Note: Yes, fellow blizzard friends and horrible, mean, dry, warm people elsewhere in the country, I am writing this from under about 30 inches of snow. So far the power … Continue reading A Publisher’s Weekly and ABNA Reviewer Responds to Disappointment
Well, it looks like I got my (very irritating) ABNA experience on the books just in time. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is officially kaput, according to an announcement on … Continue reading Amazon Scraps Breakthrough Novel Award in Favor of Kindle Scout
This little story is mostly notable for being the first piece of anything fictional I have managed to scrape together in more than a month. Thank you, what is sure to … Continue reading Short Story Thursday: The Red Mountains
Hey there, guys! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (or at least a brief break from work/commuter traffic/annoying office mates, for those who didn’t celebrate). I don’t want … Continue reading The Top Ten Self-Publishing, Fantasy, and eBook Stories of 2014
Warning: This post contains spoilers. Lots of spoilers. Did you hear me? Spoilers. Spoilers for a book that is more than 75 years old and a movie that’s only been … Continue reading The Hobbit: There and Back Again…the Long Way Round
Check out my feature in this month’s issue of Shelf Unbound Magazine, and take a look at all the winners of this year’s best indie book contest! And don’t forget … Continue reading Life After NaNoWriMo: Taking the First Look
Web ads. Ugh. Flashy, annoying pop-ups and distracting sidebars; exhortations for products you don’t really care about; “targeted” pitches for lard clarifiers and chimney collars and one weird trick that … Continue reading Do Facebook and Goodreads ads work for self-publishing authors?
With the sudden blossoming of self-publishing, there have been various attempts to codify the movement that is leading away from (or at least providing more options in addition to) the … Continue reading What’s the difference between indie, small press, and self-publishing?
Self-publishing authors may want to think twice about that fantastic free promotion they’ve been planning, according to the newest data from Smashwords, because it won’t go nearly as far as … Continue reading Smashwords survey provides sales tips for self-published authors
Wait, don’t run away! I know the pointlessly exaggerated competition between science nerds and humanities geeks might be kicking in right now, urging you to click the back button and … Continue reading The science of creativity: How the brain generates fiction
I won the first real writing contest I ever entered. In 11th grade, I submitted a poem hastily translated into French, to the Long Island Language Teachers Association’s annual competition, … Continue reading A farewell to ABNA: What contests and rejection can teach us
Avery reflected on the wispy string of mozzarella emanating from the edge of the darkly crisped panini while her mother continued to talk. It had been a good sandwich, for … Continue reading Short Story Tuesday: Melted Cheese