Science Fiction Is On the Rise

I am a huge science fiction nerd and have been since I was a small boy.  Apparently we nerds are growing in number around the world, at least in the realm of e-book sales.  In a recent Wired Magazine article by Graeme McMillan, the big publishing houses are taking notice.  It appears that with the successContinue reading “Science Fiction Is On the Rise”

Hamartia and the Modern Reader

An article written in 2008 by Lionel Shriver entitled “Missing the Mark” still rings true today.  Even though the article is largely about the dissappearance of quotation marks in dialogue, Shriver points out that the reason that the creation of new literary works are on the decline in the United States is simply because theContinue reading “Hamartia and the Modern Reader”

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”

Brick and Mortar Book Stores: Dreams Gone By

Today I read an article about the future of the brick and mortar book store and even though the self-publishing boon may be calming down to some degree, the dreams that I had of seeing a row of my books on the shelves of Barnes & Noble or another store like that may be longContinue reading “Brick and Mortar Book Stores: Dreams Gone By”

Literary Agents Are Like Anglers

I like to think of literary agents as if they are anglers with a very good fishing rod, with the best bait in the world, but in the end they are still only anglers.  As a child of the country I know very well what angling or fishing is all about.  Angling is about ten percentContinue reading “Literary Agents Are Like Anglers”

While Waiting On the Agent…I’ll Revise Again…and Again

I did it, or rather God has blessed me, and I currently have an agent trying to shop This Broken Earth to a couple of publishing houses.  I received some very good criticism from the literary agent, criticism that would make for a much better book if I were to tweak here and cut there.  My agentContinue reading “While Waiting On the Agent…I’ll Revise Again…and Again”

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”

On Speaking to a Literary Agent

Today I stressed all day because I was to receive a phone call from a literary agent from Glass Road Media Management.  I was so excited to get the phone call, and had a great meeting with Rebeca and Charlie Seitz who own the company.  Our meeting went well, and we spoke for nearly 90Continue reading “On Speaking to a Literary Agent”

Recorded Our First Podcast: Fanboys on Fiction

Well, we did it.  We have two episodes in the can and plan to release even more as the year goes on.  I now have my own podcast to debut on Sunday night if all goes according to plan.  It’s all part of my many step plan to build my platform as a writer, andContinue reading “Recorded Our First Podcast: Fanboys on Fiction”

This Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a new year.  Yesterday was a retrospect on what I have done, and today shall be a list of things I hope to accomplish in 2013.  So here goes: 1.  Podcast – Very soon (tomorrow to be exact) I will collaborate with another indie writer friend of mine, Ryan McKinley, (writer of The PirateContinue reading “This Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions”