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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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A Price Too High, A Recommendation Missed

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in 2016, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

I was in the middle of Tom Harper’s Zodiac Station, a thriller set at a research station in the Arctic, when The Blizzard of 2016 hit Chester County, Pennsylvania. What better time to be reading a book with scenes like this? The wind roared like it was sucking the life off of the planet. Damn near carried us away before we got down the steps. Ice crystals...

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Swearing, Violence, and The Fussy Librarian

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in 2015, articles, Latest, Other Articles | 0 comments

I just signed up for a promotion through The Fussy Librarian, which proved to be an eye-opening experience. The Fussy Librarian has an interesting spin on the business of providing readers with book recommendations—readers can sign up to receive email notifications of ebooks based not only on genres of interest to them (à la BookBub), but also based on...

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