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Sunday, October 23, 2016

"Ask the Expert," Writing Coach Suzanne Lieurance

Welcome, Readers!
Today I have the pleasure of continuing our "Ask the Expert" series with some interesting findings from Writing Coach, Suzanne Lieurance. Learn more about creative coaching here, and the one thing you can do to fast-track your writing for 2017. Please make her feel welcome with your questions and comments.

Coach Suzanne Lieurance

 Can you tell my readers a little about your background?
For years I was a classroom teacher but I was also always a writer. As the school year was ending one spring, I learned that my school would be closing, which meant I would be reassigned to another school in the fall, most probably after school had already started. I felt this was the perfect time to make the leap from full time teaching to full time writing, so I made it my goal to replace my fulltime teaching income with freelance writing income by fall, and I did. Actually, I was making about double my teaching salary each month from freelance writing by the time school started again in September, so I never went back to the classroom. But I later taught children’s writing for the Institute of Children’s Literature for over 8 years while I continued freelance writing.
I have written over 30 published books and I am also a writing/life coach. I specialize in helping people turn their passion for writing into a lucrative career. 

What does a creative coach do?
As a writing coach, I help people set writing and career goals for themselves and then stay on track so they reach those goals. I also teach clients how to write – fiction and nonfiction – so it is more marketable. I help them understand the creative process of writing so they are able to get more writing done and enjoy the writing life.

What's the most common reason writers seek your assistance?
Most people come to me to get clear about their goals and then to learn how to create a workable plan for reaching those goals. They also want someone with writing and publishing experience to provide feedback about their writing and help them become better writers so they can find an agent or publisher for their work or learn how to professionally self-publish.

Is there any particular training required for this line of work?
There is no special training required (or even offered, as far as I know) for being a writing coach, but I am a certified life coach and I think that is helpful. And I can’t imagine being a writing coach if you weren’t also a published writer with at least a few books to your credit. Plus, my background as a teacher helped me know how to appeal to various learning styles and know how to create instructional materials to help my clients learn to write more marketable fiction and/or nonfiction.

 What does a typical session cost?
I prefer to work with clients through specific programs instead of single coaching sessions. My most popular programs range from $97.00 to $997.00.

 Do you think that all writers should blog? Why/Why not?

I usually encourage my coaching clients to blog because it helps them become better writers as they are developing their writing careers. Plus, blogging is a great way for writers to build their credibility and visibility online. It can also be a good way to generate income from writing. But I don’t think every writer should blog if they are happily successful without doing so and their time is very limited. For example, I know many writers who have plenty of business clients without blogging. And I know authors who don’t have time to blog because they are always working on a new novel for their agent to sell. Ideally, blogging could help sell their books, of course. But when their time is so limited, it’s better for them to write more books than to try to blog, too.

 What would it surprise others to know about you?
It usually surprises people when they learn that I have sent out a short email called
The Morning Nudge to writers on my mailing list every weekday morning since 2006. I have also hosted Book Bites for Kids on Internet Radio since 2007 and I have recorded over 700 live episodes of this show.

 What's the one piece of advice you'd give writers to fast-track their careers in 2017?
Spend some time figuring out who you really want to become as a writer. What are you most passionate about writing? Also, take time to learn how you work best. Every writer is different, with different goals and different learning and working styles. If you take the time to figure out what you really want to achieve as a writer (and not just what you think you should achieve) and you understand what you need in order to be your most productive, you will be able to reach your goals faster and enjoy your life in the process.

For more information about my coaching, visit





Monday, October 17, 2016

News & Avenues to Rock Your Dreams in 2016!

It's countdown time, folks.
Ready or not, before we know it, we'll be ushering in 2017.
In less than 90 days, the calendar flips on another year.
Factor in the holidays, and it's really less time than you think.

As we enter this last inning of the game, how will you position yourself to score more?
  • To take that writing class
  • To abandon your fear and guest post
  • To start a Blog
  • To finish your novel
  • To make money for your efforts
As a wise man once said: "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting." Hello?

With this in mind, I have a few resources and opportunities to share today, that I believe will enhance your efforts, increase your reach, and provide a great end to this year.

Pencils ready?



