June 12th, 2017

The Art of Physical Surveillance

Piper Bayard 

One of the most commonly used tools in mystery, crime, and spy fiction is physical surveillance. However, it is an art that is not completely understood outside of law enforcement and espionage. As the partner of a 40+ year veteran field operative, I’d like to take you through a few of the basics.

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March 13th, 2017

Internet Writing–It’s All About That Page

 Piper Bayard

Writers have only two motives—we write to say something, or we write to be heard. One is all about us. The other is all about the reader. In a perfect world, good writers combine both the desire to convey information and the desire to serve the reader by “speaking […]

December 12th, 2016

Life After NaNoWriMo—What’s Next?

Piper Bayard

It’s December—the month after National Novel Writing Month. We blink our eyes and search around like the lights just came up in the bar. Or maybe our expressions are more like that look a cat gets when a kid puts a paper bag over it for a few minutes and then […]

October 3rd, 2016

Making Friends and Allies on Twitter—The Lone Wolf Watering Hole

Piper Bayard

Lone Wolf Writers are those who shun critique groups, avoid craft classes, and cross the street when we see volunteer editors heading toward us. We are known for keeping to ourselves and avoiding too many voices in our heads and in our lives.

If you’re still not […]

June 13th, 2016

Writing Craft for Lone Wolves and Authors on a Budget

by Piper Bayard

Sshh! I have a secret. I’ve never said it out loud, but I’m going to share it with you – because you need to know.

I’m an author with two books out. Both books made the top ten of one bestseller list or another. I also post at over 60 websites nationwide […]