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January 2021

Writing tips for history


Thought I would share what I instruct my undergraduate history students to do in their writing. I think that particulars and specificities help historians make arguments and tell stories. Here they go! Use the past tense to describe historical events. Ensure your statement is specific. Never use such phrases as:

Writing tips for history2021-01-14T02:23:39+00:00

When is a book done?


This is one of the hardest questions to answer since it's never done. A book can keep going and going... and going. For years. In fact, full disclosure, I just submitted my "Revised" manuscript to an academic publisher. The project started in 2007, dissertation defended in 2012, pages first submitted

When is a book done?2021-01-11T21:26:00+00:00

an invaluable resource for writers and people looking to publish a book.

2021-01-08T01:37:21+00:00 I always refer to this list just to check if a company is on the author beware list. The resources here for writers are outstanding. Emerald Books Gray Fox Walks: an artistic children's book celebrating the natural world The Brass Starling: mystery and magic in 1910 Manhattan

an invaluable resource for writers and people looking to publish a book.2021-01-08T01:37:21+00:00

new autobiographies for the new year


For some reason, our new years are always filled with autobiographies. I think we've done four of them in December and January alone! We love making these family volumes to bring people closer and help them share the stories of their lives. These books become family treasures, and it is

new autobiographies for the new year2021-01-07T21:00:55+00:00

Writing mantra: Focus


Focus is my January word. My daughter taught me about the "flow state." When I think about the work of writing and editing, I think about two kinds of focus: There is the necessity to just focus on one thing, the task at hand. For that, I use one of

Writing mantra: Focus2021-01-07T18:46:07+00:00

Today’s events


I keep saying I'm shocked but not surprised about today's attempted coup d'état. What a time to be a historian. I see resonances of this event in the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923 and the attempted fascist coup in France on February 6, 1936. I know that democracy will prevail.

Today’s events2021-01-07T00:34:21+00:00

December 2020

The Demon’s Gift


The Demon's Gift is a free novella set in the Willow Locke world. It's been really cool to expand the world of the novel and write in a different style. It's a gritty, noir story featuring a hard-boiled cop struggling to hold onto his sense of morality. I like writing

The Demon’s Gift2020-12-23T01:11:11+00:00

You Need Plottr!


Plottr is a simple program for planning a novel. If you join your local writing group, you will probably here authors talk about "pantsers" vs "plotters." These terms mean that some people prefer to sit down and write by the seat of their pants and let the novel take them

You Need Plottr!2020-12-12T01:13:48+00:00

Thoughts On Structure


I do all of the layout and art for Emerald Books, but I'm also a writer. I am working on my third novel in a series and it can feel like driving in a snowstorm with no headlights. I often don't know where my characters are going but I have

Thoughts On Structure2020-12-12T01:06:15+00:00

March 2020

Unbreakable is on sale again!


Our top-selling thriller, Unbreakable, is only 99 cents this week! Check out the promotion here:

Unbreakable is on sale again!2020-12-12T01:10:10+00:00
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