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Professionalism and The Indy Author

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in 2018, articles | 0 comments

A local library is soliciting applications for an author expo that invites participation from both “professionally-published and self-published authors.” Who can guess why that caused me to sit down at my laptop and hammer out this blog post? You may already be familiar with my dislike of the term “self-published”—it suggests a solo effort that in no way...

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An Epic Review … and Author Etiquette

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018 in 2018, articles | 0 comments

On November 21, 2017, Russell J. Sanders left this epic review of The Sense of Reckoning …   Matty Dalrymple’s The Sense of Reckoning is apparently the second in a series featuring main character Anne Kinnear, a woman who is quickly developing psychic powers. I purchased this on a recent trip to Bar Harbor, Maine, in my quest to read books from...

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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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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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Reading Your Work Aloud

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in 2016, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

I highly recommend investing the time to read your work aloud before you send it to your editor for the copy edit (your editor will thank you). What are the benefits? The slower pace that reading aloud forces enables you to catch content mistakes you might otherwise miss (for example, referring to “twenty-first century office buildings” in a flashback to...

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