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TheFirst scene in Chapter one

I have covered figuring out your Concept and Premise of your novel (scroll down and find it on my blog). That is step one.

I take it for granted you know your genre.

Your first scene in your first chapter should set up the precipating event.

in my novel Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Cleveland,

Alan Burke dialed the phone while simultaneously trying to ligh...

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What is an Edit?

Many new writers have an incorrect idea of what an edit consists of and what edits they need. Not only how many edits but what does each edit accomplish. You as an author soon realize where your strengths and weakness lie.

When I started out I thought editing consisted of all th...

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Why is it so Hard to Build a Team?

Why is it so difficult to form a team?

In all the years I served in the military as an infantry officer, none of my company commanders, battalion commanders, regimental commanders, or division commanders ever interviewed me to ask how they could help me be a better officer, what my career aspirations were, or how my abilities could be used to better their command.

In all the years I served as a teacher, not one principal interviewed me to ask me how they might make me a better teacher, what car...

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New novel coming out!

Hello folks...just want you to know I will have another Gunny Mac novel coming out this is a bit of teaser....

Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Tomahawk Gap.

Gunny Mac and the detectives you have grown to love are back once again to stop the killing of Henry Running Bear, a Navajo Code talker who served with the boys on Guadacanal.

Someone wants the cod...

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Marketing Companies. Understand Who They Are and What They Do


                                             Veracity: Conformity to facts; accuracy,

Probity: The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty, and decency.

Most likely, the two words above are spoken infrequently in one's daily conversations. Or, for that matter, are not part of a typical businessman's or woman's thoughts. 

On the other hand, these words are likely to be separate from the clie...

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You Can Do Your Own Marketing!


I have decided, after much deliberation, not to waste any more money paying groups or individuals my hard-earned money to market my books. I will explain to you why. Recently, on LinkedIn, where I try to mind my own business and share ideas, I get inundated with people trying to sell...

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Real Men...Real Hero's on this Memorial Day


My private detective series, Gunny Mac Private Detective features four unique characters and three side characters that could almost carry a story by themselves. Unique in the sense, each bring characteristics that convey strength, weakness, humor, and a hardness which allows them to fight and possibly die for their honor.


I didn't mean to take away from my protagonist Gunny Mac, but his personality made men of character want to be around...

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What Writing Software Do I Recommend?


I realize google doesn't want to promote articles unless they are a thousands words or more but I'm not going to do that. I cut the fluff and I get to the point.

Your time is valuable, so is mine.

I have been writing novels for five plus years. I have listened to hundreds of gurus on podcasts, w...

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Writers Block


Ohio weather is far behind, and I hope my friends are comfortable and warm.


While I have been away enjoyin...

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Literary Agents...Who are They?


Just a note... I wanted to say a few words about people who claim to dislike literary agents, as if there is a plot to keep us authors from being discovered. If that is the case, as an infantry officer who has gone through many training schools to avoid capture in various climes, they are really good! Especially how they get away from me, LOL! Here are a few of my thoughts.

Every job has its fun parts, and every job can make you feel overwhelmed by the sheer force of the job. Too much work, insufficient time, boss constraints, talent, deadlines, how much money you must make for the company to keep your job... I could go on and on, but why bore you with facts you already know. Being a literary agent must be a job that is hell on earth. There are so many books to look at and decide what will sell and what won't. After a while, being in a sort of bubble, you begin to lose the ability to know what is good or bad or what will sell. You start to lose perspective, like a person who rates restaurants and must eat food every day. Tastes start to mingle together, taste buds get overworked, and food becomes an enemy. You lose the zeal to eat food. They may look at the next book like I do after a Thanksgivin...

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Wisdom #6: A Letter to a Marketing Company



Good morning. I wrote a blog post, "Why is it so hard to form a publishing team." (Visit my author website at to read.) I have been a businessman, a Marine Corps officer, and a high school teacher. Now I write novels. I only do business with people who see me as a partner, not a client, as a friend, not a means to an end. Over the years, I have worked with editors who demand outrageous sums of money and deliver really bad results. Website designers who demand outrageous sums of money to take a year to develop a horrible site that does not allow me to change the website or do what they say it will do. I have worked with professional marketers who take my money and deliver nothing. I have sold more of my books than a marketing company I have hired. Companies in this day and age lack probity, employ legal thievery, and hire people with no conscience or desire to do their job correctly. Instead of looking at me as an author... as a potential source of income, they decide to take the money first and hell with me. No longer do I do that. I'm looking for an editor to join my team, but they will earn that right by editing for me first and completing the job before I pay them. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Just think of clients who have to pay and hope for results—that is even funnier! My team consists of an actual artist who does my covers; now he is my friend who knows me and knows he will get paid b...

