Books about Writing:...

I have a shelf or three in my library dedicated to the art and craft of writing. Now, books about writing always seemed like a drag to me – and in college I hated reading them. In retrospect, these cheeky “you can do it!” books are so much better than the dense times of literary theory that,...

What Not to Say to P...

..and other useful advice.  This post is about professionalism. What follows is an email exchange between myself and a writer who was attempting t submit work to Spectacle Publishing Media Group, LLC. The only edits I’ve made to the email exchange are to delete names and contact...

The Legal Side of Wr...

Protecting yourself as a writer and artist, a creator and owner of intellectual property has never been more important. In today’s digital world, where “copy+paste” can send your content to thousands of strangers, writers must know their rights and limitations.   Copyrights 101 As...

Publishing: True Cos...

Publishing a book is one of those strange tasks that can be cheap and easy or wildly expensive and incredibly difficult. I once was offered a contract from a “publisher” that turned out to be a vanity press. They asked me for $30,000.00 to publish my book. The ticket included cover design,...