My NaNoWriMo Tips for you…

If you are participating in National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a., NaNoWriMo) I welcome you can go to my blog and read my daily tips, to be posted throughout November. Writing novels is a solitary endeavor. It is as much frustrating as it is rewarding— Which are why tips from other established writers are always welcomed. I hope myContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tips for you…”

Author Provocateur: Brad Thor Interview

I had the great honor of interviewing thriller master Brad Thor about his latest novel, BACKLASH, his nineteenth novel whose protagonist, former Navy SEAL Scot Harvath, is the iconic Covert Ops bad-ass fixer. This particular book is a perfect storm of loss, grief, spy games, and epic journey home. Not to mention a pack of hungry wolves.Continue reading “Author Provocateur: Brad Thor Interview”

Debra Webb’s THE SECRETS WE BURY – Author Provocateur Podcast

  Today’s guest is the prolific suspense novelist Debra Webb, a USA-Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author with over one hundred and fifty books to her name. Debra’s latest novel, THE SECRETS WE BURY, is the first in a new romantic suspense series whose protagonist, Dr. Rowan Dupont—formally Nashville Police Department’s forensic psychologist—also happens toContinue reading “Debra Webb’s THE SECRETS WE BURY – Author Provocateur Podcast”

James Rollins – CRUCIBLE

In CRUCIBLE, the Spanish Inquisition is the catalyst for a religious cult’s modern-day witch hunt in the not-too-distant-future. Fair warning: should the events depicted in this novel come to pass and scientists soon develop an artificial intelligence capable of warp-speed learning capacity, fact will be much scarier than fiction.

David Baldacci – Long Road to Mercy

  CLICK PHOTO TO LISTEN… According to internationally bestselling author David Baldacci, when you’ve written as many books as he has—ten series, or a total of thirty books, and counting; and another twelve stand-alone novels—there is one way to keep his writing razor-sharp: “Start from Square One: create a new character, a new series—a newContinue reading “David Baldacci – Long Road to Mercy”

Lee Child – PAST TENSE

The iconic loner anti-hero, Jack Reacher, has made thriller writer Lee Child an internationally renowned author. Child’s debut novel, Killing Floor—the first of 23 Reach books—won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery. The 9th novel, THE ENEMY, won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel and becameContinue reading “Lee Child – PAST TENSE”

The meal comes after you bait the hook.

Sometimes an analogy is needed to make a point. In this case, while talking about the return on a promotional investment, my very bright partner, Martin Brown, pointed out that while funds we'd put toward promoting a particular book (the worm) may have not gotten it in the hands of as many readers (the fish)Continue reading “The meal comes after you bait the hook.”

Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish

Most authors walk a financial tightrope.  Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes,  Publishers Weekly put it this way:   Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned forContinue reading “Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish”

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Novelist

(c) 2005 Alex Steuart Williams  (FLIP) and Erica Rothschild   I'm being serious. Okay, here goes: 1. "I'd write, too, but I can't stand the thought of all the trees I'd be killing."  Yes, I've heard this one. My response back then was, "Don't worry. You won't sell enough books to raze a sapling, becauseContinue reading “10 Things You Should Never Say to a Novelist”

My NaNoWriMo Tips!

A tip a day keeps you scribblin' away. Okay, not exactly a great line, but it gets the point across. And as my tips say here, "I'll edit on the back end." And so will you–but first things first Every day through November, I've been supporting those participating in National Novel Writing Month by launching posts on creativeContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tips!”

Join me at Pitchfest!

Hey, if it happened to F. Scott Fitzgerald, it can happen to you. One of America's most celebrated authors died penniless, his greatest opus, The Great Gatsby, nearly forgotten… Except by Hollywood. Since his death, his book,  has been adapted for the screen an extraordinary five times. It's also been an opera, a ballet, aContinue reading “Join me at Pitchfest!”

Squeeee! Want a free sneak peek of the cover for HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S VACATION TO DIE FOR?

Okay, here it is. And here's the deets on the fine mess Donna and Jack will be getting into: The Housewife Assassin's Vacation to Die For(Book 5)   In Online Bookstores August 2, 2013 A nude sunbathing serial killer, rabid (literally) eco-terrorists, mafia hit men…Talk about a fantasy (nightmare?) island! Breck Industry's former getaway, Misfit Quay, asContinue reading “Squeeee! Want a free sneak peek of the cover for HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S VACATION TO DIE FOR?”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Follow my motto, “Last author standing.”

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #30, for Friday, the 30th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #30: Follow my motto, “Last author standing.””

My NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Your character said WHAT???

It’s NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I’ll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here’s Tip #28, for Wednesday, the 28th… The previous day’s post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day’sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #28: Your character said WHAT???”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Bad query letter. (Just sayin’.)

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #27, for Tuesday, the 27th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #27: Bad query letter. (Just sayin’.)”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #26: How to get an agent.

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #26, for Monday, the 26th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #26: How to get an agent.”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #25: Why, and when,authors need an agent.

  It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #25, for Sunday, the 25th…   Here's to your success as an author, — Josie Brown    

My NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Why your phrasing is important!

  It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #24, for Saturday, the 24th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previousContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Why your phrasing is important!”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Make sure your plot isn’t half-baked!

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #23, for Friday, the 23th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #23: Make sure your plot isn’t half-baked!”

My NaNoWriMo Tip #22: No, Your manuscript is NOT a turkey…if you…

It's NaNoWriMo Month! (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated…) For those of you who have begun writing your first book, every day I'll repost my fave creative writing tips here, just for you. Here's Tip #22, for Thursday, the 22th… The previous day's post can be accessed on this page, too. The previous day'sContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tip #22: No, Your manuscript is NOT a turkey…if you…”

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