Garlic Steamed Mussels (short story)

Great Lakes Horror Company will be publishing my short story, Garlic Steamed Mussels in the second volume of their anthology, Group Hex. I'm excited to have my story included in a publication with so many great horror writers. Watch for my new psychological thriller short this fall — in Group Hex II (FALL 2017)

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Book Review — Inferno by Dan Brown

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4) by Dan Brown Robert Smith (TyCobbsTeeth)'s review March 14, 2017 bookshelves: owned-paperbacks Inferno sets up fast. The story starts from several directions. Characters are brought along nicely, developing as the story lines converge. Like most of the books in this series, I find I learned a lot about the location and …

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How to Get Your Book Reviewed: Tips for Small Press and Self-Published Authors

Book reviews are a great tool to increase book sales, they work much better than paid ads. While big publishers have their own, established venues of gathering reviews for their new releases, small press and self-published authors, who need reviews perhaps even more, often do not know where to turn. In case if you are …

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7 Great Ways to Promote Your eBook

Today producing books (e or p) has never been easier, but promoting them has never been more difficult. There is a lot of noise in both online and offline media, and trying to get attention is challenging for sure. However, publishing a book is a dream come true for every author so if you have …

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Audiobook Publishers Chart Growth Among and Beyond Ebook Readers

I was at a family function a few months ago when my uncle pulled me into the next room and handed me a pair of earbuds. “Listen to some of this.” Over the sonorous British narrator whose voice filled my ears with talk of fresh peas and someone named ‘Legrandin,’ I could hear my uncle shout, “Proust!” …

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Plot Holes Take the Bite Out of Your Story!

Disjointed Jottings by Robert Smith (A.K.A. TyCobbsTeeth)

Tweet, Tweet — Twiddle, Twiddle, here comes another plot with a hole in the middle.

If you fail to explain how A connects to B, or state something that doesn’t make sense (without explanation), then you have left a plot hole.

You want your readers to get swept away in your story and be completely immersed. A plot hole can destroy that experience. If the reader drops out of the ride, in order to examine something that doesn’t make sense, you’ve lost them.

You may be too close to the story to see the holes. As you read through it, those gaps may be appear bridged, since the story did come from your head. The answers to those questions are in your noggin, so it doesn’t seem off. Have someone else read through your book, to make sure you didn’t leave any plot holes.

Remember, the reader badly wants to…

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