In GLAWS there is always a lot of talk about different paths to publishing: Traditional, Indi, Self-Publishing, Print-on-Demand, Kindle, etc. Ways of getting you work out there have become more diverse. Self-publishing used to be known as vanity publishing, but now it may be the right path for certain people. […]Read More
What Inspires Me, Part 3: The GLAWS Years
There’s the stereotype of writers sitting alone in their basements, tapping out their novels on their typewriters, but that is not the case. Southern California homes don’t have basements. Oh, wait, there’s more to that. Cheri Tree of Quattro University use to say, “There is no such thing as a […]Read More
What Inspires Me, Part 2: The Quattro Years
My wife is an entrepreneur. She has a web design business, a jewelry business and an Etsy store. About ten years ago, she got involved with Quattro University, an entrepreneurial college. After a while, I got involved with her. In addition to weekend meetings, we even attended one of their […]Read More
Things I Don’t Understand.
I created this blog and the associated Facebook page to promote my writing and to let people get to know me. That’s why I write on all kinds of subjects that interest me from cooking to Star Trek and My Little Pony to my experiences with the Greater Los Angeles […]Read More
Two Cool Things Happened Last Weekend. Here’s Number Two:
I had my ProCritique with an Editor. I signed up for this before the last conference. I also signed up for a ProCritique with an agent. I wanted to get the point of view of both an editor and an agent, but because of problems with email attachments, the agent […]Read More
I Must be Doing Something Right
As I’ve been writing, I’ve been attending the California Creative Writing Conference for the past two weekends, February 26th to March 6th. Yesterday I attended Debra Eckerling’s panel, “If you are an Author, Why Aren’t You Blogging?” I’ve been blogging consistently for almost a year. This is my 51st blog! […]Read More
The California Creative Writing Conference
The CCWC begins this Friday at 6:00 pm. Here is the full schedule http://www.wcwriters.com/ccwc/program.html This will be a virtual event on Zoom and like the last one, it will go on for nine days. With a full schedule on the weekends and evenings on the weekdays. If you are new […]Read More
…And speaking about sacrifices…
Tonight, I’m working on sending in the beginning of my novel for two ProCritiques at the upcoming California Creative Writers Conference. One to an editor and one to an agent. The deadline is February 14th, but each critiquer has a limited amount of slots, so I wanted to get these […]Read More
Oh, the Irony.
I’ve always had an interest in science fiction going back to “Astro Boy” and “Fireball XL-5”. When I grew up, I attended the USC School of Cinema/Television Production with the intent of working in television someday. But for the time I was in college, I had little time to watch […]Read More
The Good, the Bad and the Rewrites.
I have mentioned many times that the Critique groups are the most valuable part of my GLAWS membership. The education you get from Special Speaker Events and Writer Conferences are important to your growth as a writer, but eventually you have to apply what you’ve learned to your work. You […]Read More