Nine years ago I started writing knowing absolutely nothing about the craft or the industry. Even though I had been an avid reader since grade school, I was totally oblivious as to how my favorite authors created the tales that kept me mesmerized for endless hours.
Thanks to a job layoff in 2002, it didn’t take long for writing to become an obsession. I wrote eight to ten hours a day. In the ensuing months and years, I read everything I could get my hands on about the craft and trolled the Internet for up-to-date information on the publishing industry. Continue reading
Audra was a brilliant CPA that for years, worked the grueling hours her job demanded as she made her way from lowly grunt auditor to a minority partner at a prestigious accounting firm located in the southwest. She learned too late that to become part of the ‘elite’ at Winscott & Associates required much more than she was willing to give. Glorious revenge, the dish known as best served cold. Audra Tanner has waited for five years to invite her unwitting guests to her feast of just desserts and now her dinner party approaches. Continue reading
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What Every Well Dressed Author Should Know About Scams by Ey Wade
1. Scams, like dogs pooping on the sidewalk, happen. 2. Either you walk around it or right in.
Okay, I may not be an expert, but I am a writer who at one time stepped in and fell head first into a pile of….scam. Scams are everywhere from signing with unscrupulous agents, entering contests, to finding a publishing company. The funny thing is you never smell the problem until you step in it.
I would like to share an experience. My first mistake was in choosing what I believed to be a legitimate agent. He didn’t charge me money and we had a contract, two characteristics of a good agent. The problem I later found out was the agent was as much a newbie in publication as I was. In my ignorance (I’ll blame it on the fact I was a single parent in dire need of funds) I listened to his advice and was directed away from an editor at Ballantine (Stupid, I know, right.) because I didn’t do my research into the company. I had no idea who Ballantine was and when Publish America was put in front of me with all accolades, I ran to them. Needless to say, that is a nail in my brain I cannot remove. What I did do, after much drama with a company called Publish America, was demand my contract and rights be returned and I am now on my own as an Indie Author. Continue reading
Willy isn’t your average little boy. He has a horrific past that won’t leave him alone. When he was six, there was a huge fire. A fire that involved his childhood friend, piles of dry leaves and a box of wooden matches.
Secrets that should have burned away have haunted him for years and ruined his childhood. Demons want him dead. Voices beckon to him in the night.
At the brink of insanity, Willy heads back to confront the ghosts of his past. Every step of the way something evil is trying to stop him.
His journey reveals a truth more horrifying than the huge fire he lived through as a child. A truth that threatens many lives.
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