Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tough love

Hey, gang....

I hope your Thanksgiving was nice and wonderful and all those great adverbs. Something got posted on social media today that--well, I'm sorry, but it really gripes my cookies.

Being a writer, I get exposed to a lot of writer's groups, social media pages, and hangouts for writers. Today someone complained about not being able to get their novel looked at by an agent or published by a publisher and they couldn't figure out why.

Judging by their post I could see why. Misspellings, bad grammar, and just poor writing filled their media rant. Did I mention the use of the word YOU'RE instead of YOUR? If their manuscript looks like that, it's already gone in the trash pile if it's been seen.

There are hundreds of books published every year--many more if you count self published. Your name is on that book--for God's sakes, do everything you can to make it the best you can be. Writing takes practice and lots of work. Brush up on your English, use spellcheck, and get an editor. A friend who is good in grammar is a valuable friend. He/she might not be able to help you with plot holes or story pace, but nothing can wreck a good story for me than to see bad spelling, punctuation, and grammar. True, none of us are perfect and that's why we all have editors, but really?

You might even be able to go to a local college and snag an English student to proof it for a few bucks. Anything would be better than letting it go as it is.

Even my social media posts get edited before I hit the send button. How can I expect people to take me seriously as a writer if I can't string a sentence together on Facebook? And I see it all the time from people who want to know why they can't seem to get a brake (see what I did there?)

English is one of your major tools. You need to learn to use it well. I keep a copy of The Elements of Style  on the shelf next to my desk for easy reference. It can usually handle most any grammar problem I have. The better my copy is, the less work for the editor and the better writer you become.

It really does annoy me. Don't be that annoying person. Take the time and go through your manuscript and clean it up. It will always be beneficial to you in the end.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving wishes

I would like to wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving from all of my family to yours.
We have so much to be thankful for here in the Nichols household. I will get to spend this week with both of my children, my wife of course, and my brother, whom I haven't shared a holiday with in some time.

May your Thanksgiving be full of family, friends, and food. Please take a moment and give thanks for all that we have and remember those less fortunate than us. Please remember those soldiers who are away from family this holiday season, and for those first responders out there working while we are enjoying the time off.

As always, thanks for your support.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

HINDSIGHT is on Audio!

HINDSIGHT, Author Rick Nichols’ latest thriller featuring John Logan, is now available... as a top quality audiobook produced by Radio Archives.
Five years ago Janine Tolley died of what the cops said was a drug overdose. Her daughter Madisyn doesn’t believe it and wants to hire John Logan to find the truth. Maddie is 14, homeless, and Logan believes she simply doesn’t want to face some hard facts about her mom’s death--until men try to snatch Maddie from under his nose. Then witnesses lie to him. And more questions are raised.
What Logan thought would be a quick case turns into a twisted tale of greed, love spurned, bad business, and a man who wants to be governor. The case will put Logan at odds with the detectives who speak for the dead, as well as the man who leads them, Lt. Jake Ross. It’s a race to the truth as Logan searches for the truth while trying to keep an orphaned girl alive. HINDSIGHT: A John Logan Thriller by Rick Nichols. From Pro Se Productions
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hey gang, just checking in and saying hello.

Sorry for my lack of posting but this is a really busy time for me at my day job and I come home pretty well tired mentally and physically.

THE JUDAS MAN is in the hands of my publisher with a 2018 date to hit the shelves. As usual, I'll let you know when it happens.

I hope you all are well.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Post Irma

Hello there.

We are safe and sound after Hurricane Irma battered Florida. Six days without power but we managed to survive and the house is intact.

A shout out to all the Emergency Management people here in the county, first responders, and to the line crews who had the state up to 95% restored in a week. The crew that restored power to my neighborhood was from Oklahoma. I made sure I thanked them.

One tragedy of things was the complete loss of a Logan short story THE SORENSON AFFAIR that I had promised to release perhaps next year. My laptop blew a gasket and though I had it backed up, the backup copy has mysteriously vanished.

I hope that this blog post finds you and your loved ones well. I have friends who have families and friends in Puerto Rico. Please pray or send good vibes and help in any way you can with that devastated nation.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Random thoughts on a Saturday

Good morning, dear readers:

It's a beautiful Saturday morning here in Florida. The sun is out, golf may be in my future today, and I have chess to play and words to write as well. I hope this finds you well and loved.

1) I just read an article that says loneliness is becoming the number one problem in America. I find that an interesting thing, since technology has supposedly connected us better than ever. I think people are finding out that it does not replace one on one personal interaction. Go anywhere now and you see the masses huddled on their devices. I'm guilty as well.

As we delve deeper and deeper into cyberspace, we are rapidly losing our ability to establish personal connections with people. Relationships are getting harder and harder to maintain and porn and self gratification replaces marriage and intimacy.

I've stepped back from social media and my phone in an attempt to unplug somewhat from this cyberworld. I know....I'm not exactly an Internet powerhouse anyway. But I'm constantly being bombarded with messages, alerts, texts, sometimes on multiple devices at once. It's too much and unneeded.

Put down the phone and actually talk to someone today. Maybe your spouse, or even better your kids.

2) Another thought: Love him or hate him, (and there are reasons to do both) I've decided instead of bashing our President on N Korea, I'm going to pray for him. Pray for him, those of you of faith, that God will give him the wisdom and patience to make the right decisions. Not just him, but our military leaders as well as Congress. Pray for our military. This veteran appreciates it.

3) Computers and my wife do not go together.

4) Got to spend dinner last night with my son and his girlfriend. She is very sweet and they seem good together. My daughter remains in Atlanta working on her second year of Pharmacy residency. Very proud of these kids o' mine.

5) Lastly, thanks so much for your support and I always welcome your feedback.


Friday, July 28, 2017

the ever present question

"How many more Logan novels are you going to write?"

I get that question a lot. From family, friends, and fans, everyone wants to know when the next book is coming out, if Logan and Teri are going to ever say I do, will Killian find true love, etc.

I love writing John Logan. Let's be very clear about that. I love the character, I love his friends. Teri and Killian are just as much a part of my life as Logan himself now. Even crusty Jake Ross has grown on me. I love Coral Bay. In my mind I've sat on Logan's houseboat and watched the sun sparkle over the Bay Bridge and the blue waters of the Bay a million times. For me, Coral Bay is a fascinating place and I've had several readers who say they'd love to live there.

But writing a series is tough work, especially if you want to keep things fresh. That is the trouble you run into when you write a series. The fact that Parker churned out so many Spenser novels or that Gardner wrote so many Perry Mason books astounds me. Some of the Spenser books were weaker than others and you could tell he was struggling to work things out or simply writing to fulfill a deadline or contract.

I don't want to do that with John Logan. I want to keep it fresh and exciting and throw in the typical mystery combined with action that you readers enjoy. I want to keep the houseboat conversations with Teri and Logan and have them talk about things and make love and keep an air of familiarity to it. After all most of us have routines or things in our lives that are familiar. Safe. Human beings are, by nature, creatures of habit and Logan and crew are no different.

But I want to keep the cases fresh and the mysteries intriguing and it can be a challenge at times. Right now there are two more novels in the can and so that gives me some time to come up with more fiendishly clever stories. But if I feel that a particular story is weak or needs more work, it won't see the light of day until I feel it is ready. You spend your hard earned money to buy them...I want to make it worth your while.

Thanks for your support. I really mean it.