The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

Media Strategy Saturday: Tim Tebow’s favorite word, ‘excited’

So the gym where I sweat plays ESPN without the sound on, but I didn’t need any sound to watch Tim Tebow‘s press conference. He is excited to be a … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · 5 Comments

Quirks and legs matter more than talent and perfection

Hear me now and believe me later in the week: flaws and quirks beat absolute perfection the package matters more than the product without legs, you are dead in the … Continue reading

March 24, 2012 · 47 Comments

Name recognition is KING; also, famous peoples doing it wrong

For two years or whatever, I blogged three times a week about publicity, speechwriting, public relations and scandals for The New York Times’  If you are an author, actor, director, politician, … Continue reading

January 31, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Red Pen of Doom destroys FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen

FREEDOM By Jonathan Franzen The news about Walter Berglund wasn’t picked up locally – (add spaces here to match dash format in 2nd graf) he and Patty had moved away … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 23 Comments

Writers: social media is a tool — not a magic bullet

Every novelist, journalist and aspiring writer I know is all over social media. They’ve got a blog and a Twitter account, or a Tumblr and a Facebook page. Or they … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · 11 Comments

The evil secret to ALL WRITING – editing is everything

Editing is everything. I don’t care who you are — you need an editor. And you always will. In fact, the more successful you are as a writer, the more … Continue reading

October 10, 2011 · 66 Comments