Book Cover Reveal for Taking the Mystery out of Business

Thanks to all of you who submitted votes for your preferred version of the new book cover for Taking the Mystery out of Business. I received lots of input, and truly appreciate it. As you can see, the blue cover was the favorite, followed by the green cover. Stay tuned for the book’s release date. April is coming soon… Cover by Shawn Jewett. Feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in him doing any artwork for you!

Cast a vote for your favorite book cover!

Many thanks to cover artist, Shawn Jewett, for designing the cover for the 2nd edition of Taking the Mystery out of Business, which will be released in mid-April. I can’t decide which color I like best, can you help me decide? I’ll announce the “winning” book cover late in the day on Wednesday, March 18th.  

What’s your favorite color …

What’s YOUR favorite color … blue or red or green? Because I’ll be unveiling the book cover for the second edition of Taking the Mystery out of Business on FRIDAY and I can’t decide which color I like the best. On any given day, I’ll generally pick red or green, but I REALLY like the blue cover. So, now I’m having an especially difficult time making up my mind. Of course, the cover artist (Shawn Jewett) does such beautiful work, it would never been an easy process to pick just one. Check back here on the blog, or on any

How often do you use “very?”

I find myself using the word very lately, as in something is very important or very stupid. (I also use really in a similar fashion, and actually, but I’m going to stick with very today.) If something’s important (or stupid), how does does very make it more so? Aren’t the words important and stupid explicit enough on their own without having to define degrees of importance and stupidity? Grammatically speaking, how correct is it to modify an adjective with another adjective? Why do we use adjectives anyway? Sure, the red car distinguishes it from the blue and green ones but why

Guest Post by Francis Powell

After posting my last blog post, Francis Powell reached out to me from across the pond to share his take on short stories. Powell was born in England and currently lives in France, where he writes prose and poetry. This is what he had to say: Short Stories Like a thirty second advertisement, with a short story you have to pack a lot of information into a short space. You need to put an explosive first sentence that grabs the reader’s attention right from the off and immediately grabs their attention. I have read short stories that are fairly abstract,

Do You Write Short Stories?

Once upon a time, if you wrote short stories, you could make some serious money doing so. Nowadays, writing short stories isn’t so lucrative. At least not if you measure success in the form of money. Four years ago, I entered the first short story I ever wrote to the 16th annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. I loved that story but sadly, it didn’t place in the top 25–which it needed to do to receive honorable mention and publication in the compilation edition. I was really surprised that the story didn’t receive mention, so I decided to conduct

Get it Write December 2019 is now available

You can get a sneak preview of my newsletter, Get it Write, by clicking this link: https://mailchi.mp/534090fb3342/linda-mchenrys-get-it-write-december-2019 If you ever miss a copy of either of my newsletters, just visit the Newsletters link in the link bar at the top of any page in the website.    

My Take on the BEST Writing Tool

I attended the New England Crime Bake last month for the second year in a row. Once again, I came home with the BEST advice and innumerable insights that have helped me immeasurably with my writing. This year, one of the panelists at a workshop I attended, a multi-published author, mentioned that she uses Scrivener to write her books and wouldn’t consider writing a book using any other tools/software. I checked the software out, was impressed, and downloaded the free trial. What appealed to me about the software was its claims that I could not only write my book in