How I Discovered the Letters

Poseidon and the PC

As early as the 1950’s, I can remember my father Paul speaking in the highest terms about America’s naval victories during World War II. Military history permeated the atmosphere of where I grew up as my father was quite a Civil War buff as well. Many of Paul’s books had a particular emphasis on the great naval battles of World War II, and when he talked of that time, he spoke with reverence and authority. But with regards to his own activities during his three and a half years in the Navy, he said very little, and only a large family barometer kept in the living room provided a visible clue to some of his memories.

Only after Paul’s death in 1997 at the age of 80 did I start to explore my parent’s house in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to see what memories there might be remaining. Hundreds of letters…

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5 Tips for Book Cover Design

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You’ve spent months, even years, crafting every word of your 100,000 word manuscript. And the results of this labor of love? A few hundred pages of characters development, plot twists, and hours of entertainment for your reader.

And how long do you have to sell your book to that reader? A second or two—if you’re lucky. A brief glance as he or she glides along a bookshelf or clicks through web pages. That’s it. Sell it fast, or don’t sell it at all. And what sells that book? As much as we don’t like to admit it, it’s the cover. That sheet of paper, that single piece of artwork, that sits on top of those hundreds of pages.

When we talk about how to self publish a book, we tend to focus on the words, sentences, and story—and rightly so! But all of that work can be quickly undone…

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Forgive Me if I’m Marketing Too Loud


When an author makes the decision to self-publish, generally we just see the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we’ll have to do to launch our books. Once we get down and dirty with the publication process, we realize just how much is going to fall on our shoulders. We’re responsible for everything:

  • Cover Art
  • Editing
  • Formatting our books for E-readers and/or Print-on-Demand–two entirely different animals
  • Getting our websites ready
  • Listing ourselves on Goodreads, writing author bios, writing book blurbs
  • And FINALLY, the big one: MARKETING

Now, granted, we can pay to have any of the above done for us. But many of us (definitely raising my hand here) don’t have the cash flow to cover all these expenses. So we pick and choose which ones we can afford to farm out, then we tackle the rest ourselves. Generally, that means we have to market our own books.

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Let’s take the “Rough” out of Rough Draft

D.A. Roberts

I think the best place to begin is with the old expression, “Rough drafts don’t have to be perfect…they just have to be written.” To me, that pretty much says it all. Just write it. Editing comes later. Grammar, spelling and structure can all be fixed. In fact, that’s what editing if for.


The first hurdle is the rough draft. Maybe we should start calling it the “first draft” instead of the rough draft. Rough draft sounds daunting. Believe me, if I can do it…so can you. Unfortunately, most people never make it through this phase.  For many, facing the daunting task of completing your story becomes insurmountable. They give up when the writing becomes more work than they realized. This is the part that separates the readers from the writers.

If you’ve ever tried your hand at writing a novel, you soon realize that it isn’t all book signings…

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Tips on How to Illustrate Children’s Boo

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Tips on How to Illustrate Children’s Books

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