As an extension of my mission at Pen & Prosper to help you to "learn more and earn more," I am launching a series of E-Books collectively titled, "The Bank on Success Series."
Over the years, I have had numerous questions posed by my readers and blogging clients on various  writing topics. This series will help writers to address commonly asked questions and specific challenges through how-to guides, blogging manuals, etc.

My goal is to share the tips, techniques, tools and strategies that have contributed to my success, in being recognized as a "Top Writing Blog" for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
And to support you in your journey, so you'll have fewer detours.
The series includes these 3 titles to date:

--6 Insider's tips to fast-track your blog in 2017
--How to rise above your size and make money!
--Avoid common pitfalls & Headaches by making smarter business choices

The price is $4.99 per title, or $10.00 for the series.
I am offering an "Early-bird" special, where you can purchase them for $3.99 for a limited time. Series is still $10.00.

For your convenience, a "Buy Now" PayPal button has been added to this site in the bottom right hand margin. Or, if you'd prefer, simply send PayPal payment directly to Gemsjen@yahoo.com
You will receive a receipt at the time of your transaction. Books are available on or around October 29th.

Writers, this series has the potential of saving you hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars on books, classes, workshops, coaching and conferences. Order today, for a better writing future!

For your enjoyment and edification, I am also starting a series where I'll interview industry experts and you'll have the opportunity to send questions, receive feedback, etc.

Experts will include:
  • Agents
  • Writing Coaches
  • SEO Specialists
  • Self-Publishers
  • Designers
  • Motivational Experts and more!
If you're an expert, and would like to be featured, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Send a pitch to: Gemsjen@yahoo.com or leave a comment at the end of this post.


As many of you are aware, November marks National Novel Writing Month.
It could be the start of something beautiful for you and your writing career.
Get more details and participation info here:


Beyond Your Blog is seeking guest editors for the month of December, to read and select submissions for their site. If interested, send your info to Susan@beyondyourblog.com.

Multiples Illuminated is accepting original essays for inclusion in an upcoming anthology.
The theme is life with twins and triplets. Compensation is $40.00 per essay.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has several themes and ongoing calls for submissions for your creative works. Authors receive contributors' copies in addition to generous pay.
Learn more at the Chicken Soup website.

This concludes Monday's post, folks.
Wishing you a week of great progress!

...Until next time.

Image courtesy of NANOWRIMO
Hand image courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Do Bloggers Owe Readers Full Disclosure?

Growing up, most of us were socialized to believe that “sharing” was a good thing. That it made us decent, unselfish, conscious, evolved human beings.
Remember how we were encouraged to share with our siblings, playmates, and those less fortunate?

In most aspects of life, sharing is a groovy thing.
It truly reaps rewards--whether it’s karma, or the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve helped someone through the allocation of information or resources.

Perhaps it’s the underlying reason too, that “sharing” on personal blogs has become so popular. Writers may feel that being transparent and “giving” makes them more likeable, generous and real.
But sharing as a child, compared to sharing as a grown up, has different rules and dynamics, folks.

Tread carefully.
In an effort to establish rapport with their readers, reveal vulnerabilities, and perhaps form future bonds, some bloggers are going way beyond the call of duty in what they share online, (through images and conversations) IMHO (in my humble opinion).

Which begs the question: Do we owe our blog audience “full-disclosure”?

Here are some things to consider...
  • Whether it’s a personal blog or a personal friend, proper discretion is important.
     Some things are best left between you and your clergy, or your God. Why? Because how much you share “speaks to” your level of social sophistication, and understanding of appropriate manners in public forums. Remember, there’s a time and place for everything.

  • What you share may violate other’s privacy.
  •  A good example of this would be celebrity divorces, or the lives of politicians. Do we really need to know all the intimate details of their sex lives, finances, family dysfunctions? And what about their kids and/or parents? Do they deserve to have their lives on public “display” by association?

  • I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating.
  • Bloggers, you never know who is reading your words. Hello? It could be a conservative client. Or your child’s teacher. Or a future employer. Keeping things at a “PG “ or “G” rating can provide for a lot of damage control for the future.

  • Depending upon what you share, (and how you share) you can make yourself unnecessarily vulnerable.
  • To litigation. To alienating friends and families. To backlash and FaceBook wars.

