Without libraries and bookstores, how "literate" can a city really be?

The annual survey ranking America’s Most Literate Cities was released this month, evaluating the USA’s 75 largest metro areas on six criteria that foster or support literacy: level of education, libraries, booksellers, Internet resources, and circulation of newspapers and periodicals. For the first time in five years, the #1 spot was not claimed by either Seattle or Minneapolis, although those cities still scored very well. Are you fortunate enough to live in or near one of the cities that made the top ten?...more

The full circle of author and readers

Beverly Pechin wrote for Reader Views of my book Soul Moments: Times When Heaven Touches Earth (07/06):...more

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2010 introduced technology that influenced the already changing world of publishing....more

Money, here's your mouth - on getting published in 2011

Today's prompt is Achieve. The scoopage: December 28 – Achieve What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today....more

Book Promo: What NOT to Do

Google “writing forums” and set up profiles at as many of these as you can. Don’t worry if the focus is on different genres from yours –you’re giving them a chance to broaden their tastes,  the way you do when you send your collection of stories, say, to publishers who do not publish story collections.See where they ask for “occupation” in your profile?  They WANT you to promote yourself, so lie a little....more


My second multicultural literary novel, Rescuing Ranu, has been climbing up the Amazon Kindle Bestseller List in the category of mathematics research. It reached #7, and as of yesterday was hanging on at #10, so I guess it’s climbing back down again. It’s interesting to watch its brave little journey, and easier now that Amazon Author Central is making ourBookScan info available to authors who sign up for the program.....more

Writers: Don't Set Your Self-Worth By a Publisher's Opinion

When I left, I couldn't stop thinking about what she said. So many times as writers we wrap up our self-worth in every query letter or proposal we send out. Then we wait for the response and rather than just look at it as just that, a response, we use it to gauge our worth and abilities as a writer. If an editor/agent says yes, then we must be a good writer. If we get a no, then we must not be any good. ...more

Thank you for those words of encouragement. I'm a first time writer trying to find my way out ...more

Writing a Query Letter to Pitch a Novel

I recently attended a novel marketing workshop in Oregon conducted by Dean Wesley Smith, with help from Kristine Kathryn Rusch. While I had some idea about what was needed to sell a novel, honestly I was clueless....more

I was searching for something completely different on Google and somehow found this post by ...more

Why, oh why do you want to become an author?

First of all, let me tell you this - writing a novel is not simple as many of beginner authors think.As in any area in life, to achieve success one must learn, practice and have a positive attitude.Having a possitive view on life might be the most important part of the process of becoming successful in any field, as problems and obstacles arise day and night and only an unshakable character can deal with all that stuff. ...more