Celebrating wild turkeys on Thanksgiving

For the last several months, I’ve been watching a family of wild turkeys as they meander around the hills and trails of Ashland — which makes the Thanksgiving holiday bittersweet in that so many of these beautiful animals end up on people’s plates rather than remain out in the wilderness where they belong. In the …

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A music blog that every writer should read

I’ve recently become acquainted with The Lefsetz Letter, a blog by — who else? — Bob Lefsetz. It’s a blog about the music industry. And yet there are so many parallels between the music industry and the publishing industry that I recommend this blog to any writer out there who wants to get a feel …

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Tips for authors: How to set up a book tour

Thanks to the release of a new edition of Forgetting English this spring, I’ve spent many weeks this year traveling to venues on both coasts and through the Midwest promoting the book. Among the best things I’ve learned, not only from this tour but from the events I did when the book was first released in …

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Tips for authors: How to create a book trailer

Creating a book trailer is a tough decision for an author — it’s a project that demands a lot of time, energy, sometimes money, and may or may not help sell books. I debated whether or not to make a trailer for Forgetting English when the book first came out in 2009. Even as a …

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Happy Halloween – and welcome to the party!

Today we are thrilled to be celebrating the official book launch of Out of Breath, and to celebrate we’re hosting a day-long, virtual Halloween bash right here, on this blog. The nice thing about an online party is that it begins when you show up, and it goes all day — and all evening. To …

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