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12 girls, 24 titties, 13,537 words

My novel, Naked Montreal, is 27% complete, according to my Scribometer: [caption id="attachment_3320" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Oops, that should read WORDS not PAGES!"][/caption] Currently, the plan involves putting a minimum of 500 words on paper per weekday (Mon-Thurs), and 1,500 words on paper per weekend day (Fri-Sun), so I can finish this first draft in a month and a half Continue Reading...

Don’t sell yourself short: Advice from a social media queen

I recently had the chance to interview Aimee Davison, a Montrealer who has gone from underpaid actress to Social Media Guru with her blog, 100 Jobs. Asking her about how she did it, I also wanted to know what advice she had for writers, specifically, and her main concept was one that most will agree with: Don't sell yourself short. Indeed, the quote I liked best from this particular Continue Reading...

Defending content mills is dumb

I subscribe to the weekly email from FundsForWriters, which features a variety of writing tips, markets to try, and pep talks from editor Hope Clark. This week, Hope published (with trepidation) a feature piece from a writer by the name of Nannette Croce who actually had the audacity to defend content mills like Suite101, Demand Studios and others that seek to exploit writers in most unpleasant Continue Reading...

Poets and Writers Magazine: A comparison in copy

It's funny how people will treat you differently, once they perceive you as a "real" writer. For an entertaining example, let's compare and contrast a couple of mailings I recently received from Poets & Writers Magazine. Consider it a copywriting critique, as there are some important differences between these two representative samples. Figure A contains the note P&W originally sent Continue Reading...

Buy mini-books for mini prices

It's a new year with new resolutions, one of which was my promise to write haiku on a daily basis. (The other is to finish my novel before we all die in 2012, but that's another blog.) Since I've accumulated a number of haiku that I have deemed hilarious, angry or simply bizarre, I've decided to start selling a series of inexpensive mini-books for those who enjoy the form. The first in the Continue Reading...