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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.

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Lower price on “Sins of Omission”

I have just lowered the price of my first book, Sins of Omission, to $2.99 for the ebook and $12.99 for the printed copy. (This may take a few hours to show up, so be patient.) You can grab your copy through my universal link. This will match the ebook price of my second book, […]

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“Breaking News” available

My second novel, Breaking News, is now available for preorder. It will be released by Amazon on October 8, 2019 and on all other platforms on October 16. Breaking News is a prequel to my first novel, Sins of Omission, and concerns a crucial element in the backstory of my protagonist, Alan Rudberg. Rudberg is […]

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“Breaking News” to be released next week.

My second book, “Breaking News” will be out next week through all major ebook retailers and in print. It is a prequel to “Sins of Omission.” detailing the libel suit against journalist Alan Rudberg which was part of the backstory to “Sins.” It is told in the first person and is not strictly a mystery. […]

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Prologues in a novel

Experts preach that a well-written novel doesn’t need a prequel. The prologue to my first novel, Sins of Omission, has drawn more remarks from readers than any other. Colleagues at Pittsburgh South Writer’s Group dissected the first two chapters of my next, so-far-untitled novel last night. Amid the many complimentary comments, this advice that fixes […]