September 2021

September Post: The Vikings and Bjarke Strongarm


A small vignette:  Bjarke Strongarm, a character from Twilight Sojourn. “Bjarke Strongarm was a seafaring trader, it was a steady, reliable occupation, but when trade was slow and the lure of adventure beckoned, Bjarke hired himself as a mercenary. He remembered as a boy before the family hearth, listening to

September Post: The Vikings and Bjarke Strongarm2021-09-07T17:12:36-07:00

July 2021

Free book today and tomorrow!


The Brass Starling is free on kindle today and tomorrow! stop by and pick up your copy! We're thrilled with the reviews we're getting on the book and amazed to be in the top ten in three categories today: #1 in Jewish American Fiction #8 in Alternative History #9 in

Free book today and tomorrow!2021-07-01T22:29:05-07:00

May 2021

What are the clichés?


Avoid clichés in writing. Rewrite them assiduously. But some might be wondering--- what are the clichés? As a history professor, I see things like "the winds of change" or "the sands of time" or the "March of history" all the time in student papers. What would be fun would be

What are the clichés?2021-05-25T22:22:52-07:00

Powers Revealed


A New Book in an Epic Fantasy World We are so proud of C. T. Fitzgerald's Threat of Angeals Series. It's an epic fantasy that will keep Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings fans mesmerized. Click the link to jump into the series. Learn more about the

Powers Revealed2021-05-11T00:42:12-07:00

February 2021



(a/k/a Marketing is Worth it!) Yesterday, Isaac and I spent the day calculating royalties for all of the Emerald authors. Our books earned over $6000 for the last 4 months of 2020, with sales throughout the USA, in bookstores, via Kindle and internationally in Europe, Great Britain, Canada, and India.


Write toward vulnerablility


Inspired by the upcoming Cup & Quill workshop on writing, I pulled out a copy of Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. The advice that just shines through the page in her conclusion is about writers making ourselves vulnerable. How does this translate on the page? Create imperfect ("embarrassing?") characters. Make

Write toward vulnerablility2021-02-12T20:05:25-08:00

All the extra book stuff!


There are so many pieces that go into creating a book, beyond just the text and narrative. When you are submitting a book to an editor or publisher, make sure you have thought about the following pieces: Copyright page table of contents About the Author: a professional bio of you

All the extra book stuff!2021-02-01T03:47:49-08:00

January 2021

Writing tips for history


Thought I would share what I instruct my undergraduate history students to do in their writing. I think that particulars and specificities help historians make arguments and tell stories. Here they go! Use the past tense to describe historical events. Ensure your statement is specific. Never use such phrases as:

Writing tips for history2021-01-14T02:23:39-08:00

When is a book done?


This is one of the hardest questions to answer since it's never done. A book can keep going and going... and going. For years. In fact, full disclosure, I just submitted my "Revised" manuscript to an academic publisher. The project started in 2007, dissertation defended in 2012, pages first submitted

When is a book done?2021-01-11T21:26:00-08:00

an invaluable resource for writers and people looking to publish a book.

2021-01-08T01:37:21-08:00 I always refer to this list just to check if a company is on the author beware list. The resources here for writers are outstanding. Emerald Books Gray Fox Walks: an artistic children's book celebrating the natural world The Brass Starling: mystery and magic in 1910 Manhattan

an invaluable resource for writers and people looking to publish a book.2021-01-08T01:37:21-08:00