I realize I've never talked that often about including dialect in my own fiction right here on this blog. Certainly in panels, and in interviews, and in passing. But I've never sat down and done a big post about it. It was one of the hardest things about writing my first novel, Crystal Rain. … Continue reading I Would Like To Talk To You About Me, Dialect, and Caribbean Stories
I love this quote from the recent marketing guide that Smashwords published: "we cannot promise you your book will sell well, even if you follow all the tips in this guide. In fact, most books, both traditionally published and self-published, don’t sell well. Whether your book is intended to inspire, inform or entertain, millions of… Continue reading Survivorship Bias and Why 90% of the Advice About Writing is Bullshit
I have a new intern, joining the team with another intern I already have been working with from the local college. They do cool things for me that help with some outreach, PR, admin tasks that I struggle to keep up with. New intern came with a notebook and lots of questions for her first… Continue reading Eight Things I Told My Intern… (About Being a Writer)
I hope it's no secret to many reading here that I don't consider myself wholly white. Some of you reading since 1998 may know a thing or two about me, but since I've become published in novel form more people are coming to the blog and reading and finding out about me online and express… Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be This Caribbean Writer?
The results of my survey concerning how many books a published writer wrote before they sold their first are in. This survey came about because not too long ago I overhead a newer writer talking about the fact that he had been submitting his first novel to publishers and was growing quite discouraged by the… Continue reading How Many Novels Did You Write Before Selling One? 150 Writers Answer