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January 11, 2017

As I am going over the outline for my next novel, I am thinking about creating a character who is a soon-to-be-retired FBI agent.

I am, however, woefully ignorant out what life is like for someone in that agency approaching 57, the mandatory retirement age.  How do they...

January 5, 2017

With the start of the new year, and the end of the distraction of the holidays, it’s time to get back out and sell my novel. This brings up the dilemma most writers have, whether they are self-published or trying to sell to an agent:

The traits it takes to write a novel...

December 3, 2016

I’m starting this blog post sounding like a Trump surrogate on CNN:

I can’t find the quote or the article it appeared in, but according to a friend of mine … humorist Dave Barry once said, “Libraries are socialism.” Or something like that.

The idea goes something like th...

November 25, 2016

This is a post from my old blog—www.whatifyoucouldnotfail.com. The information is dated February 2013, but it is still pertinent. I’ve edited it slightly and share it with you today.

Yesterday it was all over the news that Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo!, made a ch...

November 22, 2016

Several years ago I was sharing a chapter of Rules for Giving with a critique group. When copies of the manuscripts were passed back to me, one member of the group scrawled in the margin: “Conflict! Conflict! Conflict! I have always remembered that, so when guest blogg...

November 17, 2016

A surprise in the feedback I get from readers of Rules for Giving is those that express an affinity for minor characters in the novel. One of those characters is Aaron Higbee. Aaron is the IT manager at the advertising agency owned by the protagonist. Two women in a bo...

November 10, 2016

Had I gone the route of legacy publishing, I would be facing the same issues and challenges when it comes to marketing. From what I have read and heard, if your novel does not gain immediate traction, publishers are quick to abandon you and move onto the next big thing...

November 7, 2016

I try to carry some cash at all times. I have friends that live and die by their debit card, though. But there are times when only cash will do, and also those occasional establishments that charge you for using a debit card (something I hate to pay).  Anticipating thi...

October 31, 2016

Dropped off a copy of Rules for Giving at the Little Free Library in Laguna Beach yesterday. If you have not heard of the Little Free Library, check it out at www.littlefreelibrary.org, and check out Rules for Giving at www.RulesforGiving.com.

October 27, 2016

Met with a book club in Upland last night that chose Rules for Giving as their October read. Got rave reviews. Great bunch of ladies, too! It was interesting to get their perspective on some of the characters. Several members of the club liked Aaron Higbee, who was a m...

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