HARDBACKS, BROKEN SPINES,

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

What would Hemingway do? Write a story. About women. In the rain.

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...

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...

September 26, 2017

Anyone who aspires to write a historic novel must make a choice; will it be historically accurate or will it just be a story that takes place during a specific period and accuracy is an afterthought. To me, for historical fiction to work it must be as true to the peri...

Just a quick blog about my successful (first ever) book signing. Not ever having done such a thing I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. The signing of books, of course, is pretty much what you might imagine. But I don't think I had ever considered the impa...

July 1st will – as the title implies – start the next chapter of my writing/publishing career. Author of Black Hearts White Bones blogs about book signings.

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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