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Feb.06.2013
The Next Big Thing Blog Hop is a viral campaign to help bring awareness to writers and their works in progress and hopefully guide new fans to their work. My friend Linda McCabe answered these same ten questions about her forthcoming novel Fate of the Saracen Knight: volume two in the Bradamante...
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Dec.10.2012
It had been a bad year for Santa.             The elves were on strike, there was no snow, the reindeer were more interested in games than work. And Mrs. Claus was on Santa’s case: “No one appreciates you, dear. You should just retire. The...
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Nov.28.2012
A REPUBLICAN FABLE           “Mother,” said fourth-grade Johnny, “may I please have five-dollars to buy some candy?”           “What happened to the five-dollar allowance I give you every Friday night?”...
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May.06.2012
STOP! STOP! STOP! (This blog is the text of a speech given as part of a panel discussion on ebooks for the California Writers’ Club Redwood Chapter’s “Next Step” Conference, April 27-28 2012. Also on the panel were Scott James, Robert Digitale, and Mark Coker.)   Okay, a man walks into a bar...
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Dec.21.2011
It had been a bad year for Santa.               The elves were on strike, there was no snow, the reindeer were more interested in games than work. And Mrs. Claus was on Santa’s case: “No one appreciates you, dear. You should just retire....
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Dec.12.2011
A Terribly Filthy Little Jokebook
Amazon.com is at it again.   Trying to expand their digital dominance with KDP Select. What is it?  In a nutshell: When you make any of your titles exclusive to the Kindle Store for at least 90 days, those with US rights will automatically be included in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library...
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Dec.02.2011
High Steaks by Rob Louughran 2002 New Mystery Award Winner
I cleaned my office this week.               I found four copies of Beowulf, a dusty and almost empty bottle of Christian Brothers Brandy, and this article which was written for Runner’s World’s “Finish Line”: personal essays published on...
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Dec.01.2011
THE SMARTEST KID IN PETALUMA
Although I’m a self-proclaimed “E-BOOK BOOKIE” I must confess that I’ve only read five books on my Kindle. (Richard II, Lysistrata, The Art of War, Aesop’s Fables, and Richard Stark’s bleak and violent heist novel The Score.)    I much prefer the heft and feel and convenience (yes,...
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Nov.28.2011
High Steaks by Rob Louughran 2002 New Mystery Award Winner
Not time for only sex; but for all those things we are obligated to do on a regular basis: job, family, exercise, finances, changing the catbox. I just used SEX in the title to get your attention.   The first step in writing your novel is to realize no one but you can write it. A writing...
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Nov.21.2011
"High Steaks" by Rob Loughran: 2002 New Mystery Award Winner
Dreams do come true.           After hard work, persistence, and a little luck your book will be published—it happens to, literally, several thousand authors a year.  There are, according to the Book Industry Study Group nearly 400 new books...
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Nov.18.2011
High Steaks by Rob Louughran 2002 New Mystery Award Winner
The secret to writing success? What is it? We already possess it. We use it daily, and, in most aspects of our lives, have honed it to a scalpel’s keenness. Is it creativity? No, creative people rarely have time to sit down at a keyboard, as they are too busy feng shui-ing their way through the...
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Nov.12.2011
I received, ironically (or perhaps fittingly) a bad review (One Star, but at least she finished it...that’s a good thing) and the best recommendation for Teenaged Pussies From Outer Space: A Love Story within hours of each other. The bad review was accurate. The book is filthy and silly and...
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Oct.25.2011
Tantric Zoo: A Bud Warhol Mystery by Rob Loughran
There is a thoughtful and circumspect comparison of Traditional vs. Ebook/POD publishing at : http://kriswrites.com/2011/10/19/the-business-rusch-respect/   I commented on Kristine's post immediately (as soon as I saw it) and honestly. Ms. Rusch is a gifted writer and editor and her post is...
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Oct.19.2011
"Tantric Zoo: A Bud Warhol Mystery" by Rob Loughran
I’ve been writing query letters for three weeks.   I found a shitload of online reviewers at several sites. They review anything and everything from GLBT Vegan Cookbooks to YA Christian Vampire/Slasher Porn (I’m joking yawl, please don’t take offense...) If you need to garner some reviews to...
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Oct.04.2011
FAMOUS by Naomi Shibab Nye     The river is famous to the fish.            The loud voice is famous to silence, which knew it would inherit the earth before anybody said so.   The cat sleeping on the fence is famous to the birds...
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