May 21, 2024

Uncommon Scents was shortlisted for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize. The Eric Hoffer Book Award is one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses. Fewer than five percent of nominated books are shortlisted for the grand prize. It’s a big deal. The Eric Hoffer Award is highly esteemed…

April 22, 2024

Uncommon Scents is featured on GDCramer.com, where George Cramer showcases new authors each week. We’re grateful to George for the recognition. George suggested a short interview about the book and our backgrounds. We arranged a session at an exclusive Hollywood recording studio but George didn’t show up, possibly due to visa issues but more likely…

March 14, 2024

Congratulations! You finished the first draft of your novel or memoir. Everyone has a different writing process. Some authors forge ahead as they write their first draft, never looking back, putting notes aside about plot points that will need to be cleaned up later. I’ve heard there are others (cough) who obsessively read the work…

February 27, 2024

Let’s talk about writing a novel. Jim and I sat down to write Uncommon Scents three years ago. We thought we knew what that meant. We had a firm understanding that it would require a lot of words arranged sequentially. We knew words. We hoped that was enough. But then we remembered: punctuation! We stocked…