Pen-wielder with a license to thrill

5-Day Novel Draft Challenge Accepted

The Grueling 5-Day Novel Challenge


I’m behind on my writing goals, but I think I have the answer: finish the manuscript draft with a 5-day novel challenge.

Readers Judge Books by Their Covers

My Book Cover is in Progress… What will it be?


My book cover is in progress, and I’ve been corresponding with my cover designer, Bookfly Design, over the past week.  Last night, Kira said they’re set. Now I feel like a kid the week before Christmas… the anticipation is killing me.  

How to Make Your Back Cover Copy Brilliant

How to Make Your Cover Copy Brilliant with 6 Simple Statements


Keep in mind that the back cover copy is essential to successfully promoting your book.  It’s likely the second thing, after the cover, a potential reader will look at when they are deciding whether or not to purchase/read your book.  For that reason, it’s important to cater to readers’ expectations and give them a reason […]

Why I'm Writing and Self-Publishing this Book

Why I’m Writing and Self-Publishing this Book


Ideas find us; we don’t find them. Before my son was born, I had an idea for a novel. Like most reasonable people, I ignored it.  Since it won’t leave me alone, I have to write and self-publish Oz and the Fury.