HARDBACKS, BROKEN SPINES,

& DUSTY COVERS
a blog about books, writing, and publishing

As I was reading, I came across this sentence: "It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern...." Thinking this was simply a glitch in the software, I ignored the intrusive word and continued reading. Some pages later I encountered the...

In truth, the pirate community is filled with some of the best, most friendly people I’ve ever met. At this point I’ve made numerous acquaintances and several real (not just Facebook-type) friends. So, it is only natural that I eventually reached the point where, if I...

There are two stories I often tell about my experiences with literary agents that end with the same punch line. They go like this… Agent 1: I’ve read your sample chapters. I think you write just like John Grisham. Me: Thank you! Agent 2: I’ve read your sample chapter...

About 25 years ago, I began my first novel, Aphrodite’s Whisper. I mainly wrote at night after the kids went to bed and on the weekends. It took more than four years to complete and, when done, I was quite proud. After about a month of sending letters to agents (tha...

November 20, 2017

“You are a writer. The ‘normal’ ship sailed without you long ago.” Terri Main I’ve neglected my blog these past weeks because I’m deep into writing. Re-writing, to be more precise. You see, I have a book I wrote 20 years ago that never made it to publication. It’s...

January 24, 2017

A short blog update on the progress of the novel, Black Hearts|White Bones.

January 18, 2017

What better way to start a blog about books, writing, and publishing than to steal the opening line from the original Star Trek and spit in the face of convention by daring to split an infinitive?  (OK, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of infinity but this is the...

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