The Perils of Writer’s Paranoia

Well, the giveaway promotion for Blue Fall is over, and it was a resounding success. All said and done, I gave away around 17,500 copies of the book. I’ve received several great reviews from the promo, and Blue Fall is better positioned on Amazon because of it. It feels quite strange, having 17,500 copies of…
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Want to sell your book? Then you have to give it away.

Perhaps the greatest oxymoron of self-publishing is that in order to sell books you must give them away. I fought against it, at first. Everyone does. Every writer thinks that their precious book is a rare and beautiful flower, like an orchid that blooms once every century. It’s easy to fall prey to this line…
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Writing Success: On the wings of a majestic owl?

The other day I was sitting at my desk, flabbergasted that we, as a people, haven’t yet trained birds to bring us everything we need. There are so many birds out there, and they’ve been there forever, and there are so many things that we use on a daily basis that are bird carry-able, that…
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Nobody likes a writer’s pity party

If you want someone to read your work, you need to call attention to yourself. In other news: the sky is blue, water is wet, writers are broke, and editors like Advil. I’m amazed at how often people forget the attention bit. The one thing tabloids do very well, aside from find unflattering pictures of…
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Rioting for Reviews!

Let’s talk for a second about independent book bloggers. They inspire within independent authors a range of emotions, from exasperation to awe. Mostly awe. I’m going to paint a picture here for you that I hope will help you understand the plight and power of the indie book blogger. First, some background: There have been…
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Yeah you can write it, but can you sell it?

A fellow writing blogger (John Bell over at StartYourNovel.com) brought up an excellent response to our last post on quitting, that went a little farther than even our hard hitting, gumshoe analysis did in figuring out why writers are quitting all over the place. And it is happening, even though you might not see it….
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How good are you…really?

I throw a lot at the wall in this blog, and in publishing in general, just to see what sticks. Since, as I’ve said before, things are changing so fast in this industry that nobody really can say with authority that they know what they’re doing, I sometimes think that the blind-dart-throw approach is as…
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