Self-Publishing; Instant Gratification or a Whole Lot of Work?

On my lunch hour today I invested some time in researching publishers, agents, and all the intricacies of self-publishing.  It was dang exhausting and I’m nowhere near done.  The whole process of landing an agent and then making it to one of the Big Five publishers seems a bit like winning the lottery.  The small…

Third Acts

A month or so ago I sat down with a student from my Alma mater to answer a series of questions about my life now and how it was shaped by the college as part of an alumni project. One question she asked sort of rankled. I had just gone into what I did for…

In any moment of decision…

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. – Theodore Roosevelt What I would love to do today is to quit my job and throw my full efforts into writing and…

Firsts

November, three years ago I decided on a whim to try to write a novel in thirty days.  I joined nanowrimo.org and after about ten false starts, I stopped hating everything I wrote.  Instead of deleting a thousand words at a time, I was writing two thousand per sitting.  Miraculously I finished on time and…