What are people reading these days? The great free e-book experiment

In an insightful post at the We Put Words On Paper blog, Amanda Kimmerly asks "What is the last book you loved?" Her question comes from recent attendance at a writers' festival here in Austin, Texas, and the observation that most of the people interested enough to show up were of the 40+ persuasion, so she's curious to know what young readers are reading, in an effort to understand the digital Continue Reading...

Anticrastination Scribproductivathon

My writing collective, We Put Words On Paper, is currently holding a writing marathon/lock-in. It's called the Anticrastination Scribproductivathon, and this is its third incarnation (though my first attendance), subtitled "Scrib Hard With a Vengeance." We're on hour 6 or so, and had planned to go for at least 8 hours of writing, writing exercises and plotting world domination. So far, Continue Reading...

A Constant Reader on book reviews

Like most things in my life, I have a love/hate relationship with book reviews. I've written a few, and I always find it a challenge. I've always been an avid reader, checking out huge stacks of library books from the time I learned to read. I was insulted when other children would say "Look, mommy!" while pointing to my stack, and mommy would reply, "She's not going to read them Continue Reading...

Celebrating the halfway point

You've got to celebrate the milestones, and since I've just crossed the halfway point in my first draft of my novel, Naked Montreal (actually, my word counter says I'm 51% done, w00t!), I feel like shouting it from the rooftops. Instead, you have this blog post. MY NOVEL'S HALFWAY DONE!!!!!!!!!! Tell the world. Pre-order a copy and find out how it all ends! I'll be on the couch, Continue Reading...

SXSW for Word Nerds

Super bomb diggity foghorn local writing group We Put Words On Paper brings you the most ass-kicking, literarily show-stopping, off-SouthBy par-tay in Austin, this Tuesday, March 15 starting at 8:30 PM. BYOB to the Pickle Palace for a loud, drunken, messy literary celebration in the spirit of SXSW rockstars run amuck. But not TOO amuck, cus we are writers, after all, and not coked-up Continue Reading...

Naked Montreal: The cocktail

I've invented a cocktail! (Sort of.) It's called the Naked Montreal, and you should sip it while you're reading my book. Which you can't do yet, because I'm still writing it. So for now, the only person drinking this drink is me, while I'm writing the book after which it is named. Whoa, meta. In other news, I am working on my book now, but I am not drinking a Naked Montreal yet. It is, Continue Reading...

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...