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The day has finally arrived when I can say, “I have an agent!” —but not just any agent, mind you—the awesome and talented MacKenzie Fraser-Bub of New York’s Trident Media Group. Now when the phone rings and I jokingly say to my wife, “That might be my agent,” I won’t be joking. That doesn’t mean,...
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So far, this year has been full of surprises. Not all good surprises, but I’m only going to talk about the good ones because I’m a “glass half-full” kind of guy. Let me start with the manuscript of a book called PRIMORDIAL that I finished writing nearly six months ago. I had already moved on to a...
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Like most people, I always seem to have a lot going on in my life−more than some, less than others. But what helps is my lifelong Attention Deficit Disorder, or what I like to think of as the ability to be interested in many things at once. Let me give you a run-down.  My fourth book, a...
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I have always been interested in the “behind the scenes” aspect of the publishing world. I like to know the hows and the whys of everything, so I suppose I’m doing a bit of projecting when I assume that readers feel the same way. So here goes nothing. Or something. I have never had an agent. Every...
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If you are like me, and most writers are in this respect, it really bugs you to see documents, newspapers, books, signs or anything with misspelled words, misused or unused punctuation, or bad grammar. But I’ll be the first to admit: as I get older, my spelling and grammar skills seem to get worser...
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Plot lines don’t mean squat without memorable characters. Characters don’t even really have to be people. Seriously, they can be machines, aliens, animals, plants, whatever. But if they don’t drive the story, then they aren’t doing their job, and they might as well not even be there. I’ve read...
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I found that there were a few rules for writing THE GOD PARTICLE, a young adult sci-fi thriller, that don’t always apply to writing adult thrillers.   For one thing, they say (they being young adult writing experts), that you should establish the age of the protagonist right away so young...
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In his book ON WRITING, Stephen King said, “Do the research, but don’t overdo it for the reader.” Writers like me should probably take that to heart. But it’s tough, because I love to make things real. In my last book, LILITH, I wanted the reader to feel like they were there on the USS Gerald R....
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I’ve done the self-publishing thing, if for no other reason than to say, “I did it.” It was not my first book, however. DIABLERO, a supernatural thriller that featured a resurrected, demon-possessed Blackbeard the Pirate, was published first in paperback by Nightbird Publishing in 2010 and then by...
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