Why Kobo is Light-years Better

If you’re an independent or small publisher, or an independent author, then you really should read this. I’m both of those, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m talking about here. I’ve been doing this whole indie thing for a number of years, and I’ve worked with Amazon, CreateSpace, Kindle Direct, Barnes … Read more…

Wasabi Animeland 2014

It was Groucho Marx who said “I’d never be a member of an organization that would have me as a member.” In this case, I’m gratified that I get to be a panelist at Animeland’s Wasabi convention… or it is Wasabi’s Animeland convention… I can never tell. Regardless, I’ll be there for the duration, so … Read more…

A Warm Fuzzy for Me

I got the following in the mail the other day: We watched your video in class today. The students LOVED the introduction and were in awe of your pipe and your mohawk.They totally laughed when you called the student out for texting and even looked around the room. One 7th grade boy got nervous and … Read more…

Indies Are Leaving Money on the Table

This morning I realized something that is both shocking and disappointing. Most independent publishers of novels, anthologies, and magazines are leaving a great deal of money on the table. Here’s what happened. I’m spending this morning preparing for MileHiCon where I’ll be attending panels, carousing, comingling, and generally keeping in touch with fans, peers, and hopefully an … Read more…

October Installment at The Fictorians

Here’s another one of my blogs out at The Fictorians.  This one covers what *I think* is the importance of working the convention circuit if you’re a writer. Granted, it has a bit of a bias, but the benefits I’ve enjoyed as a result of attending cons are laid out pretty thoroughly. http://www.fictorians.com/2013/10/15/working-the-convention-circuit/

RMFW “Writing Great Action Scenes” Class

This past weekend the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers association held their Colorado Gold conference. It’s a three-day extravaganza of panels, classes, carousing, dinners, pitches, critiques, and awards. The hospitality suite at the end of each day was a bit like a Mos Eisley Cantina, minus the band and severed arm… and I was in good … Read more…

The Phase Shift of Media Distribution

If you are a storytelling “creative,” regardless of distribution channel, you need to watch this. I would recommend that Agents, Editors, Publishers, and producers of any sort of media pay very close attention to what Kevin Spacey has to say here. The key term is “Content,” and the old rules about what people buy or … Read more…

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