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
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