Better, Stronger, Faster

I have the theme from The Six Million Dollar Man running through my head (and now, I suspect, you do too…) A few weeks ago, I attended a writing workshop let by a Big Name Author.  In the past, I had heard many positive things about the BNA and his workshop, but I have to admit, I was *very* disappointed in the actual presentation.  I thought that the BNA was very … slippery — when asked for specific advice about specific...

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Writerly Doings

So, I had a nice, long chat with my agent yesterday.  In these days of combined self- and traditional-publishing, nice long chats with my agent are … interesting. You see, my agent is not involved with my self-publishing career.  He does not provide advice, he does not provide support, and he does not see any profit.  To the extent that I devote my time to self-published works, my agent remains uncompensated. I love the self-publishing...

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Many (Un)Happy Returns

As a customer, I prefer to shop at stores that permit me to return damaged or faulty goods easily.  I don’t return a lot of items; I’m not one of those people who buys four dresses, with an eye toward keeping one.  I don’t bring home a half dozen table lamps, to settle on one. In the past month, though, I’ve made two returns to Amazon.  The first item was an instant hot water dispenser for my kitchen.  The item I had...

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