A Season of Miracles
Donald James Parker

POD and Self-Publishing

Changing Content

If you ever want time to pass quickly, just line yourself up with writing a monthly column or take out a mortgage bigger than your wallet can handle. The months will fly by in either case. I had reached a point where I was going to give up writing this column because it was taking one weekend a month from my writing schedule. 

Read more
Janice Hanna Thompson

Supplementing Your Fiction Habit

Ho-Ho-Holiday Writing Ideas!

’Tis the season . . . fa-la-la-la-la! I’m gearing up for Christmas, thinking about my six grandchildren, wondering how much money I’m going to spend as I lavish presents upon them. That, of course, has me sneaking peeks at my checking account balance, which—of course—has me thinking about ways to bring in more money during these rough economic times. 

Read more
Nora St. Laurent


Huge Contest For All Book Clubs

The Book Club Network (TBCN) is an online site where book club members and authors do more than just meet. I’ve enjoyed the interaction between authors and book clubs as they learn from one another. It’s also where book club leaders can share what they’ve read and the creative things they’ve done at their book club meetings. 

Read more
Adele Annesi

Word For Words

Beauty in the Breakdown: Word for Words, Literally

My writers’ workshop recently examined one paragraph in the manuscript of a student’s novel. After we took the paragraph apart word-for-word, phrase-by-phrase and discussed each component and its potential function in the chapter and the novel as a whole, one student asked, “So, that means every word counts?” I considered the question for maybe a second. The answer is yes, every word counts.

Read more