If there’s one thing readers complain about when the words “self-published book” enter the conversation, it’s visual quality. Inside and especially outside, authors who may have a wonderful grasp of … Continue reading Yea or nay: MS Word book cover templates for self-publishers
Yup, it’s that time of year. Snow shovels, Christmas jingles, and retrospective roundups from every single blog in existence. Since my blog remains in existence, despite the odds, I thought … Continue reading End of the year roundup: The biggest hits of 2013
So remember when I said that there was a whole boatload of self-publishing going on in 2012? Turns out there are a lot more best-sellers than you might think. Self-published … Continue reading 25% of Kindle books are self-published, but not for the money
Dear readers, I am deep in the throes of NaNoWriMo, beset on all sides by plot twists and rebel characters and a pack of cosplaying sea spirits. As this newest … Continue reading Five ways you can tell if you’re a fantasy junkie
I trust that watching the newly released extended trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has already been part of your NaNoWriMo procrastination routine, right? Go on, watch it. … Continue reading The Desolation of Smaug: A Cautionary Hobbit’s Tale
Ready or not, here comes Netflix for e-books. Oyster is the new kid on the content delivery block, offering access to more than 100,000 e-books for a monthly subscription price … Continue reading Yea or nay: Oyster subscription e-book service
Oh my gosh, Jen. Will you stop trying to bludgeon people into tackling National Novel Writing Month? No. No, I won’t. Because it’s awesome, and it can make you feel … Continue reading Five reasons to participate in NaNoWriMo this year
Last week, the results of the Writer’s Digest 21st annual Self-Published Book Awards were announced. I didn’t win. It was a hundred bucks down the drain and a predictable bit … Continue reading Fantasy cover art: It figures…or does it?
When people say there’s stiff competition in the indie publishing world, they usually just mean it as a really ineffectual way to temper a new author’s disappointment at not bursting … Continue reading Wait, there were HOW many self-published books in 2012?!
There are two schools of thought when it comes to time management for writers. The first camp, located in a loft inside a converted textile mill in the Berkshires, next … Continue reading NaNoWriMo prep: Time management takes time off
It’s time to start getting serious, guys. NaNoWriMo is officially less than a month away, and that means we all have to warm up our endless chocolate fountains, lay in … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep: The wide world of word writers
Forgive me, Miss Manners, but I think it’s time to talk about cash. It may be polite to tiptoe around the subject, but I know all too well that authors, … Continue reading The real(ly ridiculous) cost of self-publishing