Books

#PublishingPaidMe Hashtag is Quite an Eye Opener for this Author

I was rummaging around on Twitter a few days ago when I stumbled on a hashtag that I found alarming. If you’re active on Twitter and you’re a writer, then you might have come across the same hashtag  #publishingpaidme. The hashtag was started by LL McKinney @ElleonWords to expose the inconsistencies (bias) between the advances black and white authors receive. Now, I always thought the amount of an advance depended on the merit of the work and how much of a …

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For Better, For Worse or Maybe Not

My earlier article The Underwear Defense shared my experiment with self-publishing a short story a few years ago. I received great feedback from beta-readers and fans. As a result, I expanded the short story into a collection entitled For Better, For Worse or Maybe Not (Vol 1). For Better, For Worse or Maybe Not (Vol 1) is a collection of stories that explores deceit, dishonesty, greediness and putting the cart before the horse in courtships, relationships, and almost weddings. A man …

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Is Reading Good for Writing?

Sometime last week, I had a conversation with someone who wanted to know how to get into writing and how to choose a genre. I asked her what kind of books she likes to read. She responded, “I don’t really like reading.” I was a little stumped. We discussed for a few more minutes and she decided she was into shows like Desperate Housewives and Sex in the City. “Sounds like you might want to get into drama then?” I …

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Reading Challenge & Goals for 2020

When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader. I read enormous amounts of books every week. I would show up at the library on Monday to borrow 12 books and return the next Monday to exchange them for new books. It didn’t matter how large the books were. I finished them all within a week. The library staff started thinking I was having them on. I genuinely loved reading and I read everything. As an adult, with all …

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