How I reached the point in writing my fifth novel: Stormy Winds!

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When you finish a novel, start writing the next novel!
I’m writing my fifth novel: Stormy Winds.
When I look at the word “Fifth”, it scares me. It seems like just yesterday I was working on my first novel, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, in the nineties. With the publication of Brownstone, I thought my novel writing days were over.
Now, four books later and I’m going strong in crafting novels.
I’m on a roll.
However, the crafting of a novel is never easy. There is character development with character resumes, scene construction, setting or the sense of place in a book, point of view, descriptive details, pacing, etc.
The elements of a novel are daunting and must be conquered and woven together into a cohesive book that will grab and keep readers turning the pages.
In Stormy Winds, I want to explore how characters persevere over or destroyed by ever changing themes in their lives.
After the publication of A Brownstone in Brooklyn in 2001, the flood gates opened with Philly Style and Philly Profile in 2007, The Ghost of Atlanta in 2011 and Phantoms of Rockwood in 2013.
My fourth novel, Phantoms of Rockwood, followed the National Gold Medal Award Winning The Ghost of Atlanta. This book beat out over 200 novels for the fiction award.
I learned something from Terry Kay, the incredible southern author, that has helped me since 2005, when I started writing Philly Style and Philly Profile, and that is when I finish a book, “don’t get up from the desk until you have written the first line of the next book.”
That has helped me stay in the process of writing a novel. The writing never stops and I LOVE it!
Please and click to visit my Amazon.Website to learn about my four novels: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile (now a Screenplay), The Ghost of Atlanta and Phantoms of Rockwood:


How Would you like to be a character in fifth novel: Stormy Winds?

Blank white book w/pathWell, here’s your chance to be written into a novel…become famous!
Write and explain in 150 words or less why you should be a character in a novel. What is it about your personality that readers will find interesting?
You will be traveling across the country on a greyhound bus or train. What can you add to the situation?
This will be an exciting opportunity to see your name in print and a character in a book.
The person with the best response will be written in as a character in “Stormy Winds”.
I will announce the winner, hopefully, before June 2018.
Email your response: JuliusThompsonauthor at


unnamedDennisDennis DeRose is a fantastic and superb editor! He takes your words and ideas and makes them better. I had been looking for ten long years to find a great editor and I found one: Dennis DeRose! When Dennis finishes editing a book, it is tighter, leaner and flows. In

For all authors looking for an editor, read about Dennis DeRose and learn why he will set your book above the Rest!

1. Please tell us about your life as a book editor.

I never really counted how many manuscripts I have edited but I’m sure it has to be close to 60 in the last nine years. I prefer fiction and have edited: short stories, poetry, historical fiction, romances, adventure, mystery, general, fantasy, philosophical, YA, children’s and others. Nonfiction is something I tend to shy away from unless it’s something I can relate to or find very interesting. I’ve edited a dream diary, an autobiography, a piece on a political ideology and an addiction manual. I also co-authored a book with Julius entitled Jumpstarting Your Inner Novelist, a manual geared toward helping writers over their hurdles. Ghost of Atlanta was the second full-length book I edited and it also won a Gold medal for best fiction in the genre. I have since edited all of julius’ books and I plan to edit his next one, Stormy Winds.

2. What inspired you to become a book editor?

I never wanted to be an editor. It just happened. About 10 years ago, I decided I wanted to help writers by reviewing their books but I didn’t want to purchase them. I contacted a wonderful lady, Deborah Gaynor, from Kentucky. She had a reviewing service (Readers Favorite) she had started a few years earlier. She accepted me as a reviewer and I began reading an adventure novel.

(I edited the next book he wrote and it won a gold medal for best fiction in the category.) When I sent my review to Deborah, she realized it was well written. Apparently, most of the reviews she received needed tweaking. She asked me to do that for her and I accepted the challenge. I tweaked 1000 reviews for her and

she agreed to put me on her website as her editor. The first thing I edited was a children’s story about a horse. I wanted to edit the story for free but the author insisted on paying me. I accepted five dollars as payment and that is how this adventure began.

3. What makes a book difficult to edit?

…Mainly, the writer because if the writer is close-minded, an editor’s job becomes nearly impossible. It’s tough to make any progress if a writer won’t accept changes or constructive criticism.

Have you ever read a book that was so poorly written that you couldn’t make heads or tails of it? Imagine what it’s like for an editor. I have had to tell writers to go back to the drawing board (and usually they take my advice).

He keeps changing his mind! Mr. Undecided Writer has written a book but he keeps altering the text. Now I have to edit the same thing over and over again as I pull my hair out of my head.

4. What advice do you give to authors before the book reaches the editor?

Ask yourself this question. Have I done everything possible to make my book the best it can be? If yes, contact me and let’s talk about your book. If you have doubts, review your writing process. Have friends read your manuscript and listen to their advice. Most of all, take your time. The slow turtle wins the race. Rush this process and you can expect to lay out a fortune when you do hire an editor. (We don’t work for peanuts!)

5. What exciting books are you editing now?

I just finished editing a book written by Joyce Isaacson entitled Wish You Were Here. The story takes place in heaven, one Rock star searches for another and all the interesting people he meets on the way. Of course there is much more to the book than that.

