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...

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...

Mary Beth Keane doesn't write books, she creates illusion with words. Fever, a historical drama about Mary Mallon (aka Typhoid Mary) is pure magic.

I received a query from a nice lady the other day seeking general advice and thought that others who are just starting down the publishing road might find my answer useful. As follows...modified a little for blog purposes.

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...

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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