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Partnership Between Scene and Sequel


 A Guide to Constructing Scenes and Sequels in Fiction Writing 

 When it comes to writing scenes and sequels, most fiction novelists have their own individual approaches. However, there are some common elements that can help a new writer create vivid, effective scenes and sequels in their stories. In this blog post, we’ll explore the essential elements of scene and sequel construction so you can start incorporating them into your work. 

Scenes vs Sequels - What’s the Difference?&nb...

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Be Careful About Publishers


Update: Author Complaints at Adelaide Books

Author: Victoria Strauss
Categories: Small Press Complaints


In early 2021, as part of a post about several troubled small presses, I wrote about mounting problems at New York-based Adelaide Books, as evidenced by an increasing number of author complaints about delays, poor editing, terrible communication on the part of Adelaide's owner, Stevan Nikolic, and lagging royalty payments.



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How to Write Dialogue


1. Use Quote Marks and a comma.

Before your dialogue starts puts a quotation mark at the front and the back.


"I'm  not going through with it," she said.

A comma is used because you have a dialogue tag (she said) to identify the speaker.

"I hate you," shouted Betty. 

2: When you have another speaker answering the one before it; create a new paragraph indicating a new speaker.

As you can see with this dialogue it is confusing... donot do this.

“I don't like the color blue it makes me look fat," said Lucy." "No it doesn't, it makes you look skinny,"said her hus...

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When Writer's See a Train Coming at Them!


I have joined many facebook groups to gain an insight how new writers think. Once in a while I hear a poor voice in the wilderness crying out for help. It is a pitiful voice and I fight against answering the call for help. My Catholism overcomes the tiny voice of reason... don't do it! And yes I answer. Usually with the best of what I have learned in my life. I use passion, experience, truth and reason. These words develop into knowledge and wisdom.

That is a mistake my fellow writers. In todays society those four words I mentioned above are not utilized, learned, appreciate...

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# 6 Wisdom


Many people ask the question...where do you get your ideas from? Well, I will confess to you 99% of the time I  find them. You have heard me say over and over again-write about what you have knowledge of and what you are passionate about. I love history...I know alot about history...

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Software to Help You Write Better.


Look... I write like the old black and white movies about heroic newspapermen of the 1940s and 1950s. You know when the story was everything and so was the truth. Men who went after the scoop because it was their job to bring out real facts to the American public. 

I'm not saying I'm heroic, only that I'm usually behind the times because I don't like the times we are living in. 

And I am not a techno guy. I barely can type on my computer and if I run i...

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Your Characters Write the Novel


We are spending January, February, and March at Seabrook Island and Beaufort, South Carolina. The weather has been beautiful, and I've been writing, writing, and writing onward to my goal of completing my third novel, Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Tomahawk Gap.

The best part is I've gotten to love my characters, and I know them so well they basically write the novel for me, like giving free rein to a horse. They react to my story and events, and I go along for the ride. I guess that happe...

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Wisdom # 5 How to Combat Low Esteem


So true...I remember in high school I read Napoleon Hill's masterpiece, "Think and Grow Rich." In his book he says, 'what the mind can conceive and believe in, it can achieve'. Writing a novel is no different. Think about it for a second! I told a young man a while back, who was having confidence issues, you are not alone buddy, most of us average men and women have the same issues. We as writers must not make writing a novel bigger than ourselves. There are millions of libraries with millions of books, by millions of authors. We have a computer between our ears, we need to engage whatever resources we have and write. I believe as Hill states we must form a mastermind group that will help us succeed. A group of people we trust to guide us as we progress through a book. I have a small group, an audio narrator, a cover designer, and a book format expert. They care about me and want my book to be the best. They tell me things about my book knowing I will respond in a thankful way because it is impossible to hurt my feelings...I know I do not possess zero defects and people are much more capable at a lot of things than me. I'm so thankful for any help they give me. Becoming a writer is like getting older and growing up. At first; as a child some things are difficult but as we age and learn and grow riding that bicycle is easy, and then driving a car. A writer starts out as an infant with little knowledge and...

