Review of The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

I started reading The Strain on Saturday and finished it yesterday. Let me start by saying, these are not my kind of vampires. I tend to lean more toward the dark, sexy, and mysterious type of vampire. So if you’re looking for that kind of vampire story, this book isn’t for you. While Blade II […]

Random Rant for the Week – Your versus You’re

People who use “your” when they mean “you’re” drive me absolutely batty. It’s simple grammar folks. The mix-up tends to happen because they are pronounced the same. YOUR = possessive pronoun typically used to indicate ownership – “that is your book.” YOU’RE = contraction of “you” and “are” – “you’re a good writer.” TIP – […]

Inspirational Authors

Someone recently asked about authors who inspired me. I guess that’s a fair question since it’s not really the same as a favorite book, which while enjoyable, may or may not have had any effect upon my own writing. I’ve included some of those authors/titles in an earlier post. Let’s see. I love Tolkien – […]

Jackie Kessler rocks!

This post is dedicated to the tireless Jackie Kessler who listens to me rant and rave, and allows me to pick her brains like a head-biting, brain-sucking zombie. No kidding. I can’t think of one time that Jackie has not helped me get some perspective or navigate this whole “find a literary agent” process. Not […]

Write a Killer Query Letter, Part 3

In your last couple paragraphs, you want to include where you see the market for your book, and what would be competing titles. Also include any media contacts you may help that could help in the marketing platform for your book. Lastly, include your education, previous publishing history/credentials (if any), and background, as well as […]

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