How Not to be a Successful Author

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The original cover of my first published book I'm embarrassed to admit it's creeping close to a decade now since I self-published my first book. If everything had gone according to my grand design, I'd be sitting on a beach, sunglasses on to shield against the sun's glare off the screen of my laptop, a … Continue reading How Not to be a Successful Author

Reliably Unreliable

The following post originally appeared on the Guild of Dreams site a few years ago. The time which has passed doesn't make any difference to the post...other than the fact that I didn't exactly watch the top 10 video all that recently. Everything else still applies. Enjoy. ----- Recently, I had a few extra minutes … Continue reading Reliably Unreliable

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Novelist

by Bruce Blake This post originally appeared on the Guild of Dreams blog on April 6, 2015 but, in the interest of giving myself a kick in the as to get back to blogging again, I am reposting it here for anyway ho may have missed it. A lot has changed in my life since … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Long Distance Novelist

A Return to Blogging

I know what you're thinking..."we've heard this before." Bruce is feeling guilty again about not exposing himself to public consumption (eeww...I didn't mean for that to sound so naughty), so he's found a burst of energy and is back to tell us that he's going to return to blogging, at least on a semi-regular basis. Okay, … Continue reading A Return to Blogging

Writing Tips: What’s that there?

One of those most difficult things to figure out on your own as an author isn't how to conjure up beautiful descriptions or create realistic dialogue (don't get me wrong, those are both important, but there are lots of books about how to do that), it's how to smooth out your writing. When you are … Continue reading Writing Tips: What’s that there?

The Story of a Blurb

My latest novel is set for an Oct. 1 release. Everything is almost ready to go--the editing and proofreading is done, the last touches are being put on the cover (watch for the reveal in the next couple of weeks), and the formatting has begun. The main task left to complete is writing the blurb. … Continue reading The Story of a Blurb

Guest Post: Don’t Turn to Look by Rayne Hall

Regular readers of this blog and the Guild of Dreams know that I sometimes go off a little bit about self-published authors and editing. The quickest way to prove to someone that self-published books are an inferior product (which they are not) is with poor editing. One of the things I've always done is searching … Continue reading Guest Post: Don’t Turn to Look by Rayne Hall

Five Secrets About Writing They Might Not Have Told You Pt. 2 – Editing

Those of you who read my post Five Secrets About Writing They Might Not Have Told You Pt.1 - The First Draft--published way back in December--probably thought I either got lazy or didn't really know five secrets. I can assure you, it's not due to laziness, for I have published two novels since then (and the … Continue reading Five Secrets About Writing They Might Not Have Told You Pt. 2 – Editing

On Finishing and Making Friends

So far in my writing career, I've never stared into the blood-shot eyes of being finished something. Complete. Sure, I've finished short stories and released them into the world, never to think about their characters again, but the time and emotional investment in a short story is minimal compared to writing a novel. To date, I've published … Continue reading On Finishing and Making Friends

Five Secrets About Writing They Might Not Have Told You (Pt. 1)

I've been writing my blog for the last year or so concentrating more on readers than writers. I decided to approach it this way because it seems like every other writer with a computer blogs about the writing experience, or their sales, or what's going on in publishing. Perhaps it's the much-used writer's adage "write what … Continue reading Five Secrets About Writing They Might Not Have Told You (Pt. 1)