This Week’s Roundup: 8/30/2012

1.  E-Book Price Fixing Punished – The U.S. Department of Justice finally nabbed some price fixing companies.  They will have to reimburse customers over $69 million. 2.  E-Books Worldwide – Yet another story proving that the e-book revolution is here to stay.  More and more international authors are jumping on the e-book publishing bandwagon.  AccordingContinue reading “This Week’s Roundup: 8/30/2012”

I Am Offering Editing Services

As you may notice, I have a new tab at the top of my blog page.  At the request of several people I have decided to offer editing services to anyone who wishes to have their novel or short story chopped down to a more workable form.  The following are the details: 1.  I willContinue reading “I Am Offering Editing Services”

Inspiration Comes from Everywhere

As you all know, I just finished the rough draft of This Broken Earth: Book 1, The U.S. of After and after revising a few times sent it off to my readers for review.  This does not mean I stop working.  I am simply in a holding pattern while I work up the nerve to startContinue reading “Inspiration Comes from Everywhere”

Finishing a Rough Draft: a Retrospective

Yesterday at 3:17pm I finished the rough draft of Book I: The U.S. of After, the first installment of a larger novel This Broken Earth.  The novel is about the lives of several individuals on a trek to find their way to New Orleans from Norman, Oklahoma after the events of World War 3 and a vicious pandemicContinue reading “Finishing a Rough Draft: a Retrospective”

3 Reasons I’m Getting My Own Domain Name

I’ve thought about it for a while, and have decided that on Monday my blog will no longer have the word “wordpress” in my URL.  It will only cost me $18 a year, and here are the benefits I will reap: 1. Professional Image – My blog will no longer be “just another WordPress blog”,Continue reading “3 Reasons I’m Getting My Own Domain Name”

Houghton Mifflin Files for Bankruptcy and the Publishing Industry Limps On

The San Francisco Chronicle yesterday reported that “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., the publisher of authors from Mark Twain to J.R.R. Tolkien, sought bankruptcy protection to eliminate more than $3 billion in debt.  The company, based in Boston, listed $2.68 billion in assets and $3.53 billion in debt in Chapter 11 documents filed today inContinue reading “Houghton Mifflin Files for Bankruptcy and the Publishing Industry Limps On”

Samantha Shannon: The Next J.K. Rowling?

I read an article today about Samantha Shannon who will release a novel entitled The Bone Season this year.  She is a literature student at Oxford University and many people say she could be the next billion dollar author, as her book will be one of seven books in a series. She has everything going forContinue reading “Samantha Shannon: The Next J.K. Rowling?”

Good Writing Should Tell the Truth

One of my favorite writers is Wendell Berry, an essayist, poet, novelist, farmer, activist and environmentalist.  He is a wise sage of our time, pointing out our society’s problems and struggles with uncanny accuracy. In a letter to an English teacher who wrote to him about the subject, Berry writes: The thought that I keep returning to isContinue reading “Good Writing Should Tell the Truth”

Google Zeitgeist: How a Writer Uses Trends

As a fiction writer, it is important to know your audience.  If you have never done any research to discover what demographic your proposed novel might reach (or not reach) then you may be wasting valuable time writing a novel that no one will read. Google Zeitgeist is a fantastic engine created to show researchersContinue reading “Google Zeitgeist: How a Writer Uses Trends”

Youthful Dreams: A Writer’s Journey Over 25 Years

I started writing short stories and poetry in 10th grade.  The reason, in the beginning, was simple: wooing women.  Of course, none of the poems I wrote ever ended up in the hands of any girls, but I soldiered on, and my sophomore year began with a creative writing class where we were not reallyContinue reading “Youthful Dreams: A Writer’s Journey Over 25 Years”