The reviews are coming in for The Box Under The Bed

1st review - by Claire N

“I don’t recall any compilation I’ve read in the distant past bringing forth the range of emotions that these did, and believe me I’m too old for hormones to have played a part in that!

…there were a couple that were truly heart warming, and brought sentimental tears to my eyes.

Do yourself a favor and spend some time with these pieces of art”

– Amazon review (US)

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What Do YOU Think?

I’m interested in getting your thoughts about stuff I see and hear, quotes I read, stuff that passes as knowledge – and starting an authorey conversation.

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Go there. It’s worth it. This may be the most important lesson of all, and it’s one of my favorite-favorites. Put yourself out there. Go for it.

What are YOUR thoughts on this idea?


your humble host

Each week we’re taking five, maybe ten, of YOUR writerly questions and setting about answering them for you. 


Skill level doesn’t matter. Newbie writer, veteran writer, you have questions. I’ll opine; maybe some others will chime in with their thoughts, and hopefully YOU will get several good solutions to choose from.

Or something like that.

  • Wanna know what dialogue tags are, and why you don’t want them in your story?

  • Wanna know how to create a “page turner” story?

  • Wanna know why you need to build an author platform?

And it doesn’t have to be directly writing related. Sometimes you need to get in the writing mood by NOT doing writer stuff. Maybe you wanna know about doing author events, but maybe you wanna know about public speaking, or… I don’t know; the London train system. (I had some trouble there, if you’ll recall.)

Or why so much of Europe requires you to pay to pee…

I don’t want to suggest ideas TO you, I wanna know what’s on YOUR mind.

What are YOU struggling with?

So ask.

Ask me anything.

We have lots of smart people here; if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does. Or I’ll make something up.

Go ahead, you know you want to.


Post your questions in the comment section below. I’ll answer the first five, maybe the first ten – so don’t goof off. Post your question NOW!


danDan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious romantic comedy “Poggibonsi: an Italian misadventure.” 

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Don’t Give Up If You Think You’re Good

your humble host
We recently had fun with “the More Cowbell sketch” from Saturday Night Live.

According to Seth Meyers, who served as head writer for SNL for a while, the More Cowbell Sketch was submitted over seven times before making the show.

The sketch is often considered one of the greatest SNL sketches ever made, and in many “best of” lists regarding SNL sketches, it is often placed in the top ten, being ranked number nine by Rolling Stone. As a result of its popularity, “more cowbell” became an American pop culture catchphrase.


Considered one of the greatest skits ever, and it was rejected at least six times.


What if they’d have quit after three or four tries?


Steven Spielberg is probably my favorite director, and we think he’s had nothing but success, but that’s not true.


The movie Spielberg directed before the world wide blockbuster Jurassic Park?



Not wildly popular OR successful.


In fact, if you look over his movies, there are lots of “bad” ones in there.


Like Jackson Brown told Eagles singer/songwriter Glenn Frey, when the fledging band was struggling.  Frey was worried. “What if the songs I write are bad?”


Brown had the answer. “You’ll write some bad songs. But you’ll write some good songs, too.”


Why would you think it would be any different for writing books?


Your Executive Producer Moment

your humble host

Yesterday we talked a little about adding layers to your story in the second draft.

I thought of a better way to describe it. Let me know if this sounds familiar:


Where are the orphans!


I Gotta have more cowbell!


We as writers know what we want from a scene. The writer says: I need my character to get out. Let’s have them walk right out.

The reader says, “Hey, wait a minute!”

THAT’s the executive producer moment.

“I love what you did here. Can we add a whale in the scene? And this other character who is this tough guy. Can that be a woman? A black woman maybe?
“Or maybe… a dolphin!”
Be the executive producer on your story.

This scene needs more orphans!

Where are the orphans?

(I don’t know what movie that’s from.)
The writer buries his head and slinks out of the room.
The executive producer thinks he’s just added brilliance to the script

Or in music: I Gotta have more cowbell!


They key is to be that unattached, just not that clueless. But look for your cowbell moments.

And add them.

Because sometimes ya gotta have more cowbell.

Or orphans, as the case were.

Advance Review Readers Needed for The Box Under The Bed – this is your big chance!

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The Box Under The Bed

– a scary anthology with stories from over 20 authors.

Order your copy today! Click HERE!

The paperback version of The Box Under The Bed is available now, and quite a few people have lined up to preorder The Box Under The Bed in eBook format,

but we need a few reviewers to post reviews as Advance Review Copy readers.

Here are the rules:

  • you have to order the eBook or buy the paperback

  • you send me a digital receipt or other proof that you purchased the book (use the Contact Me button and I’ll reply; attach your receipt to the reply email)

  • I will immediately send you a PDF of the book for you to read

  • You must post your honest review within 7 days of the eBook’s release, and preferably post it on October 1. (You can do that; it’s a fast read.) Review rules: Be honest. Love it or hate it, that’s up to you.

  • You CANNOT be a contributing author for the book

That’s it! Easy, huh?

Contributing Authors: if you have friends who have been begging to read this, here’s their chance.