Terrorists, Not Protestors

Words shape public opinion and even define our perception of reality, so the language we choose to represent people and events matters.  The terrifying assault on our Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been described as protests that turned into riots, an insurrection, an armed standoff, and an attempted coup. Good choice of words. That’s…

Stepping Out of Hell

Yesterday was an important day. February 12th. That date has haunted me for the past four years. I’d see it everywhere, and I’d remember. Even if I hadn’t thought of it for quite some time, I’d remember when I’d look at my watch at 2:12. When my coworker from extension 212 would forward a call,…

Goodnight Sweet Prince: A Reflection on Hamlet

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Hamlet at the Barbican Center, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This show has been sold out for over a year. People fly in from all over the world just to see this performance because they are huge fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, mostly from his work in Sherlock.  Me?…

O. M. Grey Talks Four-Fold Twitter Approach

My alter-ego, O. M. Grey, wrote a post for Erotic Romance Publishers on my Four-Fold Twitter approach. Here’s an excerpt: Sex sells. At least that’s what we hear over and over again, and it does to an extent. Erotica sells quite well to a specific audience, but then mystery sells well to a specific audience,…

Second Edition Now Available + Free Books to Writing Groups!

It’s out! It’s finally out! The SECOND EDITION to my Amazon bestselling Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author is now available for purchase via paperback or download for your KINDLE (or Kindle App on smart phones, tablets, or computers). If you’ve got a Kindle Fire, you’ll even get color photographs and screen shots!…

Duotrope Strategy

As promised, here is another excerpt from my forthcoming second edition of Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author: Getting the Most Out of Duotrope Especially now that it’s no longer free, take some time to get the most out of Duotrope by doing your research and being organized. Although they have their handy…

Do Duotrope!

(From my forthcoming 2nd Edition to Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author) Duotrope lists virtually every market for short stories and provides a handy submission tracking device. I truly can’t recommend Duotrope highly enough. You can research markets by genre, pay, story length, and more. As you research, you can save particular markets…

How Twitter Automation Saved My Career

Okay. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but it caught your attention! To make the most out of this blog and TweetAdder automation, I set up .txt documents with links to all my blog posts, podcasts, book links, reviews, and more, then uploaded those .txt files to TweetAdder to randomly post throughout the…

Choose CreateSpace over LSI

As I said in my Publishing & Marketing Realities book: Amazon is an author’s best friend. Hands down. I stick by that statement even two years later. Even though so much has changed in the publishing industry it’s hardly even recognizable from what it was two years ago. Amazon, although it’s had its own changes,…

Valentine’s Day Love & Horror Stories to Share

This blog, I’m ashamed to admit, has been very much on and off for the past year, expressly against my own advice! This is what happens when an author tries to maintain two separate author personae. Not enough time. Not enough energy. I’m working on merging the two, over time. My alter ego, O. M….