Prepare Your Manuscript for Feedback and Editing: Keep It Simple!

A well-prepared manuscript will improve the feedback and editing stages that come next. A clean, simple format makes it easier for friends, colleagues, workshop participants, editors, and agents to read it, understand it, and offer feedback that helps you improve the content in meaningful ways. You may be working on a book, but…

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A Passion for Planning: Nine Things I Wish I Knew Before Making My First Book

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This quick-start guide to the world of self-publishing will get you up and running on your first book! It helps you answer the most important questions and make decisions that lead to a successful self-publishing project. In just nine short chapters, this easy read will demystify ideas about writing, marketing, budgeting, and choosing a platform to distribute your book.

By focusing on what you need to plan from the beginning, you will keep your costs down, avoid common mistakes, and nurture the passion that got you thinking about a book in the first place! A Passion for Planning is an indispensable guide to all the things you don’t yet know—but need to!

Now Available on Kindle for $9.95

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The Effective Author: Is the Right Answer Crippling You?

Many of us learned all about The Right Answer in school; but is the quest for the single Right Answer now crippling you? Especially for authors writing a book or a series, I invite you to consider how much your work has been delayed by waiting until you get the single Right Answer to questions of genre, character/s, time frame, plot, and the decision to have a series or not.

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Vocabulary Words 2016

When I was in sixth grade reading Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, my teacher advised keeping a dictionary handy to look up every word I didn’t know, and then write them down. It’s a useful practice for expanding your vocabulary, and I needed to do it again in 2016. Between Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories, discussions at writers’ workshops, and a stack of books on science, writing, and politics, I was reaching for the dictionary all summer long. Here’s a list compiled from last year’s journal, including a few words I was pretty sure I knew but researched anyway to be certain I could use correctly.

Vocabulary Words 2016

Obviate: remove (a need or difficulty); avoid or prevent.

Insalubrious: unhealthy (climate or location)

Elocution: expressive and well-articulated speech

Post-structuralism: the idea that studying and understanding an object requires also studying the knowledge systems that produce it

Third-person Subjective: a narrative point of view that includes thoughts and feelings of characters

Universal Omniscient: a narrative point of view that reveals information the characters do not have

Intrusive Narrator: omniscient narrative point of view which includes essays or comments on the action and characters

Arbalest: powerful medieval crossbow with a steel bow, designed to shoot stones, arrows, and metal balls

Pennon: distinctive flag, once borne on a knight’s lance

Lambent: softly radiant; brilliantly playful; running or moving over a surface

Littoral: related to a shore of a lake, sea, or ocean

Stolid: not easily stirred or moved mentally; unresponsive; unemotional. (as a noun: stolidity)

Slavering: slobbering; letting saliva run from the mouth

Satrap: governor of a province (ancient Persian monarchy)

Alacrity: cheerful readiness; lively, brisk, and willing

Sward: grassy surface of land; turf

Cuspidor: spittoon

Whorls: pattern of spirals or concentric circles

Castellated: built like a castle, especially with turrets and battlements

Tenebrous: gloomy

Cenotaph: empty tomb or a monument to someone whose remains are interred elsewhere

Demesne: all land kept and managed by a lord of a manor for his own use and support, as opposed to land leased to tenants (feudal system)

Indigent: poor; destitute; impoverished

Jejune: vapid; insipid

now in print: the problems of politcal appointees in federal government

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This Kindle-only release comes from my graduate coursework in public administration. It examines the detrimental social and political effects of the federal government’s current system of staffing top leadership positions in its agencies with political appointees rather than career administrators. It summarizes historical causes  of this approach to leadership, and concludes by proposing a comprehensive way to reform the system.

Available on Kindle for $3.95 USD.