Author Archives: jguenther5

Cover Poll – True Map of the City

Which cover do you think is most likely to make you want to open the book? (Note: ignore the red border on  Cover #1). What do you think it’s about? Any suggestions are most welcome.           … Continue reading

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Book Review: My Father’s Keeper by Norbert Lebert

My Father’s Keeper (2001) is the story of the children of upper echelon Nazis, the sons and daughters of Himmler, Hess, Goering, and others. German journalists Stephan Lebert and his son Norbert conducted their interviews in 1959 and 2000, respectively. … Continue reading

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Our Yardstick is Bent: the NYT Best Sellers List

The NYT once testified that their best selling book list is editorial content, not news content. In other words, it’s not an objective measure of books’ worth OR popularity. In 1983, author William Peter Blatty sued The New York Times … Continue reading

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“Needs Tightening”

These two dread words, when found without further explanation in a critique, signal oncoming angst for the writer. We all know what ‘tightening’ means in theory. In practice, it can include anything from removing a few words here and there, … Continue reading

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The Awful Truth About Writing & Writers

I was at lunch with a group of writers the other day, and something I said resonated with the group. I summarized it in the meme I’ve created, below. I’ve posted this on Twitter and Facebook; might as well put … Continue reading

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“The Universal Plot”

Take a trip back to the 80’s and see what was known then as The Universal Plot. Its origins are obscure, but I suspect that it was generated by someone in Southwest Manuscripters back around 1980. My copy shows no … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blitzed, by Norman Ohler

Norman Ohler’s Blitzed is an extensively researched book that provides another view of Hitler’s Germany. Despite Der Fuehrer’s official (and hypocritical) pretence of abstemiousness, he did eat meat, and he did drink, and he did have a mistress. We can … Continue reading

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Beta Readers Wanted

I’ve slated another book for release this year. It’s currently in third draft, an enrichment draft where details will be fleshed out and the character’s arc enhanced. The current word count is 21,000, well into novella* territory, with about 80 … Continue reading

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Goodreads Giveaway: Mouth of the Lion

Enter for a chance to win one of 10 paperback copies of my historical novel/espionage thriller, “In the Mouth of the Lion.”  The Giveaway ends in about 1 month (February 16, 2017). For details, follow this link to Goodreads: giveaway … Continue reading

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Previewing Your Book — “Look Inside”

One of the more powerful sales features of Amazon is its ability to let on-line shoppers take a lengthy peek at your book. A couple of clicks and the shopper can read your title page, your copyright statement, your preface, … Continue reading

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