It's come to my attention that there's a debate raging between authors who call themselves "indie" and those who call themselves "self-published." I use the word raging loosely, because it's not exactly rocking the casbah. But apparently, it is a Thing.
The crux of the argument goes like this:
Self-publishing has a bad rep. People don't want to be associated with it, because it brings to mind vanity presses and books full of typos.
Indie publishing sounds cool and cutting edge, and makes people ...
So my new anthology, Doom Days is officially for sale on Amazon! If you liked Illegal Magic, check out this compilation of post-apocalyptic fiction!
I contributed a story to the anthology, along with four of my friends. It was a really fun - and challenging - project. We learned a lot about how to function together as a creative team, and we had a great time co-creating a world and filling it with characters.
Our plan is to write more anthologies together, set in the same world. Read the first... Continue reading...
I really thought I'd have another book for sale by now. But for some reason getting that first draft written is a slow, painful process. I watch my friends do NaNoWriMo and I am so jealous I could spit.
But then I think Wait a second! I could do that, too, if I wanted to!
And then I'm just mad at myself.
So lately I have been thinking about what makes it so hard for me to write. And I have come to the realization that I spend a lot of time looking for perfection.
I can't say too much about it, yet, but within the next couple of weeks, there will be another book by me for sale!!!
<we pause for cheers and the popping of champagne corks>
This is a little different from my last book. For starters, it's not a solo project. It's a collaborative anthology, including a story from me as well as stories from 4 of my good friends. All 5 stories are set in the same post-apocalyptic world, and we share some of the same characters. It's got romance and adventure... Continue reading...
Illegal Magic has been selling pretty steadily on Amazon (I know! I'm shocked too!) But the more I read/think about the whole Indie Publishing thing, the more I realize that I really need a better e-cover for my e-book. The cover I made myself wasn't terrible. But it wasn't...good.
So, I hired my friend, Sara, to create a better cover. Sara is amazing - a graphic artist, writer, belly dancer. She's basically a super-cool Renaissance woman. When we talked about the cover, she asked me what I w... Continue reading...
My roommate got a dog. Her name is Gypsy, and she is a super-sweet, 7 year old Golden Retriever. I know she belongs to my roommate ... and I know my roommate is moving to her new house in less than a month...and I know I'm leaving for summer camp in June...
But I LOVE this dog. We hang out all day. She mostly just lies around, while I work. She is sweet and loving and if I get up and move around, she follows me.
When I was a kid, I always had a dog - well, my parents always had a dog - and as ... Continue reading...
Self-publishing used to be a paper-&-ink enterprise, and the
up-front costs of creating a physical book were usually borne by the
author. Plus, before the Interwebs matured self-published authors had a
limited customer base.
The growing popularity of online
book-selling made distribution easier, and opened the door to a "print
on demand" business model that eliminated the risk of paying for copies
that might not sell. But the game didn't really change until the arrival
of e-readers. Not... Continue reading...