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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Getting Interviewed

Most small/medium towns out there has something that passes as a radio station and most small radio stations will have a 'chat and chew' session with locals sometime during the week. If yours does, it never hurts to call, or better yet, stop in to ask about getting yourself on a show. Most of these... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Using FaceBook

While I have a FaceBook page, I am not a big fan of it. Melodrama was never my style and they already call me "Big V" which should tell you that the last thing I should be doing is looking pictures of someone else's food. However, FB can be useful for promoting a book. As I am working to finish my... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Selling Your Book

Yeah, I know I tend to wander... a lot some days. If I begin to talk about something in a crowd, one of my adult kids is bound to say.... just loud enough for everyone to hear... "Oh Lord, don't get him started!" Can't help myself. Let's go back to the self promoting thing a time or two. When I get... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Let's Try and Do This

It is a minor thing but I just read articles from both the NY Times and the Washington Post that the so called 'professional journalists' made the same error. I refer to a sentence like this one: "The goal was to try and do such and such." I'm sorry big time journalists, the proper use is as such,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Playing Hookey

I spent about six hours in the ER today due an irregular heart beat. I was told to go home and rest. I'll resume tomorrow. Thanks! V Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Author, Promote Theyself! - Part Two

One of the things I forgot to mention last time was kind of important. Never, ever, give your physical home address. It is a sad fact that the world is no longer a safe place. I had a whack-a-doodle trying to find me to argue over a sports column I wrote. The article had nothing to do with him but... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Author, Promote Theyself!

Promoting a book is a lot different that it used to be. It used to be your agent did all the arrangements, including press releases and book signings and all the author had to do was show up when and where they were told. Now days, many authors are completely on their own and free wheeling their... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Let's Talk About Way Back Than!

This post deals with two words that I can at least understand how the casual writer can misuse. 'Then' and 'than' almost sound like they could be interchanged with one another but that is not the case. I'll try to show you how to easily see the difference in the two. The hard-core grammar freaks... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Take This Exit!

The purpose of this post is to show you how to take an exit and create a story within a story without making your reader gag with the abrupt crudeness of just starting a new story. You may remember the prime time soap series that used the 'dream sequence' to explain away the yearlong absence of a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Know Man, I Don't No!

It strikes me as odd I even have to address this situation, but the hundreds of emails I get every week convince me I should. With the advent of ICQ back in the mid 1990's and the pretenders that followed, the American version of the English language has taken a beating from which it may never... Sign in to see full entry.

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