Review: In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long

In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long My rating: 5 of 5 stars Terri Giuliano Long’s debut novel bodes well for her future as a writer. In Leah’s Wake is a well-crafted tale told by characters with distinct voices. As the Tyler family members find life falling apart, you can see all the places where a different decision could have changed the trajectory, if only the characters could step outside their own head and see the big picture. As a Massachusetts native, I recognized her fictional Cortland right away — she grounds her world with so many realistic details that …

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Book 2 Test Drive

I’ve been working on Book 2 in the Exeter series for the past several weeks, and it’s grown from a novella telling about that summer mentioned in Bones of the Past to a bigger, deeper novel about a summer that changed Dan’s life. To corral the rabid plot bunnies that have been hopping through my brain, I’ve been fiddling with back-jacket copy to keep the subplots from taking over. As part of that, I’m throwing it out there for you to read and let me know what you think. Does it sound like something you’d pick up if you read …

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My Indie Journey – Lessons Learned

It’s been almost six months since I decided to go indie, and not quite two since my first book published. As with anything new, there’s been a learning curve. I’ve been fortunate to learn some things from other indie authors — especially Terri Giuliano Long — but some of my lessons have come from doing it not quite right the first time. Mark Young posted an update on where he is and what he’s learned, so I’m stealing his idea and doing my own learning process post.

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Why Can’t Books Be Readable AND Great Fiction?

Today’s Toronto Star article on the readability controversy that plagued the Man Booker awards this year was the perfect connection among several writing bits that have been floating around in my brain lately and coming up in conversations with other writers. For those who missed it, Man Booker award judging panel chairwoman Dame Stella Rimington announced this year that “readability” would be a factor in the award selection this year, and a segment of the literary fiction world gasped and clutched their pearls at the concept. They went so far as to announce last week they were creating The Literature …

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First formal book review of Thrown Out

Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, posted her review of Thrown Out today. Excerpt: “These tales were well developed and the writer had strong command of them from beginning to end.  Coughlin delivered stories that quickly immersed me into the tale.” Yay! Between this and my first ever e-mail from a reader who has no prior connection or contact to me or anybody I know, it’s been a good day. Add in Jesse’s tweet from earlier this week, and it’s been a great week. I’m going to go smile a lot now. 🙂  

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Tagging on Amazon

Several of you have asked if there’s anything you can do now that Thrown Out is published. So I figured I’d post this here. Amazon only lets you put a book in two categories, even though it has a few thousand. Their alternative is tags, but it takes 20-25 people tagging a book to put it in a category. Since this is a short story collection, and the topics vary, there are several other possible categories for it beyond the two I picked. If you wouldn’t mind taking five minutes and going to the book’s page and clicking on the …

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Circle of Writing Inspiration

Yesterday, I tweeted some lines from my Kindle Blog interview, including the one where I mentioned screenwriter Jesse Stern inspires me, with links to the interview. He saw it, and tagged me on Twitter to tell me I’d inspired him to write yesterday and thanked me. That, in turn, inspired me to write before work today and pushed me well over the 25K mark in my draft, a goal I had set for end of day Friday. ETA: Coworker’s daughter (age 7) was reading the acknowledgements in the book, saw I’d won a writing award at her age. She won …

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Book Review: “The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors” by Michele Young-Stone

The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was lucky enough to hear Michele read a selection from this before I bought the book, which bumped it to the top of my to-read list. Handbook is an ambitious book, weaving in lots of people and places over several years, with two main plot threads running parallel tracks for much of the story. In the hands of a less-skilled writer, this could have been a train wreck. Fortunately, Michele keeps everything flowing as she weaves her tale, creating an engaging read. I had …

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