Dear writer: don’t give up.

Dear writer: don’t give up.

I’ve dealt with the frustrations of indie authors for the last decade. I’m not generally supportive in the emotional sense. I know publishing and making a living with your writing isn’t easy, so I try to teach them how to do it right and make it easier. But the overwhelm is so great that many The 3 secrets to book...

Harry Potter and Vladimir Tod: How to write a YA fantasy novel series in 7 steps

A few years ago I read the YA series “Chronicles of Vladimir Tod” by Heather Brewer. While no JK Rowling, the books nevertheless have many eerie parallels to the magical world of Hogwarts – except that the secret society of magical people are vampires, not witches. I’m not accusing Brewer of plagiarism; she’s...