What’s My Name, Again?

And here I thought it was going to be such a dramatic hassle to change the name of my novel from The Sea Trials of an Unfortunate Sailor to Inside the Skin. I mean, I've been wanting to change it for quite a while now but kept putting it off thinking it would take a … Continue reading What’s My Name, Again?

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Happy Cyborg Monday!

Hey, wow! To celebrate Cyborg Monday*, you can download all my ebooks from Amazon for free for the day! If interested, you can read a sample and download them from here. And as always, thank you for shopping at Amazon where your feedback in the form of reviews are always welcomed (and desired). #prayforthesingularity **** … Continue reading Happy Cyborg Monday!

So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

I began a quest a while back to understand how Indie Authors such as myself can leverage the seemingly incomprehensible (at least to an old dud like me) yet immensely popular messaging app called Snapchat. To be honest, I gave up any hope of me ever using the app as part of my publishing platform … Continue reading So, it looks like “The Industry” is finally beginning to figure out this Snapchat thing…

So, about this Snapchat thing… Yeah, it really is a thing it seems

A while back I wrote a brief post asking if anyone was using Snapchat as part of their marketing platform. I got a few responses... I checked the app out... I didn't get it at all... And then I forgot about it. Well, it appears the app is making it harder and harder for us … Continue reading So, about this Snapchat thing… Yeah, it really is a thing it seems

Scout…and doubt

I am learning so much from the wonderful members of WRITE EDIT WRITE, our private facebook group for writers and readers. For example, this fantastic post by Author Kathy Cecala I am reblogging for your convenience and possible instruction here.

Are any of you participating in or even aware of this KINDLE SCOUT thingy? If so, what are your thoughts, I wonder.

Let me know. And please check out Kathy’s article and then go visit her Scout page and nominate her book!

Please. :)

 

Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

So in the midst of this especially trying election season,  I’m announcing that I’m officially a candidate…for Kindle Scout. My newest novel is Wives of the Saints. Find my electioneering page here https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2FG91Y0LS2F58  and visit at your own risk:    I know I should be cheerfully bombarding everyone for “nomination” clicks, but I won’t: I only invite you to look at the page and decide for yourself. And if you haven’t guessed already by the tone of this post, I’m not completely onboard with the whole thing, which is basically marketing and bothering people in the disguise of a writing competition. It is, however, a relatively painless and gentle way to roll out the new novel, which, if you haven’t guessed yet, is simply a funny and bittersweet book about a pair of longtime marriages. The folks at Scout  encourage you to compare it to some other work, which I…

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George Saunders On Story

I haven't read any Saunders yet; been meaning to...more so after watching this:     I discovered this video at Saunders' site. I watched it first at The Atlantic. You can see it in its original production at the beautiful site of Redglass Pictures. If there are any Saunders fans or nonfans out there, what … Continue reading George Saunders On Story

Don’t judge my book…

Kathy Cecala, an Indie Author and an active and valuable member of our private Facebook group for writers and readers, has some interesting and useful thoughts on the dark art of choosing and creating book covers. I strongly encourage you to check it and all the many other intriguing and compelling writing she has shared for us to read for free on her website.

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Kathy Cecala: The Persistent Writer

Yes, I’m on a writing break, but it doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the cover for my next. As we all know, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we all do, it seems.  Supposed experts in publishing tell us the cover is your most important marketing tool, though my own informal survey of readers begs to differ. Some readers will choose a book solely on its cover, but others could care less, using reviews or information on the product page to make their decision.

Truth be told, I’m in the latter group. Half the time I don’t even look at the cover of a book, even when I’ve finished reading it. And this probably explains why I tend to give short shrift to my own covers as an author. But this time I’m trying to take it seriously, mainly because I don’t feel the…

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Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers

  So, I'm creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing. This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter … Continue reading Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers

So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #3

We Have Our Captain! I am pleased and honored to announce that we have found/been blessedly bestowed with a Director for our film LEAVE. With a captain now at our film's helm (yes, I do love my sailing metaphors), we will soon be launching our Indiegogo funding campaign, where we will happily and proudly announce … Continue reading So, I’m Going To Make A Movie… UPDATE #3

So, about this Snapchat #socialmedia thing…

I wonder... Are any Indie Authors using it to promote their work? And if they are, are they finding it worthy of the time and brain cells it took them to learn yet another social media thing for which to suck them away from their writing (not that I need it for an excuse to … Continue reading So, about this Snapchat #socialmedia thing…

So, about that newsletter of mine…

Have you had a chance to check out what's going on with Newsletter Love lately? We recently announced that we will be sending out 2015 in style, meaning me sharing your poetry and other writing via the newsletter on New Year's Eve and with a selected few being published right here on the blog as … Continue reading So, about that newsletter of mine…

Need Help Publishing Your Book?

  Inspired by a love of literature in specific and "The Arts" in general, as well as our very own Indie Author Book Selection & Review (IABS&R), it is my pleasure to introduce you to a long in planning yet new venture of mine, a venture of which is in possession of the entrepreneurial name … Continue reading Need Help Publishing Your Book?

At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories…

You know, seeing how we already have robots writing poetry and composing music, I assume we will soon have robots taking over as reviewers and editors, as well. I yearn for that day... You see, months and months ago -- essentially an eternity in our hyper-paced, brain-frazzling, tele-connected, continually-morphing-right-before-our-eyes day and age -- in an … Continue reading At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories…

One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV…

I was going to post this on Saturday, seeing that August 8 was the last day for submissions to this volume of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review, but when I went to check my post office box - something I do only infrequently or when one of you kind folk email me to … Continue reading One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV…

HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL by K.D. Rose: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal

I'm very happy to say that we have yet another submission to ponder over for Volume IV of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review. And by what I've seen of the book so far, it appears to be quite the submission, indeed. And I'm very very happy to say that this may not even … Continue reading HEAVY BAGS OF SOUL by K.D. Rose: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal

A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal

This reveal comes from the second package of books I received the other day from my significant haul at the PO Box. The first package of which I revealed here. Subsequent to this haul I received another package from author K.D. Rose, so I will be revealing her book sometime next week. In the interim, … Continue reading A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal