A Writer’s Work Is Never…

Newsletter 027 – November 25th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: I’m already breaking my idea of using a simple newsletter header by showing you the image above. This is a picture of the original cover of my first published novel, The Jagged Man. At the end of this email I have a sample of …

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And Then There Was One…

Newsletter 016 – June 10th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This was taken by the side of the road in the UK’s Lake District, somewhere between Ravenglass and Hawkshead. In newsletters 13, 14, and 15, I mentioned three very different projects that I might take up at some point in the future: one anthology …

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And Then There Were Two…

Newsletter 015 – May 27th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This one relates to today’s topic, a book series I’m thinking of writing. Working title: The Lives of Franklin Roosevelt Jones. The titular character in the series, born on July 4, 1946, would likely have been born in a hospital just like this one. …

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And Then There Were Three…

Newsletter 014 – May 13th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: This picture was actually taken at some marshland along the Texas Gulf Coast. The book I’m going to talk about in this newsletter is set in Louisiana, though. I grew up reading a lot of classic literature. One of my favorites as a child …

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And Then There Were Four

Newsletter 013 – April 22nd, 2022 Hi, About the image above: The background is just comprised of some graphic elements I’ve been tinkering with to possibly use on the cover of a book called A Mixed Bag. Over the last three newsletters, I tried to give you a sense of what the next few books …

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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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Hard Facts for First Novelists – Seriously?

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] I ran across a Canadian website the other day which offered a scenario for what would happen during the process of writing a novel, “from inspiration to final royalty cheque.” You can read the rest of the original document (a PDF, 69 kb) here, …

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