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“Novak’s Mission” featured on Deborah Kalb’s book blog.

Deborah Kalb interviewed me about my latest novel, Novak’s Mission, for her popular book blog. Read it here. Thanks, Deborah.

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“Novak’s Mission” Live Launch

Join me for a half-hour Facebook live of Novak’s Mission on Thursday, August 27, and 8pm EDT. Find details on my Facebook Author’s Page. Novak’s Mission is a police procedural set in a Pittsburgh-area borough. It is as much about the relationship between Chief Karol Novak and his wife, Barbara, as it is about crime, […]

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Pittsburgh Writing Workshop

I will be at the 2020 Pittsburgh Writing Workshop, a one-day writers conference on March 28. Join me: https://pittsburghwritingworkshop.com/

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Positive critique from Writer’s Digest

I entered Sins of Omission in the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. While I did not win, I won all 4’s and 5’s on a five-point scale for Structure, Organization, and Pacing; Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar; Production Quality and Cover Design; Plot and Story Appeal; and Voice and Writing Style. I was most […]

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Jim’s writing rules

Adverbs aren’t all bad. Using gerunds to begin every sentence, as do NBC field reporters, is unacceptable, but their occasional use is fine. It is also acceptable to employ an occasional sentence in passive voice. Always use a subject and verb. Except when not. I hope this helps.