Category Archives: Paper Lantern Writers

A Writer’s Desk

on November 15, 2021

If you’ve made it here from the SHINE Facebook Group, WELCOME!

You not only get a view of my desk (actually a dining table from Pottery Barn), but you get to see my late, great, beloved Belgian Sheepdog Traveller. He was not always an under-the-table kind of dog, but as he got older, he liked to be as near to me as he could.

This view of my desk is very dog and cat treat-focused, but I promise you that lots of work is done here also!

If the cover of your already-published novel fails you, should you change it?

on June 20, 2021

Join me on Paper Lantern Writers for my latest blog post New Cover, Same Old Fanny. Not surprisingly, it’s about how I changed the cover of my novel FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER.

But just because we’re all pretty busy these days, I’ll cut to the happy ending (and answer the title question above) here:

“So, if you’re an author and your existing cover or covers aren’t making you happy,

aren’t making you feel proud,

don’t make you go yummmmm,

make you feel like a failure, and

don’t compliment the other covers in your genre,

it’s probably time to redo your cover.

It’s worth the time, it’s worth the money, it’s worth the rethinking of how you want your novel to be known.”

 

If you do have time, come on over!

Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives

on June 11, 2021

From Gertrude Käsebier to Buffalo Bill to African Americans in WWII to Abigail Adams’ letters to John, there’s something fascinating for everyone in my Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives on today’s Paper Lantern Writers’ blog.
Come on by for Postcards of Peoria, Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani photos,  first-person narratives of the American South, and much, much more!