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Jane Eyre Meets the 21st Century

When Jane St. John gets a plum summer job as the nanny for a family in St. Barths, she hopes her troubled past is far behind as she heads into a bright future. But from the first ill-fated flight, to the prickly housekeeper, abrasive employer, and a stalker who may or may not be trying to kill her, Jane’s hopes for happy summer days fade fast. As usual, her serious demeanor and tendency to speak her mind keep getting her in trouble. But when noises and ghostly visitations trouble her nights, she suspects more than just her past is haunting her. Could other, more terrifying family secrets be hiding in the old house?

This retelling of the classic Charlotte Brontë gothic novel, Jane Eyre, shows that a woman’s inner journey to love and respect herself—even as she overcomes the barriers of class, gender, and economic inequity―is today not very different from the journey of 200 years ago. More than a modern Gothic romance, Jane is the coming-of-age story of a 21st century feminist.

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May 2014

13 Things Your Vanity Press Won’t Tell You

May 2nd, 2014|Tags: , , |

Self publishing is all the rage these days. I know, I've done a few books that way myself. But as any author of a book published the old fashioned way (via Penguin, Random House or any other big publisher) will tell you, there are some big drawbacks. The biggest? The loss of critical review from an editor. Here's a list of 13 things you won't hear from Lulu, Create Space or Author House – but you'll wish you had heard when your book is on the market.

April 2014

How Safe Is Your Ego from Nay-Sayers?

April 20th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Whenever you try to do something hard, or risky, or both, there will always be a lot of people who tell you not to. This applies especially to writing books. People who've thought of writing a book themselves, but were afraid to, or did write something but encountered an obstacle and quit are always the first to tell new writers how impossible becoming an author is. These are the people you must protect your delicate story idea from in the beginning. These are ego killers, and at least until your manuscript is strong enough to withstand their negativity, you should stay away from them.

What is the Marketing Cost of Selling Your Book?

April 5th, 2014|Tags: , , |

As I am sitting on the couch this Sunday morning – still in my PJs at 12:23pm – multitasking our new Twitter account(s), my other Twitter account, our website which hasn't even officially launched yet, and all the tools and accounts that go with these marketing sites, I came across this interesting article: Can Authors Get Effective Online Marketing for Free? | Phyllis Zimbler Miller. Miller and I agree, the answer is a qualified "Yes." If you don't count your time as a marketing cost.

March 2014

The Shocking Truth about Most Great Stories

March 21st, 2014|Tags: , , |

There is a fundamental structure for any story which will hook readers, keep them engaged, and bring them back for more. It's a structure that took me years to learn. (Somehow, my writing professors never told me about it.) Once I saw it, like the drawing of the young woman that is also an old woman, I couldn't stop seeing it. Now I see this structure in every good novel, every movie, every television show. It's the 8-point story arc.

February 2014

How to Write a Page Turner

February 21st, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

We all do it. Have bad writing habits we don't even know we do. Like someone who says "um" at the beginning of every sentence, our writers twitches muddy our narrative, distract from the plot, and sometimes just drive readers crazy. Here are a few to look out for. Do you do any of them yourself? Once you notice your own bad habits, it's a lot easier to stop doing it.

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August 2013

A Brief Introduction to the Organisms of Ironhelm #4

August 20th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Inferi (Inferis gladius) Where the Saints and Descendants are the defenders of humanity, the Inferi are humanity’s greatest enemy. With an instinctual cunning that borders on matching those of some of pre-Cataclysm’s most predatory creatures, [...]

July 2013

Brief Introduction to the Organisms of Ironhelm – 3

July 10th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Remnant (Homo sapien cataclysma)   What would be called homo sapien sapien before the Cataclysm, Homo sapien cataclysma are the remains of human civilization. It is estimated that anywhere between 2-.8% of humanity survived the [...]

Brief Introduction to the Organisms of Ironhelm – 2

July 3rd, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Descendant (Inferis superioris inferior) If Inferis superioris superior are considered gods among the Remnants, then Inferis superioris inferior is a demi-god. With only slightly less speed, strength, intellect, and power than the Inferis superioris superior [...]

June 2013

Brief Introduction to the Organisms of Ironhelm

June 25th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello everybody! So in light of the release of Chronicles of Ironhelm: Angel of Iron and the start of the Chronicles of Ironhelm Saga, I am going to begin releasing for your enjoyment brief introductions [...]

May 2013

Why Publishing, Why Now?

May 1st, 2013|Tags: , |

I spent a lot of time after the end of my last startup thinking about what to do next. I had a lot of offers from other entrepreneurs to be a cofounder with them on some project or other. But none of them felt right. Until my partner, Carolyn, approached me with this one: A publishing company for authors who aren't big enough to work with the big NYC publishers, and don't want to deal with the incredible effort it takes to self publish. Brilliant! I said. I'm in.