New Podcast Up: Research and the Writer

In the latest podcast, Ryan and I discuss the importance of researching for a novel and give some practical ways that you can maximize your research efforts to make sure that you do not make your reader scoff when they know more than you about a certain environment, job or scientific theory.  Find it hereContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Research and the Writer”

New Podcast Up: Revision – When You’ve Made a Huge Mistake

In this podcast, Ryan McKinley and I discuss revision.  We discuss the importance of self editing and provide some solid tips on how to maximize your time revising your novel or short story.  How much is too much?  What are some areas that we as writers have the most difficulty with when writing prose?  FindContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Revision – When You’ve Made a Huge Mistake”

Using Scrivener and iBooks Author to Create an iTunes iBook

As many of you know, I absolutely love Scrivener, which is in many ways so much more than a word processor.  If you are a do-it-yourself publisher and just want to publish a book through iTunes, you will need a couple of things first: An iTunes sales account.  Sign up here. Scrivener for Mac orContinue reading “Using Scrivener and iBooks Author to Create an iTunes iBook”

Landing An Agent: The Steps Taken

By God’s blessing I have an agent who is going to pitch my book to a couple of publishing houses (small ones, because you have to start somewhere), but this kind of stuff doesn’t happen overnight, and I have been on a long winding road to this point in my writing career.  I decided toContinue reading “Landing An Agent: The Steps Taken”

Podcast Preview: Why Self Publish?

On the Fridays before our new podcast episode airs, I will be writing a little blog preview of what we will be discussing on the show.  I absolutely love the podcast idea, and it has been so much fun creating them.  The podcasts debut on every other weekend, so hop on over to iTunes andContinue reading “Podcast Preview: Why Self Publish?”

E-Publishing Predictions for 2013

Today I received an e-mail update from Mark Coker because I am a Smashwords member (that is, I have published to Smashwords and they see fit to send updates my way about their company).  Mark Coker, president of Smashwords.com, which is a wonderful vehicle for self publishers to publish their work for free in every formatContinue reading “E-Publishing Predictions for 2013”

Writing a Novel: A Retrospective

This Broken Earth  is finished, as far as the series versions.  I will go back these next few weeks to fine tune and tweak the entire thing so that I might produce them as one volume.  These will include a print edition through CreateSpace, and a Kindle, Nook and iTunes version as well.  After spendingContinue reading “Writing a Novel: A Retrospective”

My Book Releases Tomorrow…Or the World Will End

As I write this it is 10:20pm Central Standard Time in the United States, and I’m pretty sure we will be here tomorrow, at least I hope we will.  The final part of my book releases tomorrow!  It has been a long 18 months of work, but I finally get to see the whole thingContinue reading “My Book Releases Tomorrow…Or the World Will End”

A New Personal Record

This last weekend I worked on my novel marathon style.  Saturday I managed to participate in the annual Norman Holiday Parade, dressing up as a special forces scout trooper and marching with my JediOKC friends.  At 1:00pm, after downing a gluten free lunch at Texadelphia, it was off to the laptop for a non-stop writingContinue reading “A New Personal Record”

The Truth About ISBN Numbers

There are many authors out there who want to publish their books, and publishing through Amazon Kindle or Nook for free seems to be a growing route for most people who desire to circumvent the traditional publishing methods.  The traditional method means sending query after query to a long list of literary agents and thenContinue reading “The Truth About ISBN Numbers”