Not the winner, but a big thank you!

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012 in On Writing

I attended the Irish Book Awards last night. Tana won in my category, and I had an amazing night. The senior people from Harper Collins were so encouraging all the way through. And I met one of my idols, the venerable Edna O’Brien. Here is a pic from my view point at the Harper Collins table. The winner of the children’s book award, Oliver Jeffers, is on the far side of the table to me. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for me and everyone who...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle proofs & new tag line

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

A Brutal Murder. An Ancient Evil. A Secret Revealed. This is the new tag line for The Jerusalem Puzzle I sent my corrections to The Jerusalem Puzzle page proofs back to Harper Collins on schedule at 5am this morning. The proofs were a PDF document with 400 pages showing exactly how the book will look when it is released in paperback format 3rd January 2013 and in ebook format 3rd December, in a month and a half. I listed corrections, words to be deleted mainly with some...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle update

Posted by on Sep 29, 2012 in On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

I am working on the page proofs of The Jerusalem Puzzle right now. These are a pdf document with the pages as they will appear in the final book. I am deleting here and there, adding a word, but moving fast through them. I will have them back to Harper Collins mid October. I have also received good news on two other fronts, including the ebook of The Jerusalem Puzzle coming out December 3rd. When I get a link I will post it. The paperback will be out Jan 3rd. Other...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle update

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

I completed the latest draft of The Jerusalem Puzzle two weeks ago. On Monday the 3rd September I will start a 2 week edit of the complete 400 pages, incorporating some major changes as inspired by my new editor at Harper Collins. The suggestions were general, think more about the ending, the relationship. They have challenged me to add depth to the relationship between Sean and Isabel and to heighten the ending to include something even more dramatic, which will resonate...

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Get Your Writing Noticed: How to grab your reader’s attention!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in On Writing

. A key aspect of writing for the 21st century, applicable to non fiction and fiction, is grabbing the reader’s attention. The number of distractions people have these days was covered in my last post. Here are some techniques for grabbing the reader up front: 1. Establish credibility. If you’re being published by a major publishing house this will help, but even if you’re not you can put your key credential up front. If you spent 20 years as a gardener...

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