Monthly Archives February 2013

10 Things I Learned about being an Independent Author

Becoming an Independent Author was a huge learning experience for me. I’ve always gone the traditionally published route, having a publisher who took care of book cover images, editing, and Pre Release reviews. However, when I released GOOD INTENTIONS in e-book and print format I had a huge learning curve to maneuver. I was so far behind the eight ball it wasn’t even funny. I made mistakes, asked questions, and basically floundered a bit until I got into my groove. However, by then, I’d missed my Pre Release and Release opportunities. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes
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The Least You Should Know – Punctuation

When writing, using punctuation helps your reader navigate your story and interpret it properly. There are several rules when using punctuation. Some you may know, others may not be as familiar. Sometimes we all forget the basics. And,  that’s okay. This may be a refresher for some of you or just the right tip you were looking for to enhance your writing. Webster’s defines punctuation as: 1. The use of standardized marks in written material to separate structural units and clarify meaning. 2. The marks used in punctuating written material. There are six tips below to get you started on the road
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Reviews Aren’t For Sissies

I have a confession to make: I can’t give a book a negative review. I mean I could. But I won’t. I just can’t do it. Knowing first hand the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to write a book, knowing the author put a piece of him or herself into the book, and because I’m a really, really nice person, if I didn’t like a book, I won’t leave a review. My philosophy with reviews is: if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. However, there are a lot of people who can. Don’t
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The Quest Begins..

The path from drugs worker to writer is ne’er direct, being a path largely untrodden, with only a vague and over-grown trail remaining from the aspirations of naive youth – and, to make matters worse, the path is peppered with potentially fatal trials and pitfalls. These adversities, set to further demoralise the budding writer on her quest for freedom from the evil clenches of Lord Beaurocracy, do not take the form of trip wires and bear traps – no, because this is a metaphor. The trials of which I speak are in fact those created by man in the hope
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Book Reviews – a Master Class

I know that publishing something on here that a Member didn’t write is unheard of. Yet, in this instance I think this is justified. As you may know I run a blog where fellow authors post about writing-related matters. Today I have extended the scope of that blog to include other aspects of the current writing paradigm that are growing in importance for Indies. To that end I invited experienced book reviewer Jonel Boyko to write a post. Once you’ve read it you may want to draw it to the attention of all your readers and author friends. She’s hit
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Hold That Thought: Travails of an Indie Author

“You’re missing the accent aigu on ‘fiancé’.”  The editor-in-my-brain I call Miz OCD adds, “You also have too many indistinguishable tiny moons and planets amongst the stars, and the biggest stars do not twinkle.” “Look, it’s a different planet, a different atmosphere.  Who knows if that would cause stars to twinkle or not?  Besides, anyone with a fair grounding in astronomy knows one lone, huge moon is a complete anomaly.  Lots of tiny moons appearing the same size as planets are entirely within the realm of possibility.”   I begin looking for the method to type an accent aigu in my
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E-book Sales: Copyright Laws Must Change!

I just read about an article that says Amazon stands to make a fortune offering out-of-print books.  One of the most appealing reasons for indie authors to publish e-books is that they will be offered forever.  No out-of-prints; Amazon’s policy is that, if you buy a book from them, they will always have a copy available for you to download. So, if copyright laws are for the life of the owner plus fifty years, and Amazon and other e-book retailers must provide copies of them forever, and 49 years after an author’s death, their books suddenly become branded as ‘important literary
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Geeking Out on the Thesaurus

Frustrated with the lack of rating standards in the publishing industry, specifically for how to determine if a book can be marketed as Y/A, I began working up a six-part post to be called PASSIONATE PROSE.  I have been looking at romance websites and blogs for quite a while, and the variety of rating systems for romance alone, differing from one website to another, boggled my mind.  What about people like me, writing in the sub-genre of science fiction romance?  Science fiction ‘fen’ do not have the same standards for ‘heat’ levels as romance readers do.  There appears to be
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Is She Geeking Out AGAIN?

I can’t help myself.  As an author, words are important to me.  My goal is to write with clarity, but sometimes I have to consult Thesaurus.com, tasting the flavor of all possible words to pick the precise one I need.  That’s when ‘It Happens’; when I’m stuck in word-selection-mode, I get a little geeky. The OCD-editor-in-my-brain cackles madly.  “Showtime!”  She hovers behind me as I pull up the online thesaurus.  “Mission parameters?”  “Well, the last few days I’ve experienced a barrage of mind-boggling extremes.  I’ve been in a rare emotional state, laughing and crying at the same time.  I know
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