Posts by: martin

Jul
2014
21

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO

When I first heard the story of the loft-sitters, I thought the information being given to me was false. I thought I was being lied to. I mean I know a little bit about that period in history. I’ve read some books, seen some movies. I grew up in Scotland, and I realize the body of water between Scotland and…

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Jun
2014
15

You Gotta Stay Positive

Have you ever read an article and gotten halfway through, or perhaps even read it to the end, and thought to yourself, “Wow, that guy was a real flake.” I’m going to make a concentrated effort to not leave you feeling that way, but with the subject matter I’m about to cover I might just lose you. I’m going to…

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Jun
2014
9

2014 Rural Writers in Residence Retreat – September 25th to September 28th

For four days we’re going to be semi-sequestered and talk writing and publishing. I’ll teach a couple of different workshops during the retreat. We’re staying at http://bannermountainlodge.com/.  Doesn’t it look cool! Sign-up details are here http://ruralwriters.wordpress.com/retreat-details/ Hope to see you there!

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Jun
2014
9

Hundreds of Review Sites Available Right Here

        As part of my ongoing quest to achieve sainthood, and to continue creating positive energy and paying it forward I’ve compiled a handy-dandy list of review sites. Under the Authors Tools section of my website I recently included lists that will help you access hundreds of reviewers and bloggers. Once you’re in the Authors Tools section…

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May
2014
12

Sun. June 8th – Write on the Beach

Please join me on Sunday June 8th at Crescent Beach in South Surrey. I’ll be participating in the BC Federation of Writers annual event – Write On The Beach. http://bcwriters.ca/write-on-the-beach-june-8-2014/ My presentation will focus on marketing for authors. I hope to see you there!

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Apr
2014
30

David Moyes was the Right Manager for Manchester United

Growth requires change. I understand that. There are, however, and should be, exceptions to this rule. In order to live in a relatively civilized society we need constants. Dogs must bark, cats will meow and Manchester United will win championships. Every season. Recently, one of those previously unmovable constants was altered. Manchester United are one of the winningest football (yes,…

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Apr
2014
16

At Fifty

My old buddy from high school, Ian Anderson had the absolute best “John Candy laugh”. You know that classic Candy, part-giggle, part-chortle, where he’d tuck his chin to his chest, look into the camera with eyes that were somehow devious and warm at the same time and make a sound that we’d never heard before. Ian could do that. In…

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Apr
2014
7

PLACES TO FIND FREE PHOTOS AND IMAGES

We’ve become better, a lot better, at what we do. If you compare book covers, blurbs, or just the general presentation of self-published books from a year ago to today you’ll see drastic differences. There are still product pages that are lacking but if I go into a bookstore I sometimes see traditionally-published books that look like they should still…

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