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Marketing for You, the Indie Writer – Part 3

Marketing for You, the Indie Writer – Part 3

| April 8, 2014 | 6 Comments

What are fans and how do I reach them? Let’s define fans as coming in these three flavors: 1)      Rabid – Buys every book and begs for more; subscribes to your newsletter; shares all your Facebook posts; brags about your book in Goodreads forums 2)      Core – Bought your most recent, but not your first; […]

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Marketing for You, the Indie Writer – Part 2

Marketing for You, the Indie Writer – Part 2

| April 1, 2014 | 7 Comments

In Part 1, I made a lot of promises about marketing and heard from several people with specific questions. I will cover many of them in greater detail in the coming posts. If you have a question, put it in the comments and I will give you a short answer, then I will cover it […]

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Marketing for You, the Indie Writer – Part 1

Marketing for You, the Indie Writer – Part 1

| March 26, 2014 | 10 Comments

Why do I shy away when people ask me for specific help marketing their books? After all, I am the guy who brags in forums and Facebook comments about having thirty years of sales and marketing background*, right? Because marketing is both harder and easier than people believe. It’s hard to get right. It’s easy […]

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You Asked for it, you got it: More Jacob!

You Asked for it, you got it: More Jacob!

| March 20, 2014 | 10 Comments

I’ve heard from many fans about how much they like Jacob. He’s dauntless in war, despicable in love, devious in strategy, and all that other hero-stuff. In other words, he’s the kind of guy you’d like to hang out with; especially if a fight breaks out. So, Episode VI is all Jacob, all the time. In keeping […]

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Cross-training the Creative Brain -or- Reviewing ePublishing Tools

Cross-training the Creative Brain -or- Reviewing ePublishing Tools

| March 11, 2014 | 13 Comments

When asked, Lee Child offered this advice for writers, “Writing is a solitary vision.” Taken to the extreme, like solitary confinement or being stranded on a deserted island (both of which I’ve scratched off my bucket list)*, solitude can drive you mad. How should a creative person keep sharp while seeking his vision? Due to […]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Outline (or Outline Gumbo)

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Outline (or Outline Gumbo)

| March 3, 2014 | 11 Comments

I hate outlining. It feels like work. But I need to outline. I’m an anarchic thinker who appreciates that my stories would benefit from better organization. I’ve tried pure run-with-it (à la Steven King, Lee Child, etc) and struggled through sloppy revisions. I’ve also tried strict, college-style outlining and hated my finished story. Writing from […]

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How Russell Blake Writes – Great Writers on Writing

How Russell Blake Writes – Great Writers on Writing

| February 11, 2014 | 12 Comments

As an avid, lifetime reader of Wall Street Journal, I pay attention when they do a front page article about an author named Russell Blake. Especially when the article states that he writes 7-10,000 words a day and that he works 12-15 hour days. I can’t even stay awake that long. The first question I […]

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Episode V is out today—and Episode I is taking off!

Episode V is out today—and Episode I is taking off!

| February 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

If you’re a fan of Pia Sabel, thank you. You are the BEST! You must have been telling your friends about the new Trench Coat series because, after some lackluster holiday sales, Episode I took off in January. Episode II also saw a bump. I expect (and hope) that will trickle down to the other […]

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Thriller of the Week – SOUTH by Lance Charnes

Thriller of the Week – SOUTH by Lance Charnes

| January 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

You will find no better dystopian thriller than SOUTH by Lance Charnes for a host of reasons. If you’re a reader, you’ll love the literary thrill ride. If you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll find the near-future unique and realistic. If you’re a writer, you can learn from this masterpiece. If you love flesh and blood characters, […]

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2013 Seeley James Awards

2013 Seeley James Awards

| January 1, 2014 | 9 Comments

Announcing the Second Annual Seeley James Awards! And you thought/hoped I’d fall off the edge of the world by now. Ha. While other awards require official entries, blind judging, fairness, and all that stuff, these are simply the best thrillers I’ve read over the last year.  What do the authors win? My admiration, a sheet […]

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