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Announcing the release of Leaping Lemmings! September 6, 2016!   Just because it looks very cool: Leaping Lemmings! in Mandarin.   Announcing the release of Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer … Continue reading

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Why Being Uncertain Ruins Your Writing (I Think)

Imagine you climb into a taxi and the driver says, “I don’t know. It’s over there somewhere.”

Now, imagine you climb into a second cab and the driver says, “Yeah, I know exactly where it is. We go up three streets, make a right, and it’s two miles on the left.”

You’d feel a lot better getting in the second car, right?

That’s a lot like writing.

Imagine those taxi drivers are authors. The first driver/writer will meander, appear lost, look for the next turn or destination, and you’re not sure your trip is ever going to pay off or bring you to a good destination.

But your feel like the second driver is in control. He may go a way you don’t know or expect, but you’re always confident you’ll reach your destination.

Uncertain writing has the same effect. But with the first writer, you don’t climb out of the car, you abandon the book. You stick with the second writer until the end.

How to Avoid Uncertain Writing

May 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

How to Create a Great Title and Eye-Catching Cover

A few decades ago, most book covers were a solid color with a standard font and a title that almost always told you nothing about what was inside if you didn’t already know. Those days are long gone. Today, we judge book by their covers in a nanosecond, so your cover not only has to stand-out as a thumbnail image, it has to hold a potential reader’s attention for five seconds or more, and have a title that is alluring and able to be listed on page one in Amazon’s search engine.

That’s a lot to cram into one image and three to ten words

So, how do you do it?

Below are

May 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why We Like Satire Even When Things Don’t Change

In 1729, A Modest Proposal shocked a staid and stiff England. Readers were immediately repulsed by the anonymous author’s suggestion that people eat children in order to stop children from starving. They rose up and demanded that action be taken to stop the immense poverty sweeping Ireland. Aristocrats and scholars, the primary targets of A Modest Proposal, quickly threw money and workable solutions at the problem. That satire, one of Jonathon Swift’s many masterpieces, produced sweeping changes.

We’ve had a three-hundred-year drought since then.

So why do we keep reading satire?

April 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Birthday: A Vote for Jesus Releases Today!

A Vote for Jesus, an old-fashioned political satire that confronts modern politics, releases today. While bookstores unfortunately remained closed due to COVID-19, print and ebooks can be ordered through Amazon, … Continue reading

April 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Writing Advice: Don’t Talk About Your Book Until It’s Done

There’s an old saying in the arts: Don’t talk about your next project until it’s done. Why? Well, before I answer that, let’s get into a little background on it … Continue reading

April 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

What to Do When Your Best Book Isn’t Your Bestelling

As Jonathan Swift’s life drew to a close and dementia set in, he would crawl into bed, read his favorite book and say, “My God, I was brilliant once.”

Which book was that?

If you said Gulliver’s Travels, that’s understandable.

If you said A Modest Proposal, I wouldn’t blame you.

But nope, it was his first book…

March 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Cover Reveal: A Vote for Jesus (Political Satire)

A Vote for Jesus, a political satire that savagely attacks our corrupt and ridiculous campaigns, is now available for pre-order.

So, what’s the book about? It’s a satire in the classic sense. Jesus Christ, a poor, unknown carpenter from Bethlehem, PA…

March 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

WRITING IN QUARANTINE IS HARDER THAN IT SOUNDS

Need a little motivation to write during this forced down time? Read on.

Does this sound like you? “I’m stuck at home for two weeks! I’ll get my novel done in no time!”

Then, in true procrastinating form, you discover that Netflix is calling, cat videos are amusing, and the news is overwhelming,

Or, from a practical standpoint…

March 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Cover Reveal: Dad Jokes for Kids

This is my third joke book for Sterling Children’s Books, and it may just have the cutest cover of all. But then how can you go wrong with kids and … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Book Birthday: Just for Kicks! Just Released

Just for Kicks!: 600 Knock-Out Jokes, Puns and Riddles About Sports hits the shelves today! Kids love jokes. Kids love sports. Just for Kicks offers completely original sports jokes for … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment