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Favorite Writing Advice: Adding Tension to Your Story

One simple idea can give your story much-needed tension. One phrase — one sentence, really — can help most authors make their stories more tense, more dramatic, more gripping. “If … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Getting Your Book Published: Labor, Luck or Kismet?

Every time somebody says, “Things happen for a reason,” I say, “Yeah, but it doesn’t have to be a good reason.” I’m not exactly a believer in what you’d call … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can You Learn More From Fiction Than Nonfiction?

Learning a little something from everything you read. I’ve said it a hundred times if I’ve said it once: “Write what you know, read what you don’t.” Writing what you … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Learning to Write from the Ides of March

In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, here’s a blog post from a few years (and one month) back.   It’s March 15, the famous Ides of … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hidden Meanings in a Story Every Author Finds

Finding messages and meanings in your story you didn’t know were there. Remember that high school or college English class where a student pointed out some hidden meaning in a … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Leaping Lemmings – Cover Reveal

    Here it is at long last — the final cover for my first picture book, Leaping Lemmings! I won’t go into all the details that took this book … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Importance of the Book Pre-Order to Authors

Why early success means continued success in publishing. Does it really matter if you order a book online before its official release date? Before its “book birthday” as they say … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

One Way to Land an Interview

My interview on The Historians Every once in awhile something falls into your lap, but if you don’t act on it, it will slip through your legs like a bad-hop … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Long Road to Publication: Patience & Persistence

I have long said that authors are not paid for their words, they are paid for their perseverance. When it’s easy to give up, good writers stick with it, improve … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · 4 Comments

Schenectady Today Interview: Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer

Host Ann Parillo interviews me about my book “Pete Seeger, The People’s Singer”. Always a great time — and check out all the cool photos of Pete, Woody, Toshi, and… … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment