Announcing The Rational Writer: A to Z

Announcing  The Rational Writer: A to Z

When I was a camp counselor, the word “announcements” was an invitation to the campers to start singing a thoroughly obnoxious song, drowning out any important information that was about to be shared.  I think I can trust all of you to let me say:  The Rational Writer: A to Z is in stores today! Last year, I published The Rational Writer: Nuts and Bolts, a book that included legal forms and spreadsheets, all appropriate for...

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Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr. Zephyr is the west wind, a light wind, one that has traditionally been considered the most mild and favorable. Your writing career is beset with winds of change. The past ten years have seen massive consolidation in the traditional publishing field, with many long-time leaders merging. Imprints have been dropped and treasured editors have been let go. Ten years ago, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing did not exist; today, it is...

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CV of Failures

CV of Failures

Last week, I read about Johannes Haushofer’s “CV of Failures.” Haushofer is an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.  He wrote:  “Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible.  I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me…” And so Haushofer listed the academic things...

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Y is for You

Y is for You

Y is for You. You’ve now had a chance to read twenty-four essays about writing. You’ve had the opportunity to answer questions about every topic, organizing your personal thoughts. Along the way, you’ve certainly found some advice that conflicts with your own knowledge or beliefs. You’ve read suggestions that will never work for you, given what you write, or how you write. And that’s okay. No writing advice book is perfect for all writers at...

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X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure

X is for (E)xposure. (Yeah, so sue me. Or give me an idea of another “X” word to write about.) Before an author publishes a book, they revise it, edit it, copyedit it, proofread it, and format it.  Through each of those iterations, the book becomes better and better. By the time it hits stores, it’s the best version of that book the author could write. But that’s not enough for the book to sell well. Rather, potential readers need to learn that...

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