Category Archives: Writing

Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality

“Writing Space: Ideal vs. Reality” by Christi Corbett When I was young, I pictured the location where authors/writers did their work. It was always some variation of the following: The recently showered and fully dressed author/writer pads down a long hallway and opens a door to their own private writing space. Clutching a mug of tea/coffee, the writer sits down at a comfortable chair located behind a highly polished, very organized mahogany desk. There is a wall of books on one wall and a window with a completely astounding view (more…)

How to Eat an Elephant

How to Eat an Elephant or How to Start Writing That Novel By Kevin M. Kraft I recently reconnected with a dear high school friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen, or spoken to, for over 20 years. With a single telephone call all of the years seemed compressed. While I struggled with the fact of the two-decade estrangement, I enjoyed catching up and letting her know what I’d been doing. Namely, writing. After I filled her in, she expressed her desire in writing a novel, which, in turn, reminded (more…)

Trifecta Books Multi-author Promo

Welcome to the biggest book promotion event I’ve ever seen, let alone held! To celebrate the release of four new books in the Trifecta catalog on March 31st, we’re putting everything on sale. We’ve also asked several of our friends to join with us, making this an amazing event. Please scroll down through the entire post so you don’t miss anything!! Then, on March 31st, head on back to www.trifectabooks.com and check out the four new releases – their purchase links will be live. They are: Captain Schnozzlebeard and the (more…)

Advice for Writers

Top Ten List of Advice for Writers by Krysten Lindsay Hager 1. Read, read, read. One of the best bits of advice I ever read in a writing book was to read 100 books of whatever genre you are planning to write for before you begin. That comes from Chapter After Chapter by Heather Sellers. I cringe every single time I hear a writer say, “I don’t read.” 2. Take a literature class. It’s the best way to see how stories are written and put together. It’s like learning from (more…)

Maybe Featured On bookSCREAM!

It has been an exciting day. I woke this morning to find “Maybe You Should Move Those Away From You” featured in the bookSCREAM newsletter and on the front page of the bookSCREAM website! It was in regards to a current 99 cent promotion. I have included a screenshot below. It is a smaller version of the ad; the newsletter looks even better. I am still choked up about it. Thanks again, bookSCREAM!   (more…)

The Learning Cycle

I love to learn and sometimes I learn that I need to learn more. Such was the case in a recent conversation with some fellow authors about marketing books. Let there be no mistake, writing a book, revising it, editing it, and publishing it… these things are easy in comparison to marketing the book. Letting people know that you wrote an awesome book and helping them understand why they should care, why they should talk about it around the water cooler, is exponentially harder than just writing an awesome book. (more…)

Happy Birthday Gerald

Just over a week ago, I shared a photo of my great-grandfather, Doctor Eugene “Doc” Sims. Yesterday, his son, Gerald Sims, celebrated his 100th birthday. Gerald served in World War II as a crew chief for the North American B-25 Mitchell bomber in the U.S. Army Air Corps. This is my great-uncle — my grandmother’s brother — and I could tell many great stories of his further accomplishments when he returned home. I suppose I would need to write a book. He never ceases to amaze me. For example, several (more…)

My Great Grandpa

This is a digital photo* I captured of an old photograph of my great-grandfather, Doctor Eugene Oscar “Doc” Sims. The photograph was presumably taken on November 25, 1914, as this date was hand-written on the back. Doc Sims was born in Ocoee, Florida, on June 11, 1867 to Captain Bluford Marion Sims and Fannie Caroline Roper. Captain Bluford Sims, by the way, was co-founder of the city of Ocoee, Florida and established the first citrus nursery in the United States. He was also a distinguished veteran of the Confederate States (more…)