May 30, 2012 by

Stress is an ever-present issue in today’s world. Stress, and the soapy smell of kitty litter–at least if you’re a writer. Most people consider themselves stressed in general, and that’s not the best state of being we could have, as an overall rule. We should be relaxed, happy, or even just “alright”. But we’re not, we’re stressed. No author has ever come to me and said “I want to write this book, but time’s no issue. Let’s take it nice and slow, a year or two, I like to do things leisurely.” No, authors, like everyone else, want their product as soon as possible. Thus today’s real topic: chocolate. Or more specifically, M&Ms. Chocolate is a writer’s best friend. Some may claim cats are, but they’re probably lying or trying to meet some unseen idyllic...

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Buh Bye, M.S.

May 16, 2012 by

I’m very excited about an upcoming book by my mentor, Claudia Suzanne, called Buh Bye, M.S., a true-life story of how she overcame and god rid of Multiple Sclerosis. Claudia had chronic-progressive M.S. for most of her life and through a series of seemingly ridiculous circumstances and a lot of argument and determination, she managed to somehow rid her body of the disease entirely. The pre-order page just went up, and I highly suggest you head over and check it out, if for no other reason than that the pre-order comes with a free digital...

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Ghostwriter Certification

May 4, 2012 by

Ah, the crux of it. No one quite knows what it is, but it seems like it’s self-explanatory. It’s not. Ghostwriter certification training is a complex, intense and ridiculously difficult training program offered by Claudia Suzanne and Left Coast Institute. It’s been a privately-taught course for several years, but will be moving to CalState Long Beach come 2013, and as I understand it, become more expensive–but not easier. GCT is grueling, time-consuming and painful, but it’s incredibly necessary. Let’s go back a few years. Fifteen years ago, there were around fifty ghostwriters in the US. They were counted, in fact, at one point. But as the publishing industry began to implode, and then eat itself, ghostwriting became a fallback position for out-of-work writers, editors and journalists. Because they knew how to write, they assumed...

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