Drafts: Everything you ever needed to know about writing the “puke-draft”

first draftEvery writer sits down, pours their heart onto the page, bleeds for their words, and then offers them to their readership. This is nothing new. What may surprise you is the amount of work that goes into refining those words. When I was a kid, I used to think that writers like Stephen King plopped down for a few months, spewed a book onto the word processor, and then sent the unedited manuscript to someone else to edit and publish while he rolled around on a mattress covered in hundred dollar bills and gold nuggets.

But that’s not even close to how it works. Any writer worth his or her salt wouldn’t send a first draft to their worst enemy. Writers, for the most part, take a lot of pride in what they do with the craft. Sure, there’s that piece of shit book on Amazon, you’ve seen it; this thing was written like a high school project and should have been burned. But it’s out there complete with a cover created in MS Paint and a review from the author’s mother. Continue reading…


Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

I’m not much for reblogging but I felt like this was an article worth promoting. I’ve been working on a series of blog posts about how to write, market, and sell zombie books (or horror or <insert favorite genre here>) as well as some pointers regarding the craft of writing. I’m a happy former student of Gotham Writer’s Workshop but you better believe my education didn’t stop there. I read books and articles on writing and I stay abreast of what my respective writer associations are doing/talking about. Continue reading…

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Branding: How to build your author brand

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So you are writing or have written your first book. Congratulations because now the easy part is over. What’s that you say? Writing is hard? But it’s cool because you KNOW that your first book is going to sell a metric shit ton of copies and you’re going to sit around and revel in the adoration of countless fans and have your royalty checks delivered in solid gold checks? You’re also going to be an overnight New York Times best seller and the talk of the town. You know this to be true.

Good fucking luck with all of that. Continue reading…