ways: doing book reviews, posting interviews and hosting blog tours.

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Being a writing competition judge

March 4, 2014

A few weeks ago, I received an email, asking me if I’d like to be a judge for NYC Midnight’s 8th Annual Short Story Challenge. I was flattered and honored (and who wouldn’t be when the person sending the invite said the organization was “impressed with the short fiction that you’ve had published” and would […]

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February 19, 2014

If you’ve been following my posts here and at The Writer’s Place, you know that this year (August, to be specific) my short fiction collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER, will be released by Pixel Hall Press. In print and e-book formats! Woo hoo! (Picture me jumping up and down for joy!) It has been a […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Kate Baggott

February 18, 2014

For this month’s “Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers,” we’re heading north of the border to Canada for an e-visit with Kate Baggott, who recently returned there after living abroad for many years. Kate is the author of the short story collection Love from Planet Wine Cooler,  but her work ranges from creative nonfiction […]

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