Ask yourself, is it worth it?
Additionally, in an article featured at
Bloggingpro.com, the author poses some enlightening questions to consider for those who desire to discuss personal issues on their Blogs or other public forums:

      1.Why am I sharing this?
      2.Would I want my children (or anyone important to you) to read this and know I wrote this?
      3.Would I want my co-workers/acquaintances to know this about me?
      4. How would my life/reputation be affected if I share these details?
      5. How would the other parties involved be affected?

      I find that Writers are often divided on this timely topic. Author & PR expert , Wendy Burt-Thomas, offers the following:
      "I'm a fan of personal stories being shared on blogs because it adds a sense of comfort and camaraderie to the post. Personalization makes blogs more relatable and there's a sense of humility involved in sharing stories that you'd tell a close friend.
      My general rule is, if you can find it on the Internet already, it's probably ok to share."

      You decide. But there's great validity to the expression, "Loose lips sink ships."
      Sail carefully.

      Agree or disagree? What are your guidelines for sharing?

      Image credit: Freedigitalphotos.net

Monday, October 10, 2016

"Ask the Agent" Interview With Mark Gottlieb

Q.  You’ve assisted countless authors in telling their stories. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to share yours. Can you tell us a little about your professional and educational backgrounds?

Unlike many people who choose book publishing as somewhat of an accidental profession, it was always expected of me that I would one day work at Trident Media Group, a family-owned and operated literary agency. I think it comes as a comfort to many of my clients that I’m not leaving the literary agency, nor book publishing anytime soon. Anyway, you could say I was sort of groomed for the position at a young age. That’s why I chose Emerson College in Boston, as they were one of the only schools at the time offering an undergraduate study in publishing. My company bio expresses my professional journey from my time at Emerson College, onward:

Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on publishersmarketplace.com in Overall Deals and other categories. 

Q. Why should authors choose Trident Media? What makes your agency unique?

What makes our literary agency unique is that we rank #1 on Publishers Marketplace for fiction, non-fiction and literary agencies, both in overall volume of deals and six-figure+ deals and higher. (Of course we do deals for more than six-figures, but that is what publishersmarketplace.com allows one to report). We’ve ranked that way for over a decade, which is about how long Publishers Marketplace has been around for. That ranking is a result of the tremendous resources available to us at Trident Media Group for advancing the careers of our clients. For instance, I think one would find it difficult to find another literary agency that has a Digital Media and Publishing department, focusing in large part on digital marketing and publicity strategy for our authors. Many clients of ours have greatly benefited from such a service, by hitting the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Not to speak ill of the competition, but most literary agencies tend to be very small (several employees in a home office setting) and therefore they have to farm a lot of their work out to third party companies and they are more inclined to give rights away to publishers where they either can’t fend the publisher off or just plain don’t have the resources to properly sell those rights on their own. However, at Trident, we as a company of close to fifty employees with the entire 36th floor of a Madison Ave. building in NYC (huge for a literary agency and bigger than most independent publishers), do not farm our services out to third party companies. Trident Media Group’s contract review, accounting, foreign rights, audio books, film/TV, etc. is performed within our company walls. This is a huge benefit to a client, since we’re more inclined to keep communication between departments rather sharp and we hold onto film/TV, foreign and audio book rights for our clients more readily, in order to help them properly exploit those rights with other publishers. Were those rights to get tied up with a domestic publisher, they might never get made or properly exploited, plus the economics are not entirely in favor of the author in sharing those rights with a domestic publisher.

Ultimately because of the clout of our agency having many #1 New York Times bestselling authors and award-winning authors, and the fact that our business really goes to the bottom line of most publishers, we can get the very best things for our clients in their book publishing deals and contracts.

Q. What’s the biggest myth about agent representation or having a book published through a traditional publisher?

The biggest myth about book publishing in trade publishing is that once the author writes the manuscript, their role in the book publishing process pretty much ends there. That is no longer the case as the author has become central to the marketing/promotional process, as ultimately fans will want to hear directly from the author when possible. Anything an author can do in the way of blog outreach, readings/talks and interviews, will ultimately help their publication along the way.

