3 Tips From Nonfiction To Make You a Better Writer

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction because I've been writing a lot of nonfiction. I have a two nonfiction books coming out in quick succession, so I've been in a nonfiction frame of mind. ...more
Thanks for the tips. I am writing my first non-fiction and I like the part about 'Hook With an ...more

How to Know When to Query Literary Agents & Editors

Maybe you've written a few chapters and they're fantastic. Or you have this great idea for a nonfiction book, and you want a deal in hand as soon as possible because you've got a conference talk lined up in a few months. Slow down, take a deep breath, and let's talk about this. How do you know when you're ready to query? ...more
KellyBerdine It's going to be different for each book and different depending upon what else ...more

On BS: A Short Book Review

November 28, 2014One of my favorite books is On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt. It’s a small book, written in 2005.  The author is not someone you might expect....more

The Blurred Lines between Fact and Fiction

I got the text when I was an hour away from a remote part of West Texas, where I would be without an internet connection for five days: DON'T PUBLISH THAT POST. ...more

Book Review: “Make Him Beg to Be Your Boyfriend in 6 Simple Steps” by Michael Fiore

“Make Him Beg to Be Your Boyfriend in 6 Simple Steps” by Michael Fiore is a Self Help dating book for women. (Actually, the cover says, “A Special Report.”) This book gives specific instructions on how to hook a guy and make him a boyfriend....more

Vanessa Williams: What It's Like to Be Stuck in the News

Every so often a story hits the news and won't go away. It stays in the news cycle for weeks and as much as you may try to ignore it you can't. Have you ever wondered what it's like to be in on the inside if such a story? How the people involved got there and what they thought? Vanessa and Helen Williams know just what it's like and spill all in their new book, You Have No Idea. ...more
@Mothering4Money I did get it for Lee for Mother's Day and she loved it! Thanks for the ...more

On Writing Fiction - 100 Words x 2 + Questions

Résumé: Letters and notes, e-mail messages, newspaper articles, poetry, blog posts and comments, business proposals, promotional material, journal entries, essays, and, when this exercise is complete, 100 words. All non-fiction. I seem to have a mental block when it comes to writing fiction, and in fact have written nothing that wasn't truth (or based on truth) since creative writing assignments in high school. Ancient history. ...more

Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Books for Booklovers

Nothing makes a booklover's heart patter more than unwrapping a book... unless it's a stack of books. If the booklover in your life is anything like me, they rarely get books as gifts. I've never been sure if it's because people aren't sure what books to buy us or if they've decided we have enough books already, but I'm always thrilled when people give me a book as a gift. Here are some suggestions for titles that booklovers would be happy to unwrap this holiday season. ...more
Thanks for the list. Several titles sound interesting, including Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. ...more