Author: mikehoutz

Inching Along

In my former career, immediate action was the name of the game. I was always rushing to see the next patient, or quick stepping my way to the operating room. In my new journey as a fiction writer, the polar opposite is firmly rooted in my routine. “No thanks” turned into “send me the first Read More …

Losing control of your site

It’s been awhile. I’ve been struggling for control of my domain and, therefore, it’s been damned impossible to continue communicating with everyone visiting here. It appears the DNC isn’t the only target for unscrupulous people. What makes it doubly frustrating is this type of activity is so prevalent and law enforcement basically shrugs their collective Read More …

Exclusives

There is a certain amount of additional excitement surrounding submissions when a potential agent asks for an exclusive arrangement in evaluating your material. I certainly felt that. I recently had two respected agents ask me if I would be willing to give them an exclusive on my new book. After I finished punching the air Read More …

Teeny Tiny Short Stories

Seriously Teenie Tiny Short StoriesManuscript polished and complete? — checkBeta readers thrilled? — checkHave your query and synopsis tuned and ready to rock? — “Honey? What are all these charges on the Visa card?” That’s what I heard yesterday. In my effort to keep the embarrassment to the family name in check, I’d enrolled in Read More …

Hello readers!

This is a thrilling time in my life. After ending a career in medicine I am now on to pursue my next love — writing fiction. I have to say this feels just as daunting as taking board exams; not in the sense that if I don’t pass a torturous test, I can’t practice. No. Read More …