The Handy-Dandy Author Career-Path Graph

Assuming you can pen a good story (a rather large given), then the key to indie-author success is output. The more books you write, the better chance you have of striking a reader. The key to curing most indie-author fits of self-doubt (which are frequent) is also output; feeling bad about your sales? Write through…
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First-Person Shenanigans

My new book, Follow the Crow, which is with the formatting and digitizing crew as we speak, is written in first-person present tense (FPP for the purposes of this blog). This was no accident. I crafted the story specifically so I could write it in first person, but it was a major departure for me…
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Things to do in 2014: Ignore the Facts

It has become something of an indie-author tradition at the end of/beginning of the year to opine about what happened and predict what is to come in the world of self-publishing. I was all excited to do a similar post, which I’m sure would have been quite pithy and witty and full of humorous anecdotes…
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All a writer wants for Christmas is…

What do you get your favorite indie-author for Christmas? I am positive at least 3, maybe even 4 of you out there are worried about this. And no, “get him to shut up about his books” is not an acceptable answer. Here are a few ideas for the precocious rogue of a writer that we…
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The merits of killing off all of your characters

Let’s be honest, people only really come to appreciate a thing when they are in danger of losing it. This holds true for friends and family, boyfriends, girlfriends, pets, your favorite ratty old chair, that Van Halen poster hanging on the wall, and your extensive beer bottle collection. It also holds true for your characters….
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The black days of writing

There comes a time in every writer’s career…no, scratch that, there comes a couple of times in every writer’s career…wait, strike that again, there are many times during the writing process…hold on, I can phrase that better: There comes many times during every waking day of a writer’s life in which they come to the…
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Blind leading the blind

Today I’m going to write the first in a series of blogs that purports to discuss a topic on publishing but are also in actuality a not-so-subtle plug for a new book series we’re publishing. Hey, at least I’m up front with you. I was inspired by how some of the best people I know…
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