New Release – COLD WATER

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Stories and poems of mystery, suspense, horror, comedy, drama, and more can be found in the newest Top Writers Block collection based on the theme “Cold Water.” Immerse yourself in the depths and enjoy these wonderful short stories with the works of Barnaby Wilde, Tracey Howard, Cleve Sylcox, Melissa A. Szydlek, Elizabeth Rowan Keith, and Suzy Stewart Dubot.

Your purchase of this ebook not only supports the creative outlets of independent authors, but also supports charity. Top Writers Block is an international group of writers who continue to donate ALL of their proceeds to Sea Shepherd in France, an organization that devotes itself to preserving our seas and oceans and the life within. The authors’ donate their proceeds to charity.

Stop your complaining…and get busy writing

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Words From The Floor

So, you don’t think you are a writer because an editor said your writing sucks. Well, maybe it does, but that does not mean you are not a writer .

Editing is a treasured art only appreciated by writers. If an average editor is worth his/her weight in gold, then a good one is worth twice that and a great one is worth your first born child.

As an artist paints, sketches, molds, chisels, or snaps a shot, an editor meticulously reads each word, examines every punctuation mark, assures the story flows, and the characters remain true to themselves. It is not easy to do.

My recent book, Fly Paper Soup went through seven betas and each one found something worth correcting. Now, let us make something clear, a Beta reader reads for substance, for flow, and their job is to tell the author if the story works. Did it move them, did it capture their attention, was it interesting, or did it drag on, no spark, and cause the reader to jump off a bridge. After they dried off, they may find flaws in word usage, grammar, or any number of things. Your perfect work is not so perfect.

An editor digs, grinds, examines your story from top to bottom and then does it all over again. They are brutally honest and should be. If you have an editor that hands out lollipops and sprinkles everything with sugar, get rid of them.

You want your book top rated.

You want your book to compete.

You want your book in the hands of readers all over the world.

You want to make money…I hope.

If so, then stop being so timid. Write with passion. Write with zeal. Drive those pros and splash those cons. Have no fear. Read your work over and over again aloud, have others read it as you write. Take criticism constructively, even if presented with harsh and cruel honesty. The only way to grow as a writer is to know your faults and correct them. Then write, write, and write. Then write some more. When your betas deliver the news, be open to rewrites or changes they suggest.

Now when the editor delivers your manuscript back and it is dripping in red ink do not be discouraged. Examine the edits. Learn. Grow. Ask questions but never throw the manuscript away thinking you are a lousy writer. Make the chances. Accept your humanity. Swallow that pride.

You are a writer, first and for most. You write…that is what you do. Edit the best you can and move on…NEXT. Leave the real editing to the pros.

New Release

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The explosive third book in the Bay series takes us further inside Hollywood’s marvelous golden era with mind bending twists and razor sharp accuracy. Jean Harlow is there, breathtakingly beautiful and close enough to feel the heat of her body on your skin. Horror legend and gentle heart Bela Lugosi is shown in another light than the public perceives. Thomas brings these and others to life and weaves them into this fascinating tale of an elusive serial killer wreaking havoc in the community. Hunting the killer is the man called Bay, and Bay is determined to bring an end to the killings once and for all, or die trying.