How to Throw a Book Launch Party with Stripper Clowns

How to Throw a Book Launch Party with Stripper Clowns If you’re gearing up for a book launch party, I have two words for you: Stripper Clowns. I’m pretty sure this would be a big draw. Not regular clowns, because they are creepy. They were creepy long before Stephen King had his way with them. In print, I mean. I have no...

The Benefits of Beta Readers

The Benefits of Beta Readers A beta reader is a test reader, someone to give you feedback on your work before you release it out into the big scary world. Betas act as a small representation of your intended audience. They read not with an editor’s eye, but with a reader’s heart. They let you...

The Wide World of Travel Writing

The Wide World of Travel Writing When you think of travel writing, your mind might go to books by Bill Bryson. (Also, I love Bill Bryson). There are many other manifestations of travel writing that lend themselves to beginners. Here are a few. Keep in mind that many of these can overlap, as some...

Big News for Little Piggy

Big News for Little Piggy In 2012, I self-published a little humor book called This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store. I had no idea if anyone would read it. And if they did, would they even like it? People did read it. The title and cover caught attention. Readers would then tell their...

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor

10 Mistakes of Writing Humor A smiling reader turns the page. Somebody said that once. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first. But it’s true. If you’re making your reader smile, they’re likely to stick with you. Like any form of writing, humor takes practice. What’s funny in conversation doesn’t...

Editors: The LBDs of Publishing

Editors: The LBDs of Publishing If you don’t know what an LBD is… Little. Black. Dress. Everyone woman – and man who wears dresses – needs one. Why? It makes you look good It makes you feel good It’s there for you when you don’t know what else to do Just like an editor. A good editor makes you...