Book Club Questions

This is an interesting article about writing book club questions.

Book clubs. As readers, we delight in socializing with book-lovers. As writers, we delight in connecting with avid readers.

Since I belonged to a book club long before I was published, I knew the importance of a good set of discussion questions. While some groups fall naturally into discussion, some don’t, and good questions stimulate conversation. I decided to include discussion questions in all my books and on my website.
In Perfect Time
Often writers are stumped when it’s time to write questions for their books. Here are some tips I’ve learned as both a book club member and an author. Read more.






Do you like book clubs?



Image Systems

I read this article and thought it was an interesting concept for writers.

Filmmakers use a term called “image systems,” and novelists can benefit greatly by creating a similar kind of image system for their novel.

Just What is an Image System?

Think of the overall message coming through your novel. What themes are you honing in on? What controversial issues or moral dilemmas are you presenting? What is the “take-home” feeling you want to leave with your reader after she finishes reading the last page. Asking these questions can help you step back and look at the tone, mood, and intent of your story. See more.


Making Money in the Publishing World

As writers, we are in the business of publishing. Publishing companies and writers need to earn a living. This interesting article discusses things to pay attention to in the publishing world.

There is a natural law in writing and publishing (as elsewhere): where need and desire are greatest, moneymaking enterprises follow.

Vanity publishers are an easy (and long-standing) example of this law, presenting themselves as a way around the bottleneck of traditional publishing–as long as the writer is willing to “invest” in his/her work. Ditto for literary agent “middleman” services, in which an individual or company offers to “represent” writers to agents, supposedly to increase their chances of snagging a super-busy agent’s attention. Learn more.


Standing Firm

1 Corinthians 54-58 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Suzy, The Wonder Wiener Dog

Suzy, our twelve year old miniature dachshund, killed a field mouse two weeks ago.

Usually I’m not a fan of things like this, but I have to admit to having a bit of a shock and awe moment. See, for the last four or five years, our Suzy has been having numerous health issues. Lots of big issues that we weren’t sure she would recover from. But she did, with flying colors!

Usually she also sleeps oh, about eighteen hours a day. Most of the time, she doesn’t get up to do much. I bend down and give her a pat whenever I walk by her. Honestly, I figured a mouse could probably camp out on her back and she wouldn’t care.

I was definitely wrong.

To find out what Suzy did and how it pertains to writing, click here.


Copyright Scams

If you are a writer, I’d recommend checking in on the Writer Beware Blog. It is informative. This article provides details about the copyright process.

A few years ago, I wrote a post on the difference between copyright (literally, the right to copy or reproduce, ownership of which guarantees authors control over their intellectual property) and rights (the bundle of rights contained within copyright, which authors can grant or license to others or exploit on their own).

This week, that post received a (likely spammed) anonymous comment:

Copyright protects works of original authorship such as text, artwork, photographs, sound recordings, screenplays, music, lyrics, etc. You can register more than one work under one copyright registration. Such as a collection of books, songs, photographs, etc. If you need to protect your work you will want to register it for copyright. Visit and fill out the form on the site. Your work will be registered same day! In addition, there are representatives available day and night as well as a live chat box right on the website.

There’s more than a whiff of ripoff here, so I decided to accept the challenge. Read more.