Monthly Archives: August 2012

Critical Observations on Critics

In this final post about reviews, I am going to talk about writers and criticism. I am still mulling over the NY Times article about buying positive reviews for $99 each, especially the comment in it by a writing coach that “nobody … Continue reading

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My Secret Sources for Choosing Mystery Fiction

I was disheartened but not surprised on Sunday to find an article in the New York Times called The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy. I wasn’t surprised at this latest example of “entrepreneurial spirit” on the web because the … Continue reading

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Writing Success: Experience Counts

I must admit that I get annoyed sometimes (well, maybe a lot) at the popular myth that some people are “natural” writers and can produce a blockbuster novel without effort or craft. Since I am interested in all kinds of … Continue reading

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Power Games for Writers in Business: Awards and Competitions

Perhaps the most effective way to empower yourself is to become an “award-winning” writer, even if you are a business writer. It looks great on your resume, and you can put plaques or framed certificates on your cubicle or office … Continue reading

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Power Games for Writers in Business: Degrees and Courses

My inbox is constantly filled with offers to teach me how to write and make easy money as a copywriter. I always have to smile at these emails because after many years in marketing, I usually know what “tricks” are … Continue reading

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Power Games for the Writer in Business: Research

If you are writing in business, you will be writing about something – providing instructions, explaining technology, or promoting products. To do this effectively, you not only have to write well, but you also have to understand how people read … Continue reading

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Writers in Business: The Dangers of Dressing for Success

I have never wanted to be anything else but a writer as far back as I can remember. I didn’t aspire to be Shakespeare or Jane Austen, but I did want to spend my life manipulating language. As luck would … Continue reading

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