Q. What is the most common reason for manuscripts being rejected? Any pet peeves here?

In the case of literary fiction, lending some accessibility is what I find to be important. The literary community as a whole tends to be very insular and the books themselves also read like they're too cool for school. Uncompromising literary fiction often contains prose that are more concerned with being stylish and flowery, thereby torturing the narrative and losing the reader in the poetics. A piece of advice I tend to share with clients in such a pitfall is a famed quote from the author Charles Bukowski: "An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way." That will help the moral of the book shine through, which is ultimately what attracts me to a manuscript, since many of the books I represent are concerned with important social messages.

For genre fiction and commercial fiction, it is important to be aware of the genre conventions and tropes, in order to either generally avoid them, or spin them in a new and interesting way. For instance, I find it the strangest thing that in most every zombie novel, the protagonist wakes up in a hospital bed from a coma, to suddenly realize they're in a world full of zombies. I'm sure that was a neat trope when it started out, since the motif of dreaming/waking kind of plays with the zombie theme in reverse (our protagonist wakes from the world of the living to the dead, whereas his antagonists have fallen asleep from the world of the living to a dream-like state in the world of the dead). Nowadays that trope is just old hat to most readers of zombie books.

Q. How important is “platform” in terms of authors securing representation?

I’m finding that the importance of platform in an author’s career has also made its way into the world of fiction, to an extent. In looking for an ideal fiction client with a platform, I look for authors that have good writing credentials such as experience with writing workshops, conferences, or smaller publications in respected literary magazines. Having awards, bestseller status, a strong online presence, or pre-publication blurbs in-hand for one’s manuscript is also very promising in the eyes of a literary agent.

Platform is even more important in considering nonfiction authors. It is not enough for an author of nonfiction to be a respected authority on their subject matter—it’s important to publishers to know that such authors have a big online presence or social media following. That’s why selling celebrity fiction to publishers is almost a no-brainer. Publishers get this strange thought in their minds that if any given celebrity has 100,000 followers or more, if even just ten percent of those followers buy the book, then the publisher is already in good shape.
Q. How might authors compensate for small blogs or modest social media numbers?

An author having only small blog coverage of their work and/or a small social media following won’t be as problematic to fiction as it might be to a work of non-fiction. An author might compensate by trying to beef up their social media following, improve upon their author website, do more blog outreach for review/interview attention, appeal to established authors for pre-publication blurbs, etc.

Q. What’s the typical response time for manuscripts submitted for consideration?

Literary agents differ in their response time to a manuscript. This will also depend on the length of the manuscript, how full the literary agent’s plate is already, etc. I think a reasonable response time is within a month’s time, though. Of course this is a hurry-up-and-wait sort of business, so it could take longer as it takes time to read. In my case I prefer to read within the first few days or week of receiving a manuscript from an author in order to express my level of enthusiasm, rather than just sitting on my hands.

Q. What would it surprise others to know about you?

I have two singapura cats, named Dingus Khan and Willow. My wife posts photos and videos of them on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dingusandwillow

Our friend who is an artist/illustrator made us a mock children’s picture book about them called THE TAILS OF DINGUS AND WILLOW, by Jackie Cantwell.

Q. Is there a proper length for Ebook manuscripts?

Book length for self-published electronic manuscripts tends to be all over the place, but there’s a price corollary to page count, which is important to keep in mind when considering pricing against what the profits might be. Conversely, traditional book length is 80-120K. For commercial fiction it tends to be around 80-90K. Of course the book length for YA is flexible and the word count for MG is much lower. Once you get down into chapter books and picture books, it is far less.

Q. You have quite an impressive track record. I see you’ve been ranked # 1 in overall deals at Publishers Marketplace. To what do you attribute your success?

If I could attribute my success to anything, it would be my restless soul. Book publishing has become more of a lifestyle than work for me, and I think that’s a good thing, rather than merely viewing my work as a job to be done. Spending my time as a literary agent excites me and makes for an interesting life. It’s not always easy but I love what I do. Certainly there are worse things I could be doing, like working on the Trump campaign or slaving away as a lawyer for a big oil company.
Anything else you’d like to add here?

I would like to encourage readers of this interview to please visit our website where there’s a lot of good information on the literary agency, the authors we represent, as well as some information about book publishing:

Thanks so much for your time, Mark.
Your turn, readers.
Questions? Thoughts?







