Vanity vs. Self-Publishing: Is There a Difference?

There is definitely a stigma about using a “vanity press” or a publishing house that charges big bucks (usually) to publish a book that an author has written.  For years, a “vanity press” has been seen by industry leaders as a press that will publish anyone at all who has enough money, particularly people whoContinue reading “Vanity vs. Self-Publishing: Is There a Difference?”

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”

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”

Weekly Roundup: 9/27/12

Some great and informative writing/publishing posts hit the net this week.  Here are a few I thought were noteworthy for every writer/self-publisher out there. 1.  Rian Johnson – The screenwriter gives us some insight into his own writing process for writing the original screenplay for the new film Looper which stars Bruce Willis and JosephContinue reading “Weekly Roundup: 9/27/12”

Weekly Roundup: 9/21/12

It has been a busy week, but now I am off for my annual trip to Ennis, Texas where Conner and I and a few friends will attend the NHRA drag races.  This will be our third year at the races, and it looks to be a great weekend since it will be 80 degreesContinue reading “Weekly Roundup: 9/21/12”

KDP Select: Read the Fine Print

  Amazon Kindle is a great format for publishing a novel, as I have much experience uploading my work to them for publication through digital channels.  I also have published my books through Nook and on Smashwords.  However, Amazon wants exclusivity if they are going to enroll you in KDP.  According to their FAQ page:Continue reading “KDP Select: Read the Fine Print”

Weekly Roundup: 9/8/2012

This weeks stories were interesting in that they show where the industry of self-publishing is moving.  We also delve into the seedy underbelly of some of its darker nature.  Enjoy. 1.  It’s a Crime – Major crime writer R.J. Ellory is caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  All he had to do wasContinue reading “Weekly Roundup: 9/8/2012”

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”

This Week’s Round Up: Information and Inspiration

This week we have some very good information about self-publishing and two stories that are posted here simply for inspirational reasons.  We all need that.  I love these inspirational stories.  Sometimes it’s the only thing I need to get back on the horse and dig the spurs in. 1.  Alan Finder over at the NewContinue reading “This Week’s Round Up: Information and Inspiration”

Friday Roundup: This Week’s Self Publishing Articles

This week’s roundup holds a fistful of great advice for self-publishers.  Being a self-publisher is a very hard life, which usually includes searching the internet for the best marketing strategy, creating a great cover, and using Twitter and Facebook like mad to market to an audience…not to mention blogging.  I learned a lot of greatContinue reading “Friday Roundup: This Week’s Self Publishing Articles”