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June 18, 2015

There comes a time in every person’s life when they make THAT decision.  You know the one I’m talking about, because I’m sure you’ve made a version of it at some point in your life:

 

“Engineering has too much math…I’m gonna change my major to something I’m passionate ab...

November 4, 2014

Today we're gonna go back in time, in order to give all you writers and wannabe-writers a taste of a very stressful period in a novelist's life: being "on submission."  This is the period of time just after your agent takes your finished novel and submits it to the pub...

October 8, 2014

When last we left our (kind-of) hero, things looked…well, grim.  To be honest, “shitty” might be more appropriate.  A brief summary for those of you who didn’t read Part I or Part II of How I Got a Book Deal: Editor said yes, publisher said no, Trey wailed “Nooooo...

October 5, 2014

This is the second part of a three-part series about the trials and tribulations of landing a book deal with a major publisher.  Part I can be found here.  The two journal entries below give an excellent picture of what happened to me over the course of a single month,...

October 3, 2014

Kids, this strange device was known as a ROTARY phone!

 

This is the first part of a three-part series of posts detailing the twists and turns of getting a book deal.  For other writers, this will be informative, scary, and maybe inspiring...if I can do it, so can you....

October 1, 2014

Last year, when THE PROTECTORS was on submission with publishers, I lived through some stressful months.  At one point, the event I describe below happened, right when I was near the end of my Optimism Rope.  The emotion it brought on surprised me, enough that I felt c...

September 29, 2014

I received this invitation from the talented Cat Robson, one of my fabulous Santa Barbara Writer's Conference buddies.  It's a brief look into both my writing life and what I'm working on right now...

 

1. What are you working on/writing?

 

Right now, I'm deep into my next...

September 25, 2014

I get asked frequently how the whole writing gig came about.  Questions like "Did you always want to be a writer?" "What got you started?" and "Why are you irrationally handsome?" are perfect examples.  Well, the first two, at least.  I wrote this blog post last year t...

September 25, 2014

So I have this wonderful dog, Lulu.  She’s a 120lb Anatolian Shepherd, and without question, one of the kindest, most docile animals I’ve met in my entire life.  She’s quiet 99% of the time, gentle around infants, and I’ve never had to spank or punish her physically—mo...

September 20, 2014

Why?  Because I wanted to create a video blog post, that's why.  And because it's the funniest thing.  Ever.  To the ad agency that pitched this to Audi, I say...well done, folks.  Well done.

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