Fun and fundraising at Literary Libations

On September 14, Steve attended Literary Libations, a fundraiser for the New Britain Public Library. Alderman Don Naples and his wife Phyllis assembled a raffle basket based on Steve's novel Who Wrote the Book of Death? The basket contained the wine and all the snack foods characters in the book consume. PIctured below from left: Alderman Don Naples, Phyllis Naples, raffle winner Arnaldo Perez and Steve.

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“Two (Or Three or Four) Trains Running” on Sleuthsayers

"Back when I started reading grown-up mysteries like Ed McBain and Rex Stout, their books weren't much longer than the Hardy Boys books I'd recently left behind. If I pick up one of those books now, they feel very linear. We go from point A to point B, C, D and so on and eventually we can predict the next bead on the string. Maybe that's why some of the

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Check out the Femme Fatale Bundle on StoryBundle

O’Neil De Noux has curated a new Femme Fatale bundle for StoryBundle, "a terrific collection of ten outstanding novels by some phenomenal writers." At StoryBundle, you name your own price – whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charities Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.For $5, you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format. If you pay $15 (or more,

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“Would I Lie To You?” on SleuthSayers

If a story uses a first person narrator, the most important action in that story is the telling. The narrator arranges the people and events in a way that serves his purpose. Since he has a stake in the story, sometimes he cheats. That's where the fun begins. Many of the classics gain their power from the irony of a dissembling story-teller. Read the full post to see why Steve is

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“Second Thoughts and Second Best” on SleuthSayers

A few months ago, I read a Facebook post from a writer I didn't know, ecstatically proclaiming that his writing was so good he never revised anything. I went to his Amazon page and opened the "look inside" button on his most recent masterpiece. His claim was about half-right. I read a page and decided he really didn't revise. If he'd been in my tenth-grade comp and lit class when

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“Less is Hard” on SleuthSayers

When people at events ask why I'm self-published, I can spot the other writers in the group with my standard answer: "So I don't have to write another synopsis." Condensing your 300-more-or-less-page novel to five pages (some agents want only two or even one) is like gift-wrapping the state of Michigan. Remember, there are two peninsulae (or is it peninsulas?), and they're both pretty big. Lots of ribbon and tape...

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