Most of us don't sell a lot of books. There. I said it. This is not a defeatist attitude or some silly plea. It's the truth. There are a small percentage of elite writers and book producers who garner most of the readership. There are the one-hit wonders who write incredible books, big sellers, influencers, … Continue reading The Truth About Writers
I realized something other morning while writing here in the shed: I have been developing my writing life for the last ten years right out in the open. I could say my writing life had its origins when I was a kid delivering newspapers, but for argument sake, my first book was published in 2009. … Continue reading Writing Out in the Open
Here in the shed this week, I've been thinking about book titles. I like to have one decided early when I'm working on something new, which I am doing. Choosing a title helps me focus on the story's theme, the book's emotional center. So, I came up with one for a new manuscript-in-progress. I am … Continue reading What’s in a Title?
In Spain, the air is hot. I joked with my son who had joined me on the second leg of a trip to this beautiful country, following a week with my wife, that, yes, it was muy caliente. But it was not "Cuba hot." "That's a very different hot," I reminded him. Two years ago … Continue reading The Fuel of Travel
The other day the New York Times' book critics compiled a list of what they thought were the best fifty memoirs of the last fifty years. The critics said they were looking for books that gave them "whiskey, not whiskey and water." Books that felt like they were bringing a reader along on an "adventure" … Continue reading Memoirs: My favorites and what I’ve learned.
Now and then here in The Writer Shed, I will formally review a book. This is not the casual albeit sincere Goodreads or Amazon review, but rather a hard and close look. I do this only occasionally and usually choose books for specific reasons. Either I am asked to review the book by a publisher or … Continue reading Review: My Midsummer Morning
I have a couple of audiobooks out there. Two of my memoirs are offered on Audible: October Song and There's a Hamster in the Dashboard. I'm proud of those listenable renditions and they were fun to produce. I hope, also, fun to listen to. If you're an audiobook person—and they are a certain kind of … Continue reading And Now, Something Out Loud