is pleased to announce successful completion of litigation support re
NATIONAL HOTEL PROPERTY
ARCHITECTURAL & ENGINEERING FIRM
Damages testifying expert for joint defense counsel where the architect
and engineer in a multi-party case were accused of causing over $10
million of lost profits in connection with alleged failures of a major
construction renovation project. Analyzed complaint and multiple
Plaintiff expert reports, advised law firms regarding additional discovery requests to make from Plaintiff’s CPA firm, assisted in successful
motions to compel production by CPA firm, prepared independent
analysis of lost profits, prepared expert rebuttal reports, provided
deposition testimony, and prepared mediation / trial exhibits in anticipation of settlement or trial.
William N. Holmes — CPA / CFE
Forensic Accounting ● Economic Damages ● Valuations
Commercial Litigation ● Full Service Public Accounting
Accounting and Tax Malpractice Litigation (Plaintiff / Defense)
Board of Accountancy Investigations
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Many attorneys would like to write a novel.
How does being an attorney help or hinder
the writing process?
Attorneys deal in facts. Novelists deal
in fantasy worlds where the reader
is invited to fill in the gaps. A lawyer
explains everything. A novelist cannot,
because the reader will hate you for it.
Do you have any advice for aspiring
Tell yourself a story in that first draft.
If you don’t entertain yourself, how can
you expect to entertain others? Rewrite,
and then rewrite, and then rewrite
again. I typically do not outline the plot
of a book ahead of time. I do outline
characters ahead of time, and give a lot
of thought to small details about them
and create a couple of paragraphs for
each character. I do eight to 10 drafts
of a novel. Give a later draft to friends
to read. Ask for honest comments. Be
prepared to listen, to learn, to grow.
How would you describe the process of
self-publishing? If you could change
something about self-publishing, what
would it be?
You must remain confident. Self-pub-
lishing is what it is—a commitment to
doing everything right, by yourself.
I have no idea how to make it easier.
Perhaps that is its true charm: You own
it 100 percent.
If you self-publish, do you need
No. An agent is solely useful (in my
opinion) for pursuing a publishing
Have you thought about adapting one of
your novels into a screenplay, or about
writing an original screenplay?
Selling a screenplay is immensely
more difficult than marketing a novel.
I wrote screenplays for both Brothers
of Summer and Goering’s Gold, but
had no luck with Hollywood. Still …the
discipline of condensing novels into
screenplays helped me to understand
what “story” truly is.
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