Camera shy in the age of social media? Tips!

Most of my writer pals step up to smile at the camera’s unblinking eye. God bless ’em. I sure have a terrible time doing it. Maybe it’s a holdover from my old job? Then … Back in the day, I worked for a daily newspaper. Although I was a General...

Book Expo America Survival Tips

BEA is the annual publishing industry trade show, usually held in New York, NY, but will reportedly move to Chicago for 2016. (Ed. Note: When I wrote the first draft of this post, BEA Chicago was slated for 2015, so details can change.) Publishers and organizations...

Writing in Mark Twain’s Library

Twain House tour guides tell us Sam Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, made up stories on the fly for his three daughters in the glow of his library’s hearth. His young audience expected each story to feature items displayed on the mantel,...

Showing a library some love from Sisters in Crime

A couple of writer pals and I felt like Oprah for a morning. We helped a local library celebrate winning a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime. The Levi E. Coe Library of Middlefield, CT, won a monthly drawing Sisters in Crime holds as part of its “We Love...

Learning from Reality TV: “Face Off”

I love to watch “Face Off,” the Syfy channel’s reality show featuring make-up artists competing to take their careers to the next level. Every week, competitors receive a crazy tight deadline to create a fantasy character according to the...

A poem in TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS

My poem “At the Rail” is included in a fine arts photography book.   TRACK LIFE: IMAGES AND WORDS by Juliet Harrison features her dramatic racing images along with text written by selected turf writers, racing insiders and enthusiastic railbirds like...

Retrieving a Piece of My Heart

My original plan was to keep this blog horse-free. Then, NYT best-selling and award-winning author C.J. Lyons called me out on it.   Branding isn’t just for livestock In publishing, numbers speak volumes. Sales for books featuring horses tend to run low....

How to get on the radio

You’re an author at an event. You see someone wearing a headset, perhaps with a microphone, sitting off to the side with some boxy electronic equipment with dials or slides. That person may be a radio announcer, especially if he or she has media credentials. He...

My not-so-secret blogging weapon – Updated!

If you’re having technical trouble with your blog, have you thought about hiring a hiring a blog technical support person? True confessions time: I don’t do every bit of the work on my blogs. Sure, I write posts, re-size photos, hunt up stories and videos,...