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The Inadequate Index — Another Writing Time Bandit

A book writer may have thirty or forty books aiding  his or her research and writing. I certainly do. Unless one has years before deadline, it is impossible for a writer to read each book cover to cover, for the … Continue reading

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Turning the Organizational Corner: Inside Baseball

With nine months to deadline I have turned the corner on writing my book and I can clearly see how it will finish. And that it will finish. There’s an American saying: inside baseball. It means discussing obscure details that … Continue reading

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All The Things I Can’t Tell You!

I’m having all sorts of fun and sometimes terrifying experiences connected to writing my book. But I can’t post what I discover here because that content needs to go into the book. It’s very frustrating since I am used to … Continue reading

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Progress Report on My Book

With eleven months to go before my deadline of August 1, 2019, I’ve written approximately 28,000 words. My contract calls for a total of 50,000 to 60,000 words so I feel good about my progress. Ideally, I’d like to submit … Continue reading

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Lost In Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Would we be any better in the next life? “We passionately long for there to be another life in which we shall be similar to what we are here below. But we do not pause to reflect that, even without … Continue reading

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My Answers to Some Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions

Still working on those questions. Comments welcome. What I have so far: 1. Provide a 50- to 75-word description of the book (an elevator pitch, if you will). A Beginner’s Guide to Rockhounding and Prospecting in the Southwest sets newcomers … Continue reading

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Deceptively Simple Publicity Questions

My book is not due until August 1st, 2019. That’s one year, one month, eleven days, twenty-two hours, forty-eight minutes, and twenty-nine seconds away. (I checked.) Prior to today, starting two or three weeks ago, publicity efforts began by the … Continue reading

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