Reader Mail: A Reader With Great Questions

Like many blogs I have a contact page where people can e-mail questions or simply hit me up for editing services.  I love doing editing work because it keeps me sharp, but once in a while someone will send an e-mail that makes me think.   Today’s e-mail comes from Merle Temple, a novelist whoContinue reading “Reader Mail: A Reader With Great Questions”

Novel Contests vs Self Publishing

I had big plans this January to enter the Amazon Breakout Novelist Competition with my newest book Come Apart.  Of all of the novels I have written, I feel that this is some of my best work as a writer.  The competition has a grand prize of $50,000 and a publishing contract, but as I haveContinue reading “Novel Contests vs Self Publishing”

Moneyball and the Publishing Industry

The above scene from the Brad Pitt film Moneyball is poignant for many reasons, but when I saw it again recently I instantly began thinking about the publishing industry. In the clip, Billy Beene (Brad Pitt) is interviewed by the Boston Red Sox owner who offers him $12.5 million to be their general manager.  The speechContinue reading “Moneyball and the Publishing Industry”

Writing Article Roundup

This week as I was attending the AP Language and Composition conference, I had time during the breaks to peruse the internet for awesome articles about writing and indie publishing.  I have several this week, so let’s get to it. Mergers – This article on “Digital Book World” by Jack W. Perry breaks down whatContinue reading “Writing Article Roundup”

10 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Novelist

  It has been a year and a half since I started this blog, and I thought I would write a retrospective about some of the things I have learned about writing novels and the publishing industry in general that would be some good knowledge for people just starting out.  This post is intended forContinue reading “10 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Novelist”

Building a Platform: Short Story Submissions

This past weekend I attended Soonercon, a local science fiction/fantasy convention, and while browsing around the con dressed to the hilt as John McClane from Die Hard I happened upon a fellow novelist who was happily selling his hard work right next to my good friend artist Jerry Bennett.  I spent a little time talking toContinue reading “Building a Platform: Short Story Submissions”

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”

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”

One Book Every Self-Publisher Needs to Devour

I just finished reading a book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch that is everything a self-publisher needs to know about self-publishing and how to be successful in that area.  It’s called APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book. Basically, it is a book written by someone who knows the industry and how it works,Continue reading “One Book Every Self-Publisher Needs to Devour”