Indie Author Spotlight: Andrew McDowell

In honor of Indie April, I’ve asked self-published author Andrew McDowell, a fellow member of the Maryland Writers’ Association, questions about his debut novel Mystical Greenwood and lessons learned. We’re both writing our second novels. And so, I wanted to take time out to consider what we are doing differently the second time around. M.J.... Continue Reading →

Covered for Success, p2

Author L. R. Trovillion brought her book, False Gods, in three different covers, to the Maryland Writer's Association's Howard County's January chapter meeting as an example of a hard lesson learned. It was such a striking visual demonstration I asked if I could share it with you. In last week's blog, Are You Covered for... Continue Reading →

Are you Covered for Success?

Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer truthfully. It's a trick question; we all do. Whether the book sits on a library shelf, a bookstore display shelf, or the digital shelf. It’s the cover that grabs our attention, that compels us to examine it further, that makes us wonder what point in the... Continue Reading →

Self-Publishing 101

On January 17th, the Howard County Chapter of Maryland Writer’s Association had a panel of three independent authors discuss their self-publishing experiences, which I was one. Let me say, I enjoyed spending the evening learning from the other 2 panelists, L. R. Trovillion, and Eileen McIntire, as well as from our esteemed audience. I wasn’t... Continue Reading →

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