New Podcast Up: The Props Under the Platform

In this episode, Ryan and I discuss ways that a writer can increase their platform in order to become more recognized as a writer and to hopefully garner the attention of agents and publishers. We discuss many ideas that we have tried and successes we have had in building the ever important writer’s platform. WeContinue reading “New Podcast Up: The Props Under the Platform”

Christmas: Blessings Counted

Today is Christmas, and it is probably one of my favorite holidays, however I am increasingly fed up with the fact that it is the only holiday save Easter that is being eradicated by the corporate machine, remolded into some meaningless day where you get gifts for people who are probably going to take themContinue reading “Christmas: Blessings Counted”

Blog Spam Is Sometimes Hilarious

I am not really sure where it comes from, but I will often get comments to my blog posts that are…well…nonsensical spam.  Today I decided to post some examples of this for your enjoyment, and since this is a blog about writing, the sad thing would be that these writers are wasting their time writing thisContinue reading “Blog Spam Is Sometimes Hilarious”

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!”

My Post Apocalypse Novel 5 Day Giveaway – Day 3

I checked Kindle Direct Publishing and yet another 120 copies of the book have been downloaded.  Looks like this freebie thing is a great idea after all. It is exciting to know that a total of 427 people have grabbed up my book (even if it is offered for free) and soon will be readingContinue reading “My Post Apocalypse Novel 5 Day Giveaway – Day 3”

New Podcast Up: Where Have All the Good Writers Gone?

Ryan and I had a great time discussing the lackluster summer movie season and why most of the films to hit theaters this summer have been colossal duds.  Could it be that writing has taken a back seat to possible blockbuster “sure things”?  What if the “sure things” don’t fly?  They can’t if they haveContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Where Have All the Good Writers Gone?”

I’m Giving Away My Post Apocalyptic Novel – Day 2

Here I am in the middle of day 2 of the 5 day give away of my post apocalyptic novel This Broken Earth.  I went to Kindle Direct just moments ago and found the following information about how many books have been downloaded since the promo began yesterday (click the image below to expand): I haveContinue reading “I’m Giving Away My Post Apocalyptic Novel – Day 2”

For the Teachers: 5 Awesome Websites!

School starts back in a few weeks for me, and I spent the summer attending some really cool conferences (mostly Advanced Placement).  One of the most important things I discovered at these conferences was the websites that the teachers use to enhance their classroom learning environment.  Sure, you could pay some website a lot ofContinue reading “For the Teachers: 5 Awesome Websites!”

Teaching: Why It Is Not What It Used To Be

Today’s letter on the A to Z Blogging Challenge is “T”, and if there is something that has been on my mind lately it is teaching.  A few weeks ago, a retiring teacher Gerald Conti posted to Facebook about the teaching profession as it stands today.  The letter went viral.  In it, Conti cited theContinue reading “Teaching: Why It Is Not What It Used To Be”

Know Your Demographic

If there is one thing that many independent and amateur writers fall for is the idea that their particular genre or idea for a novel will be an instant best seller.  As I write this I imagine billions of writers out there toiling away at novels they deeply believe are books that people will wantContinue reading “Know Your Demographic”