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You can write a Novel


Featured Author Steven G. Walker

Featured Interview With Author Steven G. Walker

Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Raised in Cleveland, Ohio in a Slovenian and Italian neighborhood. Until I published my second novel…Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Cleveland did I realize what an impact Cleveland made on me.

I served during two decades as an Infantry officer and I now live in central Ohio on a small farm with my wife and two border collies. Molly the border collie and Beauregard Pierre Townsend Walker a tricolor 75 pound...

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Selected to be an Ambassador for the Military Writers Society of America


  I'm proud to be a new member of the Military Writers Society of America.

As an Ambassador I will travel to different locations and help veterans tell their stories. Hopefully I can guide them from writer to published author.

If you know a veteran that wants to share their stories and help save treasured memories and experiences please have them contact me or give me their contact information and I will contact them.

My email address is:

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My Marketing Morass


I'm writing this article surrounded by my two Border Collies... Miss Molly and Beauregard Pierre Townsend Walker, a 75-pound tri-colored Border Collie. They are much smarter than me, and I often ask them for help. They just look at me as if to say, "Hey, we helped you write the last two novels, but we can't do everything."


And by the way, Beau said I didn't fully fulfill my cookie contract and he wasn't going to wor...

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#4 Wisdom


A new writer... if you want to make money; is undertaking  a serious venture into the unknown. 

I mean where is the book that is published covering every aspect of creating a business writing novels?

If you found one it would be at least few thousand pages long, weigh many pounds and cost hundreds of dollars...and the person tr...

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Interview with Steven Osarczuk


Seadog Publishing Presents...Steven Osarczuk


Today we have the honor of interviewing Steven Osarczuk our narractor that does all of Seadog Publishing narration of our novels. 

You may listen to the the interview or read it.

1.        Please tell us about yourself?

Well, I've been an audiobook narrator and voice over artist for a few years now. Prior to that I was self employed as a custom woodworker/ carpenter and ran my own woodshop for about 10 years. Before that, I was a law enforcement officer for 27 years. I started as a communications officer in Dispatch and worked my way through the ranks to Lieutenant, commander of operations. I oversaw day to day operations, training, the Detective Division and the Tactical Officers Division and Internal Affairs. I myself was a Critical Incident and Crisis Manager as well as a Hostage Negotiator on the tactical response team. I am also a fine arts painter with a focus on Photo Realism and Art History  - which was my major in college. I'm a father of three adult children and Papa to one very special grandson. M...

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Marketing Your Novel


Marketing is an area that takes much time to master, and money. Not only do you have to write an entertaining book, but it must be edited correctly, the cover must be just right, and the writer must be one tough cookie. A writer friend once told me that you don't start making your money back until you have at least five of six books published in multiple formats. It's expensive and time consuming. The knowledge base you must have is enormous. Building out your Amazon page, blurbs, author website, and education is almost heartbreaking. A writer must look long term and not be looking to make immediate money... (my opinion only) because od...

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Elements or Structure of a Novel


The picture you see is the cover of my second can tell just from the cover who these characters are and the story behind them!


We will begin the thought process of writing a novel like a builder builds a house...ground level. I don't want to confuse the beginner novelist so I just want throw out some ideas you may want to consider in your writing. They are important in deciding how you...

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Writing Wisdom # 3


I often scan facebook writing groups and I see new writers talk about writers they can't seem to figure out the next scene or event that will take place. 

In my humble opinion there are reasons for that.

A. You lack knowledge of what you are writing about. You have a great idea, but you are writing in a vacuum; you have an idea...but no connection to a stream of consciousness. 

B. Your background is limited. You have not run into situations that produce real l...

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Writing Wisdom #1


I have spent five years trying to learn how to write a novel...I read twenty books on fiction technique, I attended numerous writers conferences, I listened to 100 blogcasts, reviewed at least three hundred writing websites, and have reviewed over thirty writing facebook groups. What have I learned?

I learned how to write by writng over one million words in the process of writing my first novel.

I have over four hundred undergraduate hours and over 140 graduate hours.

Guess what?...

