Author Archives: Richard

Publishers Weekly Self-Publishing Stars of 2015

  PW Select, a quarterly feature within Publishers Weekly that is devoted to self-publishing, has published the second Starred Reviews Annual. The issue lists all of the self-published books that received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly in 2015 and includes 18 fiction titles and three nonfiction titles.   I call your attention to this for two reasons. Since… Continue Reading

The Four D’s: All in One Place

  If you’ve perused my blog at all, you may be familiar with a series of posts called The Four D’s. These posts stem from my experience as an MFA student at Pine Manor College in Boston, where I was fortunate enough to spend a semester under the mentorship of New York Times bestselling author Dennis… Continue Reading

Free Review Copies of The Organ Takers

    I have about 50 trade paperback copies of THE ORGAN TAKERS sitting in my office. If you will provide a mailing address and agree to write a review on your favorite review site, I will sign one and send it to you for free. And check with your friends and family. I’ll be happy… Continue Reading

More From the Gap

  If you did not see the preceding post that explains what it means to write from the gap, go here first.   Now that you have a basic idea of what it means to write from the gap, watch the video below. Robert McKee explains how to use the gap when writing beats in a scene, writing… Continue Reading

Writing From the Gap

  First, a disclaimer: none of the following concepts are based on my original thoughts. What I’ve outlined below is borrowed from Robert McKee’s book STORY. (More about McKee’s book and seminars later)    I think “the gap” is a key concept for any writer, and particularly useful for those authors who are writing thrillers or stories of suspense, or any… Continue Reading

Not One Among Them Left Unscathed

  Let’s consider modern battlefield surgery. I don’t have a military background, but I am a former surgeon with an extensive trauma experience, so I can make an educated guess as to how our wounded soldiers are treated.   First, conditions permitting, I would surmise that the wounded are removed from the field of battle as quickly as possible.… Continue Reading

The Organ Takers Wins an IndieFab Honorable Mention

  The Organ Takers was awarded the honorable mention spot for the thriller & suspense category in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014.   After the gold, silver, and bronze winners, that means The Organ Takers finished in fourth place, which translates to third loser. But hey, not bad for a debut novel that was… Continue Reading

30 Signed Hardcovers: Goodreads and Rafflecopter Giveaways

  15 SIGNED HARDCOVERS available from Goodreads, and another 15 available through Rafflecopter.   GOODREADS MEMBERS:  sign up for both giveaways and increase your chances of winning. The Goodreads giveaway page is here.    NON-GOODREADS MEMBERS:  sign up using the Rafflecopter widget below.   EVERYONE:  when you use Rafflecopter you can enter up to six times, and if you… Continue Reading