Author Interviews

Chris Bent Author Interview Part 3 | Former Navy SEAL Author | Former Navy SEAL Book | Inspiration

Transcript: Interviewer: What else do you want to tell me? Yeah, we’re blessed to have a successful business, Best Of Everything, and we’v...

Chris Bent Author Interview Part 5 | Former Navy SEAL Author | Former Navy SEAL Stories | Motivation

Transcript: Interviewer: So I noticed you’ve got this wall here with all these photos on it; what is this Chris? Well, my wife made the big mist...

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 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...

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...

Recent Articles

Self-Published Titles Hitting the Virtual Stacks

Another reason not to be exclusive! There’s no doubt that indies and self-published authors have made headways in recent years, and are finally getting their due. While I’m late to this – I would probably be late to my own funeral – libraries and educational institutions are getting their hands on self-published and indie titles including e-books and audio books. Why is it important to have your book in libraries? It’s a mode of discovery. According to a phone survey of 2,986 Americans ages 16 a ...

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Prosodies, Threnodies, And Maladies

The indie-writers movement is a thing of great internal variety. Indeed, the one thing we have in common is that we publish our own crap. However, our offerings do display some differences, statistically at least, from the drivel that Pub World puts out. In particular, Pub World fiction puts more emphasis on style than does indie fiction. Indies tend to emphasize plot and excitement. That cleavage probably derives, at least in part, from the reason we write: the kinds of stories that thrilled us ...

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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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Word Formnoun
DefinitionOne who has the power and position to rule over others.
UsageShe was a potentate in her home, all her relatives being too cowed to protest her decisions.
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