People might not judge your work by its cover, but it will be the first impression that puts it near their fingertips. I published Warrior Patient, my debut memoir in late 2014. After submitting my finished book to over 200 literary agents, and coming up empty, I decided to self-publish. I understood that agents and… Continue reading Choosing The Right Book Cover
The “wrong” pill spirals you into the quicksand of modern medicine. Watch these movie trailer: Click here to see the “bad pill” trailer or here to see Warrior Patient’s latest movie trailer. Follow @templewms
Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is the most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years. Who could think of an intergalactic handbook for entrepreneurs? Who could turn a tree-hugger into a paranormal event of death-defying significance? Who could create characters so believable, so funny, so astonishingly human (and not)? Robert… Continue reading The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years.
Can you remember your birth, feel your first days, see your first sights, hear your first sounds, your first touch. You have no voice. You cannot move. At the age of 12, you are unexpectedly reborn and frozen in time at the very beginning of your life. You become the dumbest vegetable in the garden.… Continue reading Review of Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
Many things define good writers. The ability to move a storyline with dialogue rather than narrative ranks high on the list. Pat Middleton understands and masters this with the power and purpose of the likes of the great Elmore Leonard. The storyline itself, however, dominates the quality and urgency of “Eureka Man.” Part of the… Continue reading This book needs to be read. Doing so, in itself, becomes an act of redemption.
Science Fiction remains a stronghold for great storytellers, people who rock back in writing chairs and see a world confronted by the unexpected. We’re not talking about the great poet Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” … rather something other-worldly, yet believable. It stretches our imagination to the breaking point, but not beyond. The human characters… Continue reading Review of “Alien Plot — First Contact” by Marsell Morris
Follow @templewms I agree that book reviews rarely move the dial on book sales. They nevertheless should top any author’s list of requirements. You need them to get into some of the best sales channels, such as BookBub, Fussy Librarian and Ereader News Today (ENT). Without reviews, you have NO chance to participate. The avenues… Continue reading Book reviews rarely move the dial on book sales.
Follow @templewms Indie Publishing has eliminated (and bypassed) the rejection drawer every writer experienced before the Digital Age. The rejection drawer held little slips of paper, initially paperclipped to returned stories, articles, and manuscripts. Editors rarely scribbled on these rejection slips. Occasionally they would put their initials on one. That became a prized possession. If… Continue reading The “Digital” Rejection Drawer
Follow @templewms The boundaries we set for ourselves determine the level of success we achieve. Our creative juices get squeezed by promotional and marketing needs. All of our time frames narrow. No publisher slaps big bucks on the promotional table to grease our ride. No pre-publishing reviews from well-known authors give us a helping hand… Continue reading Independent Publishing remains a do-it-yourself literary society.
Follow @templewms (Note: This review was featured in the May 1, 2015 Kirkus Reviews Magazine. Only 10% of their reviews are honored in this way.) In his humorous debut memoir, Williams envisions his shambolic prostate cancer saga as the education of a “medical dope” into “healthy hope.” A Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist and editor based in… Continue reading Nice KIRKUS REVIEWS review (a strange but legally necessary redundancy)