review

April 19, 2018

Free Passes Don’t Exist

The publishing industry doesn’t give any free passes. Ever opportunity, conversation, meeting, email, and phone call has a price. Nothing is free for anyone. What is the price? Time. Time is the most valuable currency that a writer, publisher, editor, or agent has to give. Those emails, phone calls, etc. also have a finite price tag. Someone is on the clock somewhere, but those dollars […]
March 19, 2018

Three Spellchecking Tools

  Every writer struggle with spell checking their own writing.  It’s just how our minds work. Thankfully, technology allows us to have different options on spell checking our work. Some of those options are contained within word-processing software such as Microsoft Word, Scrivener, and many others. I’ve included in this post three tech tools for authors that will help you spellcheck your work. PRO WRITING […]
February 13, 2018

What’s BookBub?

As an agent, I often come across authors and industry professionals who have no idea what BookBub is. BookBub is currently the single best promotion opportunity for any eBook and it is highly sought after by authors and publishers in the “know”. So, what is BookBub? BookBub is a free opt-in daily email that sends free and discounted eBook deals to your inbox. It notifies […]
January 19, 2018

Acquiring Unbiased Beta Readers

Last year, I wrote a series of short stories. I wanted to self-publish them in order to build my newsletter mailing list, but I needed to find unbiased Beta readers who could give me “real” feedback. I didn’t want to ask my friends and family, for fear they would give me the standard pat on the back or false approval.   I wanted raw feedback. […]
December 14, 2017

Defeat Deadlines

Do you wish you could beat writing deadlines, the smart way? Well, now you can! If you have ever struggled to beat deadlines, or struggled to hold yourself accountable to deadlines that you set yourself, be relieved. Modern research has provided some powerful insight to human psyche. M.I.T. the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently completed a study. In the study they tested whether or not […]
November 15, 2017

Are you an Author or an Artist?

Are you an author or an artist? These words author and artist are not as similar as they sound. Some gifted individuals can be both, but in actuality, most people are one or the other. In the writing world, these terms are often mutually exclusive of each other. They don’t have to be, but the majority of writer’s fall in one category or another. The […]
October 24, 2017

Weed Words Explained

Have you ever read through your manuscript only to realize the same words keep popping up like weeds in a garden? If your answer is yes, relax—we all do it. In the flurry of keystrokes, some words just appear. You didn’t want them. You don’t remember thinking them. But nevertheless, they sprout like common weeds. Your mind can often add unintentional words to your writing. […]
September 14, 2017

Two-Dimensional Character Artist

A master novelist paints his story with dynamic two-dimensional characters. The characters are woven into the story like puzzle pieces. Each is important to the final picture, but standing alone they bring no significant revelation to the final image. Two-dimensional characters are flat. They lack depth, are partially developed, and often are stereotypically inclined. But stories need two-dimensional characters. They bring the story to life, […]
August 14, 2017

“Touch” Writing: 5 Senses

Different body parts experience the sensation of touch in unique ways. Fingertips have heightened levels of sensitivity, but the tip of an elbow is desensitized. Depending on how you touch on object with certain body parts the feeling or experience will be different and should be described relative to the sensation. A few weeks ago I went camping in Northern Michigan. As I hung my […]
July 19, 2017

“Taste” Writing: 5 Senses

Now that we’ve taken a deeper look at two of the senses, sound and sight. Let’s take a more in depth look at one of the hardest senses to describe in some settings—taste. All great authors write using the five senses, and the best know how to incorporate just a touch of taste to highlight an emotion, experience, or mood, or to fill out a […]
June 22, 2012

Brave – Movie Review

For those of you excited to see Disney Pixar’s Brave, here is the review.
June 15, 2012

Cyle’s Smiles – John Carter (Movie Review)

This was an o.k. movie.  Not good, not great, but just above average. I give one thumbs up for John Carter being worth a viewing. The visuals, sets, and scenery, were awesome But, the movie sometimes lulled me to sleep with it’s slow pace. The movie is could be o.k. for younger children if they can handle watching movies with aliens in them. Check out […]
June 13, 2012

Cyle’s Smiles – Avengers

I have not seen all the movies I have provided links to the pluggedin.com reviews for.  I provide the links for your ease of reference. What I have learned is that many of you just want to know what I thought of the movie and you want to know it very quickly.  So, I have devised Cyle’s Smiles. Cyle’s Smiles is my review of the […]
June 10, 2012

Madagascar 3 Review

Did you know that lions get homesick too? All Alex can think of is getting he and his pals—Marty the zebra, Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe—back to their comfy cages in the Central Park Zoo. They’ve been off on their travels far too long. (Two movies too long, to be precise.) So they all make their way into Monte Carlo to find their […]