Podcasting: An Untapped Marketing Strategy

To date there are literally millions of podcasts out there each with a different subject to hock at us, most of them informational or for entertainment. Currently Ryan McKinley and I are recording a podcast called Fanboys on Fiction, and we are getting some regular hits on iTunes and on the host site, Podomatic.com.  However, IContinue reading “Podcasting: An Untapped Marketing Strategy”

My Daughter’s Gift

Last night I lay in bed with laptop open, writing away at Come Apart, my newest WIP.  Due to school starting up, the self-imposed renovation of my classroom, the induction of several new alternative education students into my program and a myriad of other things I have been neglecting it. It is always difficult to pickContinue reading “My Daughter’s Gift”

Sending One Book Along, Focusing On the Next One

This week was exciting! I offered my book This Broken Earth as a completely free Kindle edition and watched as copy after copy was downloaded.  The final total was 689. So what now? I have raised the price of This Broken Earth to $2.99 which is still dirt cheap.  The point is, that if you are one ofContinue reading “Sending One Book Along, Focusing On the Next One”

Broke 500 On My Free E-Book Giveaway! Only 1 Day Left!

I have officially given away 500 copies of This Broken Earth after only four days of offering on Amazon for free.  This has all been very exciting for me.  I’m pleased that so many people felt the need to download it, so now let’s just hope that this will translate into sales later. Even if itContinue reading “Broke 500 On My Free E-Book Giveaway! Only 1 Day Left!”

This Broken Earth is FREE for 5 Days!

Starting tomorrow through the 14th, my post apocalyptic novel This Broken Earth (all three books as one volume) will be available on Kindle for FREE for five days.  After this free promotion, the book will be available on Amazon for $2.99 and then after the 90 day run, will be available on iTunes and Nook again.  IfContinue reading “This Broken Earth is FREE for 5 Days!”

Bad Writing Is…Bad Writing

I’m a big fan of the summer movies, but lately there have been some real stinkers coming out of Hollywood.  Many of the films released this year have been dead on arrival, garnering positive percentage ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (a site that aggregates all internet reviews) of less than 20%. Films like The Lone Ranger,Continue reading “Bad Writing Is…Bad Writing”

New Podcast Up: Villains and Characterization

In this week’s podcast Ryan McKinley and I discuss our favorite villains in fiction and in pop culture and also what makes a great villain.  What must a writer do to create interesting, powerful villains?  Find out in this episode!

Oklahoma Tornadoes: Victims In Need

I am sure many of you reading this blog have seen nothing on the news but the tragic destruction of Moore, Oklahoma.  However, there is a community hit by an EF-3 tornado the night before these terrible events who are being missed by the media entirely. I live and work in the Little Axe community,Continue reading “Oklahoma Tornadoes: Victims In Need”

Oklahoma Tornadoes: In the Middle of Danger

Anyone who does not live in central Oklahoma probably doesn’t understand the threat of tornadoes like the people who live with it each year.  It seems that each year they get worse, the EF scale is red lined, and these terrible forces of nature flatten the homes of hundreds of families. Last night we evacuatedContinue reading “Oklahoma Tornadoes: In the Middle of Danger”