Friday, October 7, 2016

4 Alternatives to Hanging up Your Blog Hat

Let’s face it: blogging can bring on a myriad of emotions and contemplations.
It's an online journey that can be a bit like a roller coaster ride for most of us.

Here’s a familiar scenario…

One week we’re riding high with showered comments and kind thoughts from readers.
The next week?
Our spirits are plunging from a lack of feedback from anybody, even spammers.

( “Don’t it make your brown eyes blue?” )

And the plot thickens.
Add to this, the constant grind. Coming up with new, engaging topic ideas, crafting quality posts, scouring the Net for images, and promoting our platforms as feverishly as politicians before an election.
Daily. Weekly. Monthly.  
It’s a tall order.

Regardless to how much we love it; it can be overwhelming.
It's no wonder so many bloggers consider quitting. Perhaps you’re one of them.

If so, read on.


In the words of Sarah Palin, "Don't retreat, reload!"  Take a break. Gather your bearings. Don't have second thoughts; just get a second wind.

Just like the body is restored through sleep, taking periodic blog breaks helps to give your creative muscles a rest and re-energizes the spirit. It also helps readers to miss you in your absence, and hopefully cultivate a greater sense of appreciation for your efforts.
Word to the wise: whether it's a two week break or two months, always keep readers in the loop of what's going on and your expected return date. It's a basic courtesy. And it shows good form.


Start by placing a "Write for us" tab on your site. Establish simple guidelines for optimal success.

Think of it as a "pot luck" gathering. It provides a variety of different offerings for your readership's diverse tastes, while allowing you to devote your time and attention to other projects. Additionally, you have the added bonus of having other bloggers to promote and share their guest posts to folks in their social media circles; which increases your blog's visibility and reach. It's a win/win for all.


Many popular blogs today are the product of collaborative efforts of multiple writers. A few examples here are The Muffin, The Write Conversation, and The Write Life.

There's great validity to the expression: "There is strength in numbers."
Team blogs harness the power of different talents, broader expertise areas, and expanded topics.
It also takes some of the pressure off of you, as an individual, for coming up with all the content and uploading all the articles to the site. Think long term.
If you're a Christian Writer, for example, you could align yourself with other Christian bloggers, find a clever name for your group and form an alliance. The same works well for cooking blogs, etc.
Get the idea here? More than likely you're already communicating with and supporting each other as followers.


Blog less frequently or compose shorter posts.
In the infancy of my blogging career, I was pretty ambitious. I started off posting 3x a week.
Let me say that though the idea seemed awesome in theory, it's not always prudent or practical.
Why? Because you'll burn out quicker. Because life gets in the way. Fast forward...I've been doing this for almost eight years now. I've won some awards, lost my direction, and got back on track.
And I've learned a lot along the way. (Note to self...do a future post on blogging lessons learned).
Trust me. Sometimes less is more.

Experimentation is important to blog success and greater clarity.
Don't always do what "experts" say.
What does your heart say? What does your gut say? What does your traffic numbers say?
What does your lifestyle dictate?
When you're true to yourself and your vision, you'll rarely go wrong.

Keep these four options in mind, whenever you come to an impasse in your blogging journey.
Though they may not change your course of action, they'll help you to make a more informed decision in times ahead. With fewer regerts  regrets.

Thanks for reading.
Thoughts? Which option appealed to you most here?

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mid-week Author Chat With Novelist Victoria Grossack

Can you tell readers a little about who you are and your background?

My degree from Dartmouth College is in English Literature and Creative Writing, but I also have expertise in the areas of mathematics and insurance. Despite my desire since childhood to create stories, my ability to write did not seriously improve until the first incarnation of the coffeehouseforwriters, more than fifteen years ago. I first participated in a critique group in which I learned a lot and was drafted to become the moderator. Later I became an instructor.

I was the “Crafting Fabulous Fiction” columnist at Writing-World.com until they stopped publishing an e-zine, with more than 70 articles at that website as well as pieces published at other writing websites.

I don’t just teach; I do. Here are the titles of my Jane Austen-based novels: The Highbury Murders: A Mystery Set in the Village of Jane Austen’s Emma and The Meryton Murders: A Mystery Set in the Town of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. I have written, with a friend, a series of novels based on Greek mythology, including Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus. Several high schools use Jocasta as a complement to Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Some of my short stories have also been published, in venues as varied as Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, Contingencies and I Love Cats.

