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Thursday, January 5, 2012

How to Write a Book Proposal

Yes, it's true. I am considering suspending, limiting, or changing this blog, and yes, I've asked for opinion from readers. The response so far has been somewhat, uh, underwhelming.

Nevertheless, I can't help passing on a great tip I just found online. If you are, or think you may ever be, a writer of book-length non-fiction (sometimes even fiction, too), you may want to learn how to write a book proposal.

This post gives you a guide, an outline, and a rationale for every bit of work you'll put into that effort.

Every good wish for you and your writing in the coming year.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

To Blog or Not to Blog?

For some time now I have wondered about the efficacy of maintaining this blog. It takes time; it takes patience; it takes knowing something to write about. Mostly it takes away time and energy from the other writing I need to do if I wish to remain an author -- and I do.

I conducted a small experiment by simply not having a new blog post yesterday and waiting to see if anyone noticed. Though some of you may have noticed unofficially, no one said anything. Therefore, officially, the missing blog was not noticed at all.

This leaves me in a quandary. If some of you follow me regularly, appreciate my observations about the writing-publishing business, and wish me to continue, I'm yours. If no one really cares, I'm outta here.

In other words, if you have an opinion, please let me know. You can send me direct email at or you can leave a comment on this page. I'll be watching thoughout this week and waiting to see what you have to say with a yes or no decision coming soon. Either way, thanks for being there for me these past months and have a great 2012.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year; New Blog

When I began this blog last year, I gave myself a fairly structured schedule for what I would choose as topics with a different category for each day of the week. I mostly stuck to it, too.

As we begin a new year, I am seeking to "emancipate myself from mental slavery" (apologies to the ghost of Bob Marley), and I'm freeing my blog, too. This will become my personal free-for-all, with room to comment on writing and the creative life but many other topics as well. I hope you'll come along for the journey.

May you all enjoy a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2012!