And That’s No Blarney…

Newsletter 008, February 11, 2022 Hi — About the image above: In Newsletter 001 I mentioned being a member of a narrative portfolio group, and that we attended several conferences to talk about our methodology. One of those conferences was held at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, in 2001. Blarney Castle is just 10 …

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I Called This Meeting Because…

001 San Diego Portfolio Group, 2004

[This is the first of a series of newsletters I’m sending to my mailing list. The date below was the date it was sent out. I’ll archive them here on the blog a week after they are delivered to my subscribers.] Newsletter 001, October 22, 2021 Hi— About the image above: In the late 1990’s, …

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Being a Self-Publishing Virgin is Scary

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] For the past several years I’ve submitted queries (although not nearly often enough), and pitched my novels at conferences, with no success. Okay, I lied at least a couple of times in that first sentence. In 2002, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, …

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Deciding Who to Pitch To at a Writing Conference

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] It’s almost time for the annual Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin (June 27 through the 29th this year). I’ve signed up have a 10-minute consultation with three of the agents who will be attending. All Spring, as new editors and …

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