An enlightening article by guest writer David Craig (Neil Glass)

In 2004, I wrote a whistle-blowing book RIP-OFF! The Scandalous Inside Story of the Management Consulting Money Machine. I sent the book to all the main literary agents and got enough pre-printed refusal letters to wallpaper a medium-sized house. But just as I was about to give up, one agent actually read my book and offered to represent me. (The fact that this agent takes the time to look at all submissions, however awful many of them are, may be the reason this agent has been the world’s best-selling agent for the last four years)

However, getting an agent is only half the battle and although my agent was convinced my book would sell, he couldn’t get any publishers to buy it. That left me with a difficult choice – bin the book or publish it myself. In those days there wasn’t any CreateSpace. So I set up my own publishing company, The Original Book Company, with myself, Neil Glass, as CEO, secretary, PR person, cleaner and general gofor. Then, to disguise that this book was a self publish, I invented a name for the author – David Craig.

As the book was quite controversial, I was fortunate enough to get some journalists writing articles about it and have sold about 8,000 copies.

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From Scott:

After an extended (and unintentional) blogging absence, I’ve returned with a series on criminal legal processes. These entries will offer some guidance to writers who wish to include criminal proceedings in their writing and to do so with a degree of accuracy.

As a disclaimer, I would like you to keep in mind that this will all be based upon Illinois criminal law. The exact terms and procedures may vary from state to state. Chicago may also be a bit different, as the Illinois Legislature has passed a number of laws that specifically exempt (or only apply to) Chicago. The federal system is a whole different beast, but I intend to touch on that as well. With all that in mind, let’s dive right in.

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From Rick:

I received some interesting comments on the previous post on this topic from my good friend and a fellow Director of Silver Pen Perry McDaid.

Perry pointed out that I had erred in my statement “We generally don’t talk while engaged in violent action.” I had also said that dialogue and actions shown as happening almost simultaneously is not a reasonable expectation. After thinking about this and weighing Perry’s remarks, I need to rephrase and clarify some of what I said.

First, let’s look at the brief scene I wrote my PREVIOUS POST.


(1) “How dare you call me a slut!” Sheila said, grabbing a plate and throwing it at me.


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