Book Biz Rules and Riddles 004

DON’T PAY FOR THE PRIVILEGE There’s something my father taught me when I was a teenager: “Never pay for the privilege of working for someone.” What I’ve added these words of warning is, “Go to shields-full anytime someone tells you it’s ‘good exposure.’” Whenever I hear that phrase, I think of a quote from the … Read more…

Book Biz Rules and Riddles 003

BRANDING AND COLLATERAL On the day you decide to make a career out of your writing, there are some things you need to consider as you work towards getting your name and face out in the real world. The first is that all writers are entrepreneurs—business owners—and you need to behave as such. In some … Read more…

Second in Sales – Advice for Writers

TIPS FOR UP-AND-COMING WRITERS: I found out today that I was second in sales for the month of November over at 7DS Books. They’re the ones who carry my short story collection Out Through the Attic. I’m not mentioning this to brag… well, I am… at least a little, but it’s not the most important … Read more…

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…

The Golden Unrule

I’m in a writer’s group run by a friend of mine.  It’s called “Paths to Publication” and it’s more about pursuing a writing career than it is about performing the act of writing.  We talk about projects and successes and failures.  We discuss how were pursuing our writing goals and what our long-term plans are.  I … Read more…

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