Monthly Archives January 2015

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 it as a template. (It’s kind of like fan fiction, but the
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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, the consumption of chocolate. Hugh Howey observed, Amazon was a
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