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Happy Independents Day! Navigating Indy

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in 2017, articles, Other Articles | 0 comments

Welcome to my annual Happy Independents Day post! Today I’d like to discuss one of the first obstacles you will navigate as The Indy Author: the potentially keel-scraping shoals of describing your publishing approach. I recommend you do not describe your approach as “self-publishing.” It sounds amateurish—someone who gets drunk on a Friday night and...

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Getting Past the Fear of (First Draft) Commitment

Getting Past the Fear of (First Draft) Commitment

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in 2017, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

Bernard Malamud once commented, “The first draft of anything is suspect unless one is a genius.” I am suspect of the “genius” caveat, and am more in agreement with Ernest Hemingway that “the first draft of anything is rubbish” (although he expressed it more colorfully). However, the hesitance to commit words to paper, actual or virtual, because you know...

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Episode 009 – The Craft and Business of Short Fiction

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Podcast | 0 comments

Tony Conaway has been a published writer since 1990. He has written dozens of nonfiction articles for venues as varied as airline in-flight magazines, business publications, men’s magazines, and medical publications. These days, he is concentrating on his fiction writing. At present, he has had over thirty short stories published, some of which have been...

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Preparing for Author Blurb Requests

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in 2017, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

Have you ever been reading a book and thought, “I love this book—and other readers who love this book would love my books, too!” In the past, when I experienced this, I would make a mental note to remember the author as a candidate for providing an author blurb for one of my books. Later (sometimes much later), when I was finishing a book and was...

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