Working With a Book Publicist

Five thousand.  That’s a good estimate of the number of books hitting the market every single day!  The advent of the e-book and the ease of self-publishing have resulted in explosive growth in the number of new books available to readers.  So how do you ensure your book breaks the noise level?  One way is […]

Editing & Editors

When I first started working with traditional publisher Lake Union Publishing in May, my project editor Miriam Juskowicz explained the steps through which my book, BERLIN CALLING, would proceed on its way to publication. One of those steps, arguably the most crucial, was the developmental process.
Keep in mind that up until this point, I’ve been […]

Old Favorites

I enjoy old movies.  A fun night for me is to park myself in front of the TV, tune in to TCM and enjoy two uninterrupted hours of old-fashioned movie magic.  Netflix, Amazon, Apple and other outlets offer classic movies as well.  My favorite classic movie is Casablanca.  It features a magnificent cast, witty dialogue […]

The Production Code

It may be the single most famous line in movie history:

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

And yet, Rhett Butler’s iconic farewell to Scarlet O’Hara at the end of Gone With the Wind was in violation of the motion picture Production Code, a rule book of do’s and don’ts adopted by the film industry […]

Write, Rewrite, Repeat

Remember the movie “Amadeus” about the 18th-century composer Mozart?  There’s a phenomenal scene in which Mozart’s rival, Salieri, portrayed by Oscar-winner Murray Abraham, scrutinizes one of Mozart’s draft scores.  Salieri’s face assumes a look of incredulity as he realizes that the immature, obnoxious Mozart has written a masterpiece in his first pass—there is not a […]

Great Writing

Great writing comes in many varieties. Here’s an example that seems particularly appropriate for today.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among […]

A Week of Book Publishing Deals and Book Publicists

It was a really interesting week.  I signed on to work with book publicist Natalie Obando of Do Good PR whom i found because she had worked on another writing colleague’s campaign.  Natalie is a source of great knowledge and provides her clients with sound advice gleaned from working with many authors to promote their work.  […]

Keeping Score

Writing is a great hobby. I enjoy the research which precedes writing and I like the actual process of pounding the keys on my laptop and assembling words in order to tell a story. While writing isn’t a hobby like golf or tennis where a match ends with a score and a winner, I still […]

Best Man

When I got married, 24 years ten months and 30 days ago, my best man stood by my side. That was nothing new; he’d been at my side since I was born.
I’ve made some really great decisions in my life (along with some pretty lousy ones), but none has turned out better than choosing Harry […]

Why I Write — Part 2

Have you ever heard of Bill Donovan? How about Mildred Gillars? Robert Jackson? Jimmy Byrnes? Each is a real person who influenced affairs and who also influenced my books—yet is little remembered today.
Bill Donovan, also known as “Wild Bill,” was a football star at Columbia University just after the turn of the 20th Century. He earned a […]