Not all of my writing is fiction or about fiction. I have sold many articles and have done editing, copy-editing and even some translation. I have a contract for producing study material for the insurance industry.

You can learn more about me and my writing at www.tapestryofbronze.com.


What would it surprise others to know about you?

I have a great sense of direction in my writing but none in real life and have been badly lost on six different continents. I have not visited Antarctica, and am reluctant to go there because getting lost in Antarctica is extremely dangerous.

Why do you think writers should take writing classes? What's the W.I.I.F.M. factor?
Too often people assume that because they know how to read that they know how to write. Yet there are so many artistic decisions to make, from which genre and which words, when to show and when to tell, the sequence of events and emotions, which point of view to use and how to get the most out of the point of view, that it is easy to get lost. Too many writers don’t understand the nuances of choosing verbs and tenses and the different ways of constructing sentences, paragraphs and scenes. They don’t know how to create character-driven stories. Master the tools and the rules, and use them to your advantage or break them when you choose, as you strive to give your audience a great reading experience.

If you were going to run a marathon you wouldn’t expect to do well without training, would you? Most people train better when they have a coach and some structure. That’s what a writing class offers.

What’s your favorite creative, but non-writing activity?
Gardening. I’m rather bad at it, though, and suffer from serious garden envy when I look at the lovely flowers and abundant vegetables in my neighbors’ window-boxes and yards. Oh, well. They say that humility is good for the soul.
How is the writing industry different than when you first embarked upon your career?

When I was young, aspirational but incompetent, it was still the time of typewriters and snail mail. It was so slow and so frustrating and so frequently disappointing. Nowadays the turnaround time is much faster with editors and agents and publishers and word-processing. We also have E readers and self-publishing possibilities.

The internet makes it much easier to do research and to network. Writing groups used to be limited by the constraints of time and space; those boundary conditions are less problematic now. You can go to class in your leisure hours and work with an instructor on a different continent.

I also think that with the changes in the world, most people have shorter attention spans. This has implications for your writing. Being pithy pays.

To learn more about Victoria and her popular classes for writers visit Coffeehouseforwriters.com.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

More Exciting Reads & Writers' Leads-The 3R'S Series

Welcome back, readers! Today you'll find an array of interesting reads and leads to broaden your horizons, help build your platform, and your knowledge base.
I trust you'll find something useful here. And if you do, please let me know in the comments.
As always, thanks for your readership and faithful follow.





Hone your craft and increase your cash!
Provides monthly, quality online classes for writers of all levels and genres. Classes range from 2-day workshops to four-week classes. Learn at your pace, in your space. Be sure to check out my popular course, “Don’t Query, Be Happy!” if you’d like to make more and pitch less.

Writers Weekly seeks your "Success Stories" of approx. 400 words. Pays $40.00 upon acceptance. Learn more details at: http://writersweekly.com/writersweekly-com-writers-guidelines

Beyond Your Blog accepts guest posts on various writing and marketing related topics. Compensation is $75.00 for original pieces. You can check out the guidelines here: http://www.beyondyourblog.com/work-with-beyond-your-blog/

I love my library. It’s a treasure trove of educational materials, engaging reads, never-seen-before box office movies, tutorials, and community events of interest.While recently scouring the video selections, I came across this instructional DVD for writers, by chance.

To be honest here, prior to discovering it, I was a stranger to Ms. Perry’s works; though I had heard of her. Eager to learn more, and also motivated by the desire to learn how to “spin” a story better, I brewed a steaming cup of herbal tea and tuned in, shortly after arriving home.

I loved it. And I’m confident you will too.
In “Put Your Heart on the Page,“ Perry is thoughtful, thorough and engaging.
Her video presentation is the equivalent of taking a college course, without the expensive tuition and heavy textbooks.

This best-selling author doles out sage advice, timely tips, and techniques on everything from character development, to back story, to dealing with conflict in your story, to creating convincing dialogue.

Her coverage of an array of useful topics for today’s writer was deep, layered and impressive. The DVD format, for me, was much better than reading a print book, because it was more interactive, livelier, and easier to process. Which made it easier to take notes too.

I give it ***** Stars.

Learn more at

How would you "rate" today's 3Rs Series compilation? Anything helpful here?