4 Ways to Get Your Book Published

Just like doctors get asked by their relatives about aches, pains and boils, writers get asked about how to get stuff published. One son of a cousin of a parent recently asked my mom to ask me to send him some info on getting his just-finished novel published. I finally! wrote him a note, which I’ve turned into this blog post. While I do have several published books on the market, I’m by no means an expert. But I can provide a bit of insight based on my own research and experience. You basically have four main options for publishing…

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Open Letter to Cox Communications: Is it me or does the company stink?

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED Dear Cox Communications Collections Department: I am in receipt of your URGENT letter dated April 23, 2012, that threatens to disconnect my service unless I pay the amount of $140.98. The letter goes on to further threaten reactivation or reconnect installation fees if my service is interrupted. Give me a break. Not only are your threats offensive to a loyal customer who has paid her bills on time for the past five years, but your information is inaccurate. When I received my bill for May services, I was appalled to see charges of $140.98 and immediately called…

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National Poetry Month rocks – but no one seems to care about it

Poets are notoriously late for everything, so it makes sense that a column celebrating April as National Poetry Month would come in the latter half of the month. Cheers! Being a poet in Tucson—or being a poet anywhere, for that matter—comes with distinct advantages. For starters, you can ignore that thing called being on time. Then you have that peachy perk called poetic license. Poetic license lets you misspell and even invent your own words. You also get to make up your own grammar rules. Tis loads. Of fun. You should. Try it sometime. You can also take the license…

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Death of the computer help desk: How to screw up your computer system in three phone calls or less

Once upon time in a land as close as your nearest computer, you could call this thing called a help desk if you needed a fix with technical issues of one sort or another. Each manufacturer had its own help desk service, each stocked with people familiar with its products and issues surrounding them. A helpful-sounding someone would answer the phone, listen to your problem, and then offer a solution. If the first fix did not work, the person would keep trying until your issue was resolved, or at least as close to a resolution as you could come without…

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