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Many of us writers and authors maintain blogs, those creative writing outlets which we tie into our social media accounts as a method of outreach to potential readers and, ideally, new fans. I’ve heard of many reasons for starting a blog, including: – Gaining readership in advance of publishing a novel– Using blog entries as […]

Storytelling and the Campfire

Storytelling and the Campfire

  I notice as I comb through the self-published e-books on Amazon that a good number of the offerings are autobiographies. Non-fiction. People writing about their own lives and experiences. About their own adventures, misfortunes, and triumphs. It occurs to me that perhaps the meteoric rise in self-published, written works has turned the Kindle into […]

Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation
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Writing: The Importance of Word Choice in Translation

For those of you who are fans of Star Trek (or, like me, grew up with a brother who loved all things science fiction), have you ever fantasized about having communication tools like the ones Captain Kirk and his crew had? I have, and I find myself doing it all the more lately. Why? Social […]

The Writing Process

The Writing Process

I had dabbled in writing since maintaining a food blog for over six years. Tackling a novel is a whole new ballgame. Wait, let me backtrack a little. I’ve always been a dreamer. I remembered my early childhood when my father always scolded me for being absent-minded. Even then I would think up scenarios in […]

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Remembering (How To) Love

Remembering (How To) Love

  When I decided to write a novel, a love story was the natural choice. It seems that anything I write, including short stories and poems, ends up being about love. So why fight it? I often wonder if the act of loving is an ability, an inclination, a talent, or a Heaven-sent gift. Maybe […]

CreateSpace or Lightning Source?

CreateSpace or Lightning Source?

My first novel, Ava, will be coming out in print in a matter of days. While I’m excited to finally have this option for readers who do not use e-readers, it has taken more time than I had originally anticipated to make a paperback version of the book available. On this blog, I’ve been candid […]

Mea Culpa (You Probably Saw This One Coming)

Mea Culpa (You Probably Saw This One Coming)

I said I wouldn’t do it. I even wrote two blog posts (To KDP Select Or Not To KDP Select and a Self-Publisher’s Dilemma) about why I wouldn’t do it. But here I go, anyway: Ava is free today on Kindle.   Am I turning my back on everything I’ve believed up until now? Have […]

Book Marketing: The Genuine Article

Book Marketing: The Genuine Article

I buy books all the time, both paid and free, both paper and electronic. It generally takes me months and months to start a novel once it has found a home on my Kindle or my bookshelf. Part of the reason it takes so long is the sheer volume of writers I’ve come to know […]

2013, The Year of Action

2013, The Year of Action

It is New Year’s Day, the year 2013, and I’m excited. Really excited. This morning, I went back and read my first January post from last year and, looking back, I am a bit startled to recognize how much we self-published authors have collectively accomplished, and how different the landscape looks to me a year […]

Money, Self-Publishing, and Marketing Plans

Money, Self-Publishing, and Marketing Plans

Anyone who has ever launched a small business knows how tricky marketing plans can be. There are endless configurations for distributing a start-up’s meager capital resources and plentiful sweat equity. The challenge is in determining which steps to take when there is no company history to influence the direction of spending. In the end, every […]

Sponsoring a Book Club

Sponsoring a Book Club

I’d like to sponsor a book club’s selection of the month. The premise seems simple enough, except that I can’t seem to figure out how to go about connecting with one. For authors, getting detailed, friendly but honest, big picture feedback on our novels is a critical step in our evolution as technical writers and […]

The Book Cover Debacle

The Book Cover Debacle

Maybe “debacle” is too strong a word, but I’ve finally faced the fact that my current book covers have to go. As a part of learning the business of self-publishing from the ground up, I chose to make all of my own book covers. And it shows.           For the short […]

Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

Author Interview: Jason Scott Gleason

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Jason Scott Gleason. Enjoy! Author Jason Scott Gleason Bio: Jason Scott Gleason is a resident of Elkridge, Maryland, where he lives with his fiancé, her son, their cat, her bird, his snake, the other’s two lizards, and a couple of fish claimed by […]

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The Edward Gordon Interview – 10 Questions

The Edward Gordon Interview – 10 Questions

  Do you write daily with a fixed routine or only when the mood hits? Thanks for having me today, Edward! Daily, I write what my mood dictates. I have several projects in the works right now. They include the Priya novels, beginning with Ava, the short stories collection, a standalone novel, and blogging, of […]

Author Interview: Carmen DeSousa

Author Interview: Carmen DeSousa

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Carmen DeSousa. Enjoy! Bio: Carmen DeSousa is a Florida native and currently lives in South West Florida. Her first published novel, “She Belongs to Me” achieved bestseller status in “paid” romantic-suspense right next to Nicholas Sparks and J.D. Robb. Look for “Land of […]

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Author Interview: John Abramowitz

Author Interview: John Abramowitz

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author John Abramowitz. Enjoy! Bio: I’m a long, tall Texan (sorry, Lyle Lovett) born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I got my formal education in the Midwest, and consider Iowa my second home state. I now live in Austin, Texas, where I’m working […]

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Author Interview: Dale Amidei

Author Interview: Dale Amidei

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Dale Amidei. Enjoy! Bio: I live and write in the beautiful Texas Hill Country near San Antonio. I am a Christian, an American, a husband, son, brother, and friend. My characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what […]

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Author Interview: Carl Purdon

Author Interview: Carl Purdon

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author Carl Purdon. Enjoy!    Bio: Carl Purdon lives in Pontotoc, Mississippi with his wife and two of their four children. Pontotoc is halfway between Tupelo, which is the birthplace of Elvis, and Oxford, which was the home of William Faulkner. Since he can’t […]

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Author Interview: Brian Rathbone

Author Interview: Brian Rathbone

The interview series with members of my Twitter community continues with author and publisher Brian Rathbone. Enjoy!   Bio: Brian Rathbone is a former horse trainer turned technologist and fantasy author. When he isn’t writing, he’s trying to get more broadband for the people of rural North Carolina. Website:  brianrathbone.comTwitter ID:  @brianrathboneFacebook:  www.facebook.com/brian.rathboneGoogle+:  plus.google.com/100576965008526977677/Goodreads:  www.goodreads.com/author/show/2854898.Brian_Rathbone […]

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Marketing a Book: Sean Biederman, The Concept Farm

Marketing a Book: Sean Biederman, The Concept Farm

  Today we have a special interview with Sean Biederman, Account Supervisor at The Concept Farm. His company creates the book trailers for James Patterson. Sean is here today to share his experience, thoughts, and advice on making successful book trailers, and on creating and defining a Brand. Enjoy! Website: www.conceptfarm.com Blog: www.freshideas365.com Twitter: @TheConceptFarm […]

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