6. Tell us about your family and how you balance editing and family life?

Since I edit part-time and I am retired, finding time to edit is a cake-walk. My wife lives to shop so I do a lot of editing when she is not around. As I work on this she is out and about, probably at Sam’s Club or another favorite place, Kohl’s.

7. Do you edit full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than edit and how do you find time to edit?

When I am not editing (like now), I am busy promoting myself, creating an all-purpose website, reading and reviewing books, talking to other writers and keeping in touch with my writers/friends, like Julius. I am retired now so I have a lot of free time. I believe volunteering in your community is a wonderful way to give back so I volunteer at our local library bookstore two days a week. I also love spending time with family and friends, especially camping and traveling. Why not see the world and make a few friends along the way.

8. Give us some tips for writing a novel?

Keep a journal… It’s one of the best ways to come up with ideas.

Get organized… Don’t write off the cuff, you can’t wing everything.

Readership… Decide who you want to read your book and write it with that in mind. Know your audience and take time to learn how they act and how they think.

Marketing… Don’t think about marketing after the book is written because you should be marketing it after you’ve written the first chapter. Rome wasn’t built in a day so planning is key.

Read, Read, Read… The more you read, the better you’ll write. I guarantee it. Read books within your genre, paying close attention to style and word choice.

9. How do you market your editing skills?

One step at a time… that’s how I look at a lot of things. Interviews are a great way to gain exposure. The internet, if used properly, is THE best tool. I have a Moneysaver Editing page in Face Book, a page in Authors Den and ano

ther in WordPress. I have sent bookmarks to great guys like Julius and other writers to distribute at book fairs. I advertise on any website I can, especially if it’s free.

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10. What makes a good book editor?

I don’t know, but you can ask my writers. I can only speak for myself because I’m the only editor I know. I take the time to talk to my writers. After all, we have to be a good fit. If not, the project is doomed to fail. Communication, throughout the whole process, is critical. Julius, I bet you agree with me.

Nitpicker… that is my middle name; if you’re not looking for a perfectionist don’t hire me. I believe every word is critical. One word can make or break a book.

Team Work… There is no ‘I’ in team. A writer and an editor must be willing to form a writing team, working together to make a book the best it can be. The team doesn’t disband when the editing is done. That’s just a beginning.

How does an author contact Dennis DeRose for his editing services?
Feel free to email me at DDEROSE@HVC.RR.COM or call me at 845-239-4513 and let’s chat a bit. My time is your time. I am here to help you. Check me out here…

The Julius J.E. Thompson Trilogy!

Thompson professonal photoMy three novels, A Brownstone In Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly profile. and The Ghost of Atlanta are introduced in a Video, or visit and click on Video book trailer to view the trilogy book trailer.
The saga of Andy Michael Pilgrim is a journey through the sixties in A Brownstone In Brooklyn, the seventies in Philly Style and Philly Profile and the eighties in The Ghosts of Atlanta.
The reader follows Andy as he matured in the turbulent sixties in Brooklyn with the Civil Rights movement, his working career as a sportswriter in the seventies in Philadelphia watching the influence of drugs and gangs destroy young people’s lives, and in the eighties in Atlanta where he faces demons from his youth and see the effects of reverse migration of African-Americans from the northern cities back to the new south.Andy’s thirty-year odyssey from Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Atlanta showcase new life-altering situations
Come Join me in this writing adventure

Philly Style and Philly Profile is being turned into a movie and the Ebook is selling at a discount!

43196 Philly Style and Philly Profile, Julius Thompson second novel, is being turned into a screenplay for a Hollywood producer!
The novel won Mr. Thompson a Georgia Author Of the Year Nomination. The ebook cost $2.99. Please put in this code and get a forty-percent discount: VK63M. Please visit: Please visit the website and recieve the discount. Get a jump on the possible movie by reading the novel!
Philly Synopsis: Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gangs wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. Philadelphia playgrounds were sometimes silent. These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories. These were places packed with people, but on a summer’s midday, they were virtually empty. Streets made habitable again by the actions of a few good men.

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Philly Style and Philly Profile: Great Book Review!

Good storyline!

By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2016

Format: Audible Audio Edition

The story follows the life of Carl, a basketball star, whose life is now suddenly under threat, by the gangs who inhabit the city of Philadelphia. His good looks, name and the glory that followed him, only make him a likely target in the eyes of Jake Meyers, a master drug dealer, who is jealous of him. Andy, a sportswriter, gets involved unknowingly, when he is handed over a bag, which has killed all those in possession of it. The unfolding of events, over the course of a few days, surrounding the brown leather bag, unravels many mysteries.

The book showcases how good and evil coexist and a handful of people’s attempts, to change a society involved in drugs and gangs. The author takes you on a journey, through the streets of Philadelphia, keeping you in suspense, along the whole way.

While neither the title, nor the cover does justice to the storyline, the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” stands true in this case. The story is very well written, providing insightful glimpses into the lives of the ordinary citizens in Philadelphia, during the 70’s and their struggles with gangsters and drug peddlers.

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