Indie or Trad Publishing? The debate goes on…

I had to learn the hard way about indie publishing and traditional publishing. I had to learn about book covers and editing and a lot of other stuff as I learned about indie publishing, but somehow I muddled through. I also had a bad experience with an agent, and have read enough horror stories byContinue reading “Indie or Trad Publishing? The debate goes on…”

ReBlogging – What’s That All About?

While you are building (or expanding) your platform, it’s a great time to polish, edit and add or delete whatever you want added to or deleted from your book. Plus, a lot of the time we have to make choices about what the blurb will say and what the cover needs to look like. BouncingContinue reading “ReBlogging – What’s That All About?”

5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book

1. Start the story as late as possible 2. Have a grabber opening 3. Make the reader care, usually via the MC 4. What are the stakes? What can be gained or lost? 5. End with a cliffhanger so we go to chapter 2 Need more info? Let’s read on then, shall we? (Learn moreContinue reading “5 Rules For Chapter One Of Your Book”

8 (Eye Opening) Tips For Bloggers From One Who Knows

I always like it when a more experienced person steps up to share their thoughts – good or bad – on a topics you guys are interested in. Lots of authors want a platform to connect with fans, or because they think they are supposed to blog, or whatever. Here, a veteran sheds some lightContinue reading “8 (Eye Opening) Tips For Bloggers From One Who Knows”

This Is THAT Month

When you are all finished with your manuscript, and you’ve run it through your critique partners, there is a big temptation to tinker with it. To have one more once-over, do some fine-tuning, and see about how much more to tweak it. Maybe don’t do that. Don’t fine tune your book into oblivion eternity. AtContinue reading “This Is THAT Month”

5 Reasons To Self Publish – From A Traditionally Published Author

Here are some highlights from a blog post at The Passive Voice. The remarks come from a traditionally published author. 5 Reasons To Self Publish (Edited for highlights I fund interesting, emphasis added – Dan) Unless you deliver an ‘approved manuscript’ your book won’t even be published. That means there’s subtle pressure on you toContinue reading “5 Reasons To Self Publish – From A Traditionally Published Author”

NOT For The Timid!

We build our house under a bunch of trees that were infested with wolf spiders. Those are about 3″ long but not fuzzy like tarantulas. After they put the roof on I went around with a flashlight and a hand vacuum and sucked ‘em all up, about 50 SPIDERS!!! Then I went to empty theContinue reading “NOT For The Timid!”

YOUR Secret Weapon – And Other Tips For Better Book Writing & Blogging

HOW I CAME TO KNOW WHAT I’M ABOUT TO TELL YOU I used to have a job where I drove around a lot. My wife would get in my car and wonder why I never listened to music, and it was because you can only hear the same five songs so many times before youContinue reading “YOUR Secret Weapon – And Other Tips For Better Book Writing & Blogging”

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