Month: May 2017

The Brass Ring vs The Sure Thing

The Brass Ring vs The Sure Thing

When I started writing Revenge of the Soccer Moms, I fantasized about lucrative publishing advances, movie rights, and national book tours. Okay, I still do. But I chose self-publishing over continuing to search for an agent who could sell my book. I had an agent who couldn’t sell it, or, to be fair, an earlier version of it, …

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Are Writers Born or Made?

Are Writers Born or Made?

I did not spring from the womb able to write a novel. I didn’t spring from college, either, nor from decades writing video scripts and commercials. I learned the fine points of writing fiction, first from teachers like Peter J. Welling, and then I discovered the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. If you want to be a writer, and …

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How to Avoid Lawsuits

How to Avoid Lawsuits

The “bad guy” in my novel is loosely based on someone who lived in my old neighborhood, but so loosely based that I never worried about hearing from his team of attorneys. But I got a piece of excellent advice from a writing instructor: If you want to write about a real guy, make sure to mention that …

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Why the Title?

Why the Title?

People get half-way through Revenge of the Soccer Moms before they realize that nobody in the book plays the game. Nobody is even maimed by a well-kicked soccer ball. I’ll tell you what I tell them. Keep reading. It’s in there.