Some people say that the hardest part of writing a book is making yourself sit down at the keyboard. Some say it’s maintaining the commitment to finish your first draft. … Continue reading The pre-publication checklist for indie authors
Whether you’re blogging, Facebooking, Instragramming, Tweeting, or (heaven help us) Snapchatting, social media is a primary part of our current cultural experience as well as a great way to make … Continue reading The top ten Twitter hashtags for writers
Despite the growing popularity of self-publishing, the low cost of bringing a book to market, and the expansion of opportunities to distribute, promote, and share ideas with audiences larger and … Continue reading Should the “Indie Author Manifesto” define self-publishing?
Dear readers, a plea: If you have a few minutes, I would be eternally grateful if you downloaded and reviewed my excerpt for the Quarterfinal round of the Amazon Breakthrough … Continue reading Short Story Monday: Manu and the Wall
“It’s all right,” Joan whispered to herself as she waited, and waited, and waited for the car in front of her to dim its brake lights and inch forward again. … Continue reading Short Story Friday: Traffic Jam
After running around like a chicken with my head cut off for the past couple of weeks, I finally had a little bit of time this past weekend to relax, … Continue reading Worldbuilding 101: A Dastardly Plot
Maria tried not to stare out the window as she idly poked her wilting salad with a plastic fork. There were a couple of crows preening themselves on the bare … Continue reading Short Story Friday: Cat People
Hello again, m’lords and ladies. Today, I’d like to talk to you about the state of the industry that we all know and love. Publishing, just like every other business … Continue reading Howey says nothing new about self-publishing, but should we listen?
No short story this week, because I wanted to talk about something else. Obviously, today is Valentine’s Day, and couples all over the world will be enthusiastically (or resignedly) celebrating … Continue reading Sunglasses and Fake Pearls
Authors are nothing if not introspective. We poke and prod at our inner consciousnesses, digging out nuggets of truth and wisdom and adolescent angst from the craggy seams of our … Continue reading Ten Author Archetypes You Couldn’t Avoid if You Tried
On Thursday, March 18th, 1999, at 7:54 AM, I was born Harthacanute James Kevin Augustus Taylor. I like to think my mother wasn’t being wantonly cruel or clinically insane, but … Continue reading Short Story: My Mother Named Me Harthacanute
Note: I’m sorry for the lack of posts last week, but I was fighting off a sinus infection. Everything should be back to normal for now. Rumors of the death … Continue reading Half of readers own a tablet, but just 4% are “e-book only”