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Writing Wisdom #2


Two years ago, an event changed my life. I spent fifty dollars to attend a writers' conference in Columbus, Ohio. I walked in just before the writing guru started. The seating capacity was for fifty or sixty people and there was one seat left with a table of eight women. I was mortified...the whole room consisted of women except for me, and Larry Brooks the speaker. I was waiting for Larry to take off his shirt and show his muscled pecks because I thought...

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Interview for Red Headed Book Lover


Interview for Red Headed Book Lover                              

By Aimee Cook, originally published on


1. Thank you for joining us at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio in a Slovak family. My mother never finished the eighth grade to help support her family and my dad did not finish high school because he e...

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Hard-boiled Private Detective


Move on over Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett there is a new hard-boiled detective novelist on the scene presenting his latest book, Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Chinatown!

I started writing about private eyes, shamus, gumshoes, privat...

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Lesson 2: It Starts Here: Concept and Premise


As an Architect and Builder of a story, the very first step is figuring out your CONCEPT and PREMISE.

Your novel begins right here.
Concept and Premise
You must understand these two concepts.
If you do your novel will be much easier to write.







  • A protagonist whose life is interrupted...

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Lesson 5: What is a Scene?


I will use the beginning scene in my third novel Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Tomahawk Gap as an example.

We shall use some scenes from my novel Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Chinatown to illustrate what a scene should do in Lesson 6

PS. This is not a scene!

What is the purpose of a scene? It has only one main job…to drive the story forward!!! If it doesn’t move the story along what is its purpose?

Forget it k...

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Lesson 4: Gunny Mac Private Detective. How did I Start?


As I stated in one of my earlier lessons I had a framework that I wanted to write around but I had no story. Here are those individual items I wanted to write about.

I wanted to write about events in the 1940s and 1950s because I love that time period.

I have a certain genre I love.

I always have a main character that I love.

I always have a sense of the story I love

I love dogs…so they are in my novels.

I’m Catholic, and some of my heroes...

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Lesson 3: The Novelist is Both the Architect and the Builder of a Novel


So Much Information Out There!

I had a degree…I had my Masters of Science…I thought I should know how to write a novel. I certainly had read enough of them. I started to look over my favorite fiction novels and I went through them with different colored pens. Blue for narration, yellow for dialogue, green for different tags ie. he said, she said, etc., etc. I circled adverbs because they were supposed to be the evil of writing. I used purple for any information on the setting. I h...

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Lesson 6: Scene Construction


Below this picture is the last two scenes in Chapter 1 of my novel: Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Chinatown. I will explain to you what each scene represents and why.


My first Chapter was designed to do a few things.

  • Introduce Gunny Mac and Gunny Wojo
  • I needed to show the reader who Gunny Mac was and why he had to leave the Marine Corps after getting terribly wounded on Guadalcanal in 1942.
  • The audience now know...

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Lesson 1: What You Write About You Should Love


In this lesson, we will cover the important concept of writing about what you love.  Once you grasp these two simple concepts, you can begin to look deeper into your novel. It makes no difference to me if you are a pantser (a person who sits down and starts writing) or a plotter (where you outline your novel) when you begin to write.

People have different comfort levels when it comes to writing a novel, and th...

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What Are the Costs to Self-Publish?


You are committed to writing a novel! That is outstanding.

Now you must be committed to spending money.

I’m not trying to sell you or up-sell you… just trying to help writers. I get nothing from anybody who is somebody.

I have published posts on at least thirty Facebook writing groups and have read thousands of posts by aspiring writers.

Through it all, I’m left with some qualms about my fellow writers, mostly the new writers who were like me. That is not good. In my haste to become a writer, I fell hook, line, and sinker for all the information tellin...

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My Interview in the Big Thrill Magazine


Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Chinatown by Steven Walker

by Tim O’Mara, originally published on

It’s the onset of World War II. President Roosevelt is collecting and burning the currency in Hawaii in case the Japanese invade. Corrupt military officers, gangsters, and police officials are poised to steal as much of that money as they can. A badly wounded Marine Gunnery Sergeant and three other wounded veterans team up to stop them.

Got it? Good. That’s the plot of Steven Walker’s crime thriller, Gunny Mac, Private Detective—Trouble in Chinatown (Seadog Publishing, October 2020.)...

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