Coincidentally, today’s the day I received a review of In This Love Together – Love, Failing Limbs and Cancer. When you’re writing about things as intimate as a marriage, inseminated deeply with love, you’re never sure if you see the width and breadth of the forest for at least one of the trees comprising […]Read More Kirkus Speaks About Intimate Things
My World War II novel – or I should call it more accurately a fictional biography – is out in advance copies now, and I’ve asked quite a number of friends and acquaintances to read and review the book. All seem more than willing, but some half are wringing their hands over writing a review. So what’s […]Read More Writing A Book Review, Are You?
We writers read for enjoyment, yes, but try as we might, we find ourselves sizing up the competition. At first we gain prototypes from which we learn. As we continue to grow in technique and possibly in talent, we try to fit ourselves into the panoply of writers: the famous, who make the money; the geniuses, […]Read More A Really Great Review
In this post, I finally came to grips with the way books are professionally reviewed – and why. It seems to me that this puts an onus on book bloggers to get things right. Visit my website here, and my FB Fan Page here for more on ideas and events that matter to […]Read More Do You Trust Book Reviews?
Poets & Writers, November/December 2013 Being a writer caught between the traditional and the self-pub worlds, I’m always drawn to the what-ifs of self publishing articles and advice columns. P&W seems to be aware of this changing reality, given that an annual issue appears on that subject, so I dug in to this issue – […]Read More P&W’s Slant on Self-Publishing
When the alternate-universe high of writing a book and having it published wanes, you’re left with the real world concerns of promotion and coping with reviews, whether they’re good, blah, or bad. Maybe J.R. McLemore’s approach to such things will help you navigate that emotional minefield. Oh, and this is my blog’s 1,000th post. Wow!! […]Read More Taking Comfort in Promo and Reviews & A Celebration
The Millions has been a must-read blog for me for a long time, and now I notice that their biz is growing and they need help. You might fill the bill, if you’re a “voracious reader.” The MillionsRead More Help Wanted: The Millions Needs a Curiosities and Social Media Intern Superstar