Tony Berryman’s Blog

Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing: Why I Chose Indie

Traditional Or Indie? A Fundamental Question Should I find a traditional publisher for my brand-new baby book, or self-publish? It’s perhaps the first fork on the twisty road from writer to author. In 2020, it is a more relevant question than ever. Here are some factors that led to my decision, in case it helps you with yours. Some background: I completed my first novel in 2019, a massage therapy thriller called The Night Nurse.…

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Mobile Massage Therapy – The Best Massage Job In The World

Get The Goods! Sign up for an occasional email with the inside track on fun facts, research discoveries and book news. Mobile massage therapy will sure beat hell out of paying clinic rent. So went my thinking as I decided to become a traveling therapist. I was both right and wrong about that, it turns out. But the benefits of the job were so much more than I dreamed. Money vs. Time – The Eternal…

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Patterns Everywhere – The Man Who Sees Math

In 2002, Jason Padgett was a fun-loving guy who lived for the next party and thought that math was stupid. A midnight mugging that knocked him unconscious changed everything. A Giant Video Game As the concussion faded he started seeing the world around him as an unending flow of pixels and tangents. The world had turned into a giant video game. It was beautiful but also scary. Accompanying this striking change of perspective was a…

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The First Sentence – or, How Lee Child Gets It Right

When I picked up the latest Lee Child novel, Never Go Back – well, grabbed it out of my wife’s hand as she walked through the door – and opened it up to the first page, after the first sentence I had to pause. ‘He nailed it,’ I thought to myself, ‘the bugger did it again.’ Then I dove back in and didn’t surface for two days. Let me explain. I’ve been studying writing for…

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Deryn Collier Book Review – Open Secret

I had the great good fortune to receive an advance reader’s copy of Open Secret by Nelson, BC writer Deryn Collier. This is Deryn’s second book, and it has confirmed what I already suspected – this lady is the Louise Penny of the West. Open Secret was a delightful read. Deryn’s stories take place in a sleepy, smoky mountain town peopled with a whole collection of characters who wouldn’t fit anywhere else. Bern Fortin, a…

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I Am The King Of The World – Following Your Own Rules

We can remake the world as we see fit. One of the main joys of writing stories is the ability to rewrite the rules – from giving voice and sensibility to farm animals to reimagining the laws of physics. One minor drawback – we have to follow the new rules we’ve made. It’s called plausible narrative, or suspension of disbelief, or half a dozen other things, but it all comes down to not losing your…

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Delusions of Grandeur, Premonitions of Doom – or, The Ups and Downs of Writing

This story is great. No, it’s garbage. Everybody will want to read this. Nobody will get past the first page. I’m going to be rich and famous from this stuff! I might as well give up right now. Sound familiar? I’m convinced that writing fiction is one of the most manic-depressive jobs in existence. Every single writer I’ve talked to has had to deal with the twin demons of fame and failure, at least at…

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Bird’s Eye View – A Well-Crafted, Touching Tale

This story about one prairie daughter’s journey to adulthood through the crucible of World War 2 wrapped me up for three days of a delightfully deep read. It has just about everything I look for in a book – excellent writing, engaging characters, a storyline that pulls you along, and something interesting to learn. I gave it 5 stars on Amazon. Rose Jolliffe is a prairie girl bent on experiencing the world, and when the…

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