Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase


If you’re a Wisconsin resident and live in or around LaCrosse, I want to invite you to the Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase. It runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have over 20 authors there speaking and selling their books – me being one of them. I will be speaking on book cover designs. So come by and support your fellow writers!

Wisconsin Writers Association Author Showcase:
Saturday, May 3rd, 1914
8 am to 2 pm
Days Inn, French Island
LaCrosse, WI

A children’s book editor’s site: writing, illustrating, publishing children’s books

Came across this site by Harold and thought those that are children’s authors might find it helpful. That’s a whole different type of writing, where illustrations are integral to the finished product. Plus – who doesn’t like Harold and his purple crayon.



A children’s book editor’s site: writing, illustrating, publishing children’s books.

Write Tight Site | Tight Writing Tips

I came across this site while I was looking up how to cut down on the use of prepositions in writing. Looks like a very good site, so I though I’d pass it along. The blog owner is a person by the name of Ann.

Thanks Ann and Happy editing!

Write Tight Site | Tight Writing Tips.

What Famous Author is 185 Today?

I’ve got another famous birthday to share. Here’s his picture, but it’s when he’s young so most probably won’t recognize him.


I’ll give you a few hints via quotes.

“It’s amazing how complete the delusion that beauty is goodness.”  (That one’s a bit obscure so try this one.)

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” (I think he may be right on this, but I don’t necessarily like that he’s right – Oh! I’ve given away a clue: the person is a male. Well, I guess the picture gives that away, anyway!)

(I didn’t know about this one but I like it.) “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

(Are you getting closer? This one should give it away. It’s one of my favorites.)
“All, everything I understand, I understand  only because I love.”

Any idea yet?

Initials are: L. T.

He was Russian.

Okay, now you’ve got it. Yes, it’s Leo Tolstoy. tolstoy -Leo was born on Sept 9th, 1828 in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia. He died Nov. 20th, 1910.

I’m going to share one more I didn’t know of but I think is very apt for the time: “Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us.”

Well said, Leo, well said.

(photo taken from

Hiring a Ghost Editor – The Experience That Haunts Me | Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Blog Post | Red Room

Some editing/publishing words of wisdom from Lorraine Duffy Merkly – read on…



Hiring a Ghost Editor – The Experience That Haunts Me | Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Blog Post | Red Room.

Have You Found Your Writing Voice?

Here is a little piece that you don’t hear much about in writing – your voice.

What is “your voice?” you may ask.

from foxnews

from foxnews

Well, those words are used to describe the style of your writing, the little quirks, sayings, grammar style that you have that is different (or maybe similar) to other writers.

Some “voices” are very distinctive: Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut are two authors that come to my mind.

Now, just because you use a particular voice in one story, you can’t use a different voice in a new story, but there is probably one style that you are most comfortable writing in – your style.

Check out what Joe Bunting and Ted Dekker say about finding your voice.

p.s. I small but important thing to remember – if you have a book you want someone to edit. If you have a particular thing (short sentences, capital letters where there might not normally be…), let you editor know ahead of time. It will save you the aggravation of changing back all those things they thought was  grammatically incorrect but was really just your style/voice. It will also save the editor time. A win-win!

Have You Found Your Writing Voice?.

What’s in a Style Guide

Did you know that editors use style guides when editing a piece of work. What they are editing and who they are editing for can both determine what style guide they will use. I use the Chicago Manual of Style – commonly used for fiction – and the AP (Associated Press) Style Guide – commonly used for news print and web news. Companies often create their own style guides so that all the copy that leaves a particular company looks the same and so the staff don’t throw things at each other over punctuation and grammar arguments. (Really, it could happen!) arguing

Andrew Doty and Amy Lorenti will give you some inside poop on style guides, if really want to know.