Colin Holmes

Author, writer, adman, barbecue enthusiast, baseball fan, and collector of speeding tickets.

Death in the Family

With apologies to Charles Addams Thing breathed a contented sigh as Esmeralda buffed the nail on his ring finger. As a disembodied hand, he didn’t exactly know how sighing worked, but the fat muscle at the base of his thumb relaxed, and he counted that as a sigh. Esmie chatted while she worked. She knew […]

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We Have a Cover

I’ve been an art guy my whole life. Ad art guy on my high school newspaper. Award-winning cartoonist on my college paper. Illustrator. Art director. Bar napkin artist. I’ve almost always drawn. So when the book deal came through, I asked if I could submit some cover designs for consideration as a part of the

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Writing the Novel

I recently had a publisher ask me to submit the manuscript of a novel I’ve been pitching. This book has been years in coming. It feels like I’ve worked on it forever. The characters have practically become family members. It’s been through dozens of drafts and rewrites. Writers always hear that, but nobody wants to

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Just Copyright It

You’ve toiled for months writing and rewriting your screenplay. A trusted reader or two have given some quality notes, you’ve polished, tweaked and proofed. You’ve finally reached those end-of-the-rainbow words: FADE OUT. It’s ready to go out. Life is good. But… Before you do anything else, copyright it. A U.S. copyright protects your script for

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