Monthly Archive: April 2016

Get the Format Right!

Since some of my compatriots on here have been talking about reviews, and I’ve been posting some thoughts on DVDs, I thought I should point out the one thing which almost certainly ensures an “empty the colon” review. The wrong format. Before you even think about releasing a version of your work for review get the format right. I have personally encountered this and I know others on here have as well. You get sent something to review, a supposedly finished product, and the format is wrong. I’m not talking about the media, I’m talking about the content on the printed page. Yes, there is a lot of leeway when it comes to formatting a novel. Some have running page headers and chapter titles, some don’t. Although, once you get… Read more >

I Write. Therefore, I Review.

Why yes, I write books. Did you fail to notice the patches on the elbows of my tweed jacket, and the vacant, yet meaningful gaze? Nah. That ain’t me. I’m the guy in the trenches, always learning and testing, and re-learning my craft; ever on the look out for a clever turn of phrase; and always marketing my work and myself…albeit, very delicately. Nothing’s worse than a bore who believes he’s the next Lee Child. Writers also review. Especially those of us who are as yet “undiscovered” and thus, un-contracted by a biggie. Writing is not a competition, but more like an aftermarket team sport. We write alone but need one another in the later, business end of creation such as reviewing another’s novel. This is a new truth in… Read more >

How Much is Too Much?

Over the decades we have had books which pushed the dark boundaries. I’m not talking about satanic or twisted sexual rituals, I’m talking about the dark arts of taking human life and exposing corruption. Unless you are only going to write warm fuzzy stories about a boy and his dog or quaint little romance novels, you are going to face this ethical, moral and legal dilemma. Make no mistake, this type of dilemma exists for every writer, especially writers for popular television shows. The very well done and popular television show Castle. If you happen to pay attention when they are running the show opening you will hear a statement much like the following: There are two types of people sit around all day thinking about how to kill people:… Read more >

A Little Indie Here, A Little Indie There

Dear Readers, Last fall, Pearl River Publishing Group offered Levant Mirage as its inaugural offering. The book joined Marsh Island and Blind Marsh on the shelves by this author. Along for the ride were the works of Greg Lamb, Jeff Mays, Frank Wilem, and Roland Hughes with a tour of military bases, local bookstores and libraries all along the five Gulf southern states. The books met great critical success, but far more gratifying was the positive and constructive feedback offered by readers. You may recall that Pearl River Publishing promotes just a single book at a time. During this run-up to spring, Greg Lamb will launch his new work. See all these writers at In the summer of 2016, Pearl River Publishing will ready another slot in their schedule… Read more >

Re-read – Review: “Dove” by Robin Lee Graham

I rarely read anything twice – If I am interested in a piece of fiction or a non-fiction work, I’ll take my time while reading so I can deeply digest and reflect on what I read. While engaging in a writing project with the theme “Wind and Water”, a spark of nostalgia hit me that inspired me to re-read Dove, by Robin Lee Graham. I didn’t remember that it was a particularly well written account of his exploits as a boy sailor who circumnavigated the globe solo in his 24 foot sloop, returning as a man 5 years later, but still his story remained in the back of my mind. When I re-read Dove, I discovered that indeed it was surprisingly well written, given the age of the author. Clearly… Read more >

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