A prescription for better communication

A prescription for better communication

Seek first to understand. Stephen Covey (and others) said that, and I adopted it as my first rule of reporting. I hear from a lot of people — even politicians (hey y’all) — I write about, who tell me they respect my reporting, even when they feel stung by it. That...
Successful SouthShore Author Meet ‘n Greet!

Successful SouthShore Author Meet ‘n Greet!

Thanks to everyone who came out to meet Spencer and me at the SouthShore Library Local Author event on June 12. It was a great success. We sold lots of books, signed even more and had a great time hanging out with other authors, readers and fans. Check out these...
3 Internet trends writers cannot ignore

3 Internet trends writers cannot ignore

In this post we are going to look at 3 Internet trends that are already having a substantial impact on your bottom line…and you may not even realize it. These trends specifically target North America, but if you want to look elsewhere, you will see that these trends...
Spell Check 2-Step

Spell Check 2-Step

One of my boys’ favorite shows is a PBS program called Super Why. The four main characters in the show, the “Super Readers,” are storybook characters with reading-based super-hero alter egos. One of the characters in the show is Princess Pea. Her super power is,...
Help! I’m a Creative Writer

Help! I’m a Creative Writer

“I want to be a creative writer, but I need creative writing help.” I hear some version of that phrase at least once a week—always spoken as a whispered lament, as if asking for creative writing help was somehow shameful. When I indicate, however noncommittally, a...
Writer & Editor: The Perfect Team

Writer & Editor: The Perfect Team

I work with some terrific editors. And not just because they keep feeding me work (which, in turn, allows me to keep feeding my family). That’s huge, of course, but the best benefit of working with these particular folks is that they understand the difference between...