Unlikeable Characters

In a recent blog, I touched upon the problem of unlikeable characters. I mentioned that I stopped reading a published book because I didn’t like any of the characters. So when do I think a reader will keep reading about unlikeable characters? I’d say one or more of the following …

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Joy to the (Writer’s) World!

The Christmas season is upon us. A time of delight and good cheer. A time overflowing with laughter, when we’re restored to carefree children filled with wonder. Right? Um…not so much. In fact, a number of folks have said how frustrated they are, how they’re behind on everything, and overwhelmed …

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Mr. Ed Is a Backseat Driver

There are few things more frustrating to aspiring authors than the requirement they have a significant national following and robust “author platform” before their book is considered by an agent or publisher. After all, isn’t the book supposed to help create that? It is like needing extensive work experience to …

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The Joy of a Client Christmas Card List

It’s that time of year where notes, cards, and gifts are exchanged. A family and friends list of names is one thing (my wife wonderfully handles those), but it is that list of clients where I spend a lot of time. Yes it is considerable work but quite satisfying. Recite …

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A Picky Reader

Having a book rejected by an agent or editor is puzzling, especially when the agent or editor have stated they are seeking just what we’re offering. Almost every day, my office must decline books that should be a fit. Usually the reasons are concrete (too long, too short, writing doesn’t …

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Tis the Season for Stories!

December has to be my favorite month of the year. I love all the preparations and decorations and celebrations for the Christmas season. But two of my favorite things about the Christmas season are the books and movies we savor every year because, for those of us in the Ball …

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And the Winner is: Words

Everyone has a preference as to the type of art and media they consume. Some people like books, others prefer movies, television programs, live theater, music, online content and many simply like a combination of all of the above. Even though our modern society is captivated by “the next big …

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Who Really Wrote Handel’s “Messiah”?

No. This isn’t really a trick question. Or one of those silly ones you play on kids like “Who is buried in Grant’s tomb?” But there is a wonderful bit of forgotten history in the answer. Without Handel’s Messiah we would not know who Charles Jennens was. And without Charles …

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