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About Mike Kenny

Mike Kenny is an author, journalist, and humorist who guest blogs for The Editorial Department on the writing life.

Does Writing Suck? A Favorite TED Author Reflects on the Elusive Pleasures of the Writing Life

I’ve had more than a few interactions like this:

Carl: So, what do you do?

Me: Well, I like to say I’m a writer, but-

Carl: Oh man, I hate writing. I don’t know how you do it. Writing is the worst.

Me: Ha, yeah, I know, I’m weird. I just kind of enj-

Carl: I don’t even like writing emails. In school I always used Courier New size 14, double-spaced that (expletive). Writing sucks.

Me: Yeah, sometimes it does. (looks off into distance) Sometimes … it […]

By | 2017-01-11T23:40:37+00:00 |The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Does Writing Suck? A Favorite TED Author Reflects on the Elusive Pleasures of the Writing Life

How Not to Get Your Indie Book Inside Barnes & Noble An indie author tries to get his work on the shelves of the nation’s largest retailer. (In the interest of revenge...)

“Absolutely not!”

Those were among the first words of encouragement I heard as I embarked on my quest to have my indie book carried in a major retailer’s store. They were uttered by a Barnes & Noble customer service rep who, after saying I must go through their corporate headquarters, was responding to my follow-up question, “So … I can’t do this on a store-by-store basis?”

Oh well! Going through corporate headquarters is one of my favorite things to do because […]

By | 2017-11-09T20:08:16+00:00 |Getting Published, Self Publishing|Comments Off on How Not to Get Your Indie Book Inside Barnes & Noble An indie author tries to get his work on the shelves of the nation’s largest retailer. (In the interest of revenge...)

Man of Action

John H. Cunningham Strikes Adventure Gold by Writing What He Knows

Second Chance Gold is the fourth release in John H. Cunningham’s mercilessly entertaining and seriously fun Buck Reilly series. Cunningham, a commercial real estate broker by day, could fool (and frustrate) us all by claiming that his writing always came naturally. But we can rest assured it did not.

“I don’t have an MFA,” Cunningham said, “but I was a pretty good English student, and like to read, so I thought could […]

By | 2017-01-11T23:51:18+00:00 |The Writer’s Craft|Comments Off on Man of Action