Author Interviews

Mya Kay

When did you begin indie publishing? 2012 How did you make the choice to go indie? After over 100 rejections from agents and publishers, I decided to...

Chris Bent Author Interview Part 4 | Former Navy SEAL Author | Former Navy SEAL Book | Motivation

Transcript: Interviewer: Going back to the book, how does that tie into I am unhappy? Well, the title came out of nowhere, and then again it came out...

Francis W. Porretto

When did you begin indie publishing? My first venture took place late in 2010, at the SmashWords eBook publishing website. The novel was Which Art In...

Chris Bent Author Interview Part 1 | Former Navy SEAL Author | Former Navy SEAL Book | Leadership

Transcript: Today I’m talking with Chris Bent. So, Chris, tell me a little bit about why you started writing. I guess it was for…no…...

Chris Bent Author Interview Part 7 | Former Navy SEAL Author | Former Navy SEAL Stories | Values

Transcript: Interviewer: Is there anything about the people in Naples? About getting them on board to do the things you’d really like for them t...

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New Year, New Writing Exercises

  My fingers are buzzing with anticipation. Now that the holidays are over, I can get back to uninterrupted writing (relatively speaking). And every year, every week, every day, my goal is to get just a little bit better than I was before. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it’s just finger exercises. So to help keep myself from meaninglessly wearing out my fingers, I’ve come up with a few new self-study exercises that I thought I’d share. Mimic—Take a close look at a story you enjoy and use...

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On Reviews

The online book review has come to be a matter of some controversy. Many reviews are unmoored from any standard of evaluation, while some are plainly meant to wound. Here are some thoughts about producing a review the prospective purchaser will find useful....

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Should we stay Amazon-Exclusive or spread the net?

Lately there’s been a lot of hoopla over Kindle Unlimited and the way Amazon is apparently intent on screwing over its authors. You know–those people who used to spend a fortune on books now spend 10 bucks a month for all the books they can get their sweaty mitts on. And this is great for the reader! But while folks with .99 cent books are making good money on KU, anybody with higher price points are seeing their income halved. And oh, the weeping and wailing, the gnashing of teeth,...

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A Second Life for a First Novel, Using Professional Editors

Anyone paying attention knows that the book publishing industry is undergoing tremendous change.  The result is that a book you see on the shelf of a bookstore, or at a reading, may have been produced by an entire team of publishing professionals in New York, or a team of professionals working independently for a self-published author. Increasingly, when done well, it’s impossible to tell the difference between these two efforts.  ...

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Word of the Day

nostrum

Word Formnoun
DefinitionHypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases.
Synonymscure-all, panacea, catholicon
UsageStay healthy, for science is no closer to a nostrum than alchemy was.