Rule #3: An unwritten manuscript gathers no rejection slips… but it sure as hell won’t get published either.

To write, or not to write...

I’ll level with you, I am irrationally afraid of failure.  And I suspect I’m not the only one. 

In Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, he states, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”  And oh man, I can relate.  'Cuz I am a top-notch, arrogant, cocky, type-A, scaredy cat.

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Rule #2: Authors spring forth from the womb, gilded fountain pen in hand… Or not. ‘Cuz you know what? They tell lies for a living.

Wanted: Creator of worlds

Many established authors seem to want us to believe that they've been imbued with the singular ambition of becoming a writer since birth, and that they've been regaling their friends and family with tales of magical rainbow-eating unicorns, or high-flying space aliens from Alpha Centauri, since before they could hold a pen (or an iPad).

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Rule #1: Authors' names are cool… And when they’re not, they invent new ones

Want to know my secret identity?

Have you ever noticed that there are some authors out there with some pretty kick-ass names? Like Robert J. Sawyer… I mean that just SCREAMS “author” to me. Not sure if it’s the use of the middle initial or the overall cadence but that’s just pure author-name-bliss really.

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