Research: Writing What You Don’t Know

Write what you know. Authors are frequently advised to do just that—except when we’re writing what we don’t know. Historical fiction is a case in point. I don’t expect that Ellis Peters had firsthand knowledge of Brother Cadfael’s 12th century … Continue reading




What do you serve your book group?

Two things you can count on at most book group meetings: books, of course; and food. Some groups meet in restaurants and discuss books over dessert. Some meet at their local library. But most gather in members’ homes and may … Continue reading




I Hated That Book!

It happens. Someone in your book group hated the assigned book and doesn’t think it’s even worthy of discussion. But is liking the book even important? Mickey Pearlman says “no.” She offers this sage advice in What to Read: The … Continue reading




Word of Mouth: Does It Still Sell Books?

Does word of mouth still sell books in the e-age? Or is that old-fashioned thinking? See my guest post on mystery author Marilyn Meredith’s blog. Learn what super agent Donald Maass and mystery author/blogger Anne R. Allen have to say … Continue reading