Archives for self publishing

Writing Words of Wisdom

I was recently asked (again) for words of wisdom regarding being a writer and seeking publication. So I thought I would just blog it. I have some strong opinions about writing and publishing, springing from my own experience over 20-25 years of pursuing it, and numerous blogs, articles, essays, and having written and rewritten 13 books; added to this is also webmastering, book cover design, typography, editing, and publishing. I wanted to learn all the aspects of completing a book. My most commonly offered caveat is this: don’t fall in love with your words; fall in love with your craft.
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Extreme Reading!

Reading. When you are asked about your hobbies and pastimes and list this amongst them, people still look at you askance. Why? It’s so passive, Dude! You know; you just sit there and turn pages, hardly any effort involved. Even less if it’s an e-book. Hey, forget that! Come do some Hang Gliding/off-road driving/downhill skiing – live a more adventurous life – experience, Dude! And they are right. But not why you think. We readers of the World, we billions of readers, are too set in our ways. Reading is a passive activity – yes, in that we don’t move
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A tale of two indies

Once upon a time, there were two indie writers, Mary and Jane. They were writing books, publishing them through small press, and promoting them through social media. Their main difference was their attitudes. Mary was negative about everything. Jane was positive about everything. Mary hated promoting her book. When she tried writing blog posts, it came out mean and horrible. Her tweets pulled people down. And let’s not even talk about what memes she posted on Facebook. Jane, on the other hand, was positive. She advertised her book in social media, making use of her circle of friends online. She
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Are Independent Authors the New Publishing Paradigm?

In music and movies, it’s always hipper to be indie. It means you have met success without a corporate blessing. It’s the spirit of individualism made manifest. Being indie allows us the freedom to explore, to push boundaries, to not have to worry about whether or not we are addressing a wide enough, all-encompassing audience.  Being indie means that in order to succeed you have to be original, innovative, cutting edge, and at times, controversial. And finally, that same reputation is moving into the world of publishing. Sadly, this new reputation is still too new to cause massive sales, but
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Tips for the would-be author

With indie publishing booming and e-readership expanding daily, there’s never been a better time to become a writer. As a published author and writing instructor, my advice to the “would-be” author is this: Write your book. Plenty of people say they are going to write a book someday, but they never do. If you’re serious, then stop talking about it and start writing. Re-write until you never want to look at your book again. I know this probably sounds crazy, but if you read about successful writers, you’ll find that most have this in common: by the time they finished
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How to Develop an Emotion-Evoking Elevator Speech

We know you’re emotionally charged when it comes to your book. Every author is! By the time you’re reaching out to publishers, agents, or editors, you’ve hopefully put your TIME, blood, sweat, and probably tears as well into carefully crafting the “perfect book.” After that, it would be a challenge for you to NOT be emotional about it. No one else has that luxury—and no one else cares how emotional it was for YOU. They care about how it can be emotional for them. It’s a big challenge to make your audience react emotionally. The biggest challenge? Making publishers, agents,
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5 Reasons Indie Publishing is the Future

If you told me five years ago that Indie authors would be the driving force of the publishing industry, I’d have called your bluff. Today, I’m sure of it: indie authors will be more the norm, less the black sheep of publishing sooner than we all thought. In fact, it’s already happened. It is the age of the author. Here’s why: 1. Big traditional publishers no longer have the “prestige” they once did It used to be that having a book deal with a big traditional press was akin to earning a coveted place among the literary elite. Now readers
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