Author Profile: Michael E. Dellert

We were fortunate enough to spend a little time recently with Michael Dellert and managed to get him to open up a bit about his process and inner thoughts on writing. Michael is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, as well as a writing coach. His publishing career spans 20 years. His blog is aContinue reading “Author Profile: Michael E. Dellert”

Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is your present, from me to you! It occurred to me that you will have some down time this week. Not today, necessarily, but in a few days. At which time you’ll check in and see we had a writing challenge that could brighten your writing day. And here it is. ForContinue reading “Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!”

Cracking The Mystery Of “Goodreads For Authors,” Part Two: READERS

A Timely guest blog post by my friend, critique partner and fellow author CJ Andrews – Dan. Sunday afternoon Dan and I were chatting about his post on how authors can use Goodreads. As I rambled on about my thoughts on the topic, we (okay, Dan) realized that a lot of authors may struggle with thisContinue reading “Cracking The Mystery Of “Goodreads For Authors,” Part Two: READERS”

What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?

I’m going to tell you this little story for several reasons. It’s a sad cry for help, yes, but in a good way. Also, I’m a pretty honest guy, depending on who you ask. When I’m clueless, which is rare but it happens, I’ll probably admit it. (Recently, we discussed building your author platform HERE,Continue reading “What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?”


If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to where it says “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!”   It is Christmas time! And as most of you know, there are a lot of Christmas specials on TV. And most of them suck.   Honestly, A Mom For Christmas? Look, I liked Olivia Newton John asContinue reading “BEST CHRISTMAS FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER”

MAILING LISTS: Why Authors Need Them, How To Build One (It’s Pretty Simple!)

We all know there are dozens of things we’re supposed to be doing as authors in addition to writing. We talk about it here all the time. One of the important items is building a mailing list. That way, YOU are the source for information on your books and not a website or online retailerContinue reading “MAILING LISTS: Why Authors Need Them, How To Build One (It’s Pretty Simple!)”

Hey, check me out!

I got featured on Indie Plot Twist! How cool is that? There are lots of ways to find followers and get a little recognition. Indie Plot Twist is all over Twitter because they have an innovative way of incorporating your post with clickable tweets that send out the highlights of your message.   I found theContinue reading “Hey, check me out!”

Remember: The READER Doesn’t Know The Characters Are Okay!

At a few key places in The Water Castle, I really built up the tension – and it works. Nail biter stuff. The reader is tense, the character is tense… Hell, I was tense. (I discovered a little trick, that whatever I wanted the reader to feel, I had to make a character feel. We’reContinue reading “Remember: The READER Doesn’t Know The Characters Are Okay!”

Flash Fiction Challenge: See The Scene, Write The Story!

How about a little holiday spirit for this writing challenge? Use the random number generator below and it will tell you which odd little holiday scene to visualize in your head. Then YOU have to write a caption for the scene. It can be drama or comedy, long or short, uh… fast or slow (IContinue reading “Flash Fiction Challenge: See The Scene, Write The Story!”