Author's Blog

Faced with Distraction . . .

For Your Information

Faced with Distraction, We Need Willpower – By John Coleman – Harvard Business Review –

Harry Potter author writing new adult novel – By Christine Kearney – Times Colonist –

Entertainment Report Claims Artists Making More than Ever – By Jon Martindale – ITProPortal –

How to Sell a Novel in Just 25 Years! – By Holly Robinson – Huffington Post –

So how much is a fair price to pay for an e-book? – By Charles Cooper – CNET News –

WestBow Press Announces Second Annual “Women of Faith” Writing Contest Finalists – By Digital Journal –

Justin Bieber to publish second book – By Times Live –

South Fla. Author of New Espionage Thriller Novel Offers $10,000 Scholarship – By Horizon Publishing – –


Quote(s) of the Day

“Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.” – Michael Crichton

“Your first draft, you write with your heart and soul; your succeeding drafts, you edit with your mind.” – ACL



Writing Contest

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest – Any type of original short story, essay or other prose is eligible – Deadline Mar 31, 2012 –




Special Tribute

The Man Who Made Publishing a High-Wire Act – By Charles McGrath – The New York Times –











Willpower Review . . .

For Your Information

1. Six Ways to Master Entrepreneurial Uncertainty – By Johnny B. Truant – copyblogger – – Very inspirational blog!

2. Six Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween – By Tafline Laylin – inhabitat – – I like the GEOtube!

3. Become the Hero of Your Writing Life – By Katie Tallo – write to done –

4. Willpower Review – By Trent – the simple dollar –

5. Top 8 Tactics to Power Your Online Book Launch – By Joel Friedlander – The Book Designer –

6.  Form and function – By Seth Godin –

7. Beautiful & Philosophical Photo Manipulations – By Sarolta Ban – – – Interesting photos!

8. How to write fiction: MJ Hyland on revising and rewriting – By MJ Hyland – the guardian –

9. Why Writers Write: Rubin Develops ‘Swamplandia!” for HBO – By Ray Gustini – Atlantic Wire –

10. Plot Points from a Pantster – The Writers Alley –

11. Stupid and Lazy – By Seth Godin –

12. Want to Make Money Writing? Build Relationships with Editors – By Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen –

13. Why Researching Articles to Death Is A Waste of Time – By Sean DSouza – write to done –

14. Transportation Designers Uninvent the Wheel – by Timon Singh – – Not far off from Star Wars’s land speeders.

15. Fox Targets Diversity in New Writers Program – By Hollywood Reporter –

Quotes of the Day

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” – Orson Scott Card

“If you have other things in your life — family, friends, good productive day work — these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer.” – David Brin



New Book Release

“Legend Unborn” – The Key of Souls – Book 1 – By David G. Welsh – Beautiful cover art!