Tuesday thoughts

It still amazes me the vitriol and pearl-clutching we are seeing from both sides of the political spectrum. There are those who are still firmly convinced Trump is trying to overthrow the Constitution and set himself up as emperor or something. Every action he takes is compared to Hitler or Stalin. Protesters take to the streets and many of them see no problem with destroying private property or assaulting people who don’t […]

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Holiday update

They say that all battle plans go out the window the moment you engage the enemy. Well, that pretty much holds true for writers announcing schedules, especially around the holidays. I had hoped to have Dagger of Elanna out by now. But the holidays and a nagging injury that has turned into more than just nagging has thrown a huge wrench into the works. (In other words, when one has only one […]

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What is the truth?

No, this isn’t a political post. I am doing my best to stay away from them for the moment. Otherwise, my poor wall won’t survive my head being beaten against it. However, much like the political scene, publishing insiders and commentators are telling us that traditional publishing is making a comeback. E-book consumption is on the decline and soon all will be right with the publishing world. We have a PEW report […]

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Being clueless is not a good way to run a business

Sometimes, I wonder if the bean counters of traditional publishing ever look beyond their spreadsheets. Do they look at any of the online forums frequented by readers and authors? Do they look at things like Authors Earnings? I found myself wondering it again as I read this article in Publisher’s Weekly. The short version of the article is simple. Traditional publishing isn’t making as much from the sale of e-books than it […]

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Here a format, there a format (Pt. 2)

Yesterday, I began a series of posts on formatting. That post dealt with most of the nuts and bolts of formatting the interior of an e-book.  The basic rule boils down to being consistent, not using a lot of fancy fonts, and remembering that there are numerous different e-reader apps and e-readers. What that means is to bear in mind that keeping it simple is your best bet. Before we move on […]

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Update

I’ve been head down at the keyboard, doing my best to catch up on not only my writing but the editing projects that have been backlogged for much too long. The writing is back on track, fortunately, and the editing is getting there. I’m hopeful that everything will be caught up within the next two weeks. In the meantime, Slay Bells Ring will be going live for purchase later this week as […]

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Getting the creative juices flowing again

A couple of quick notes first. I have a blog post up at Twisted Writers today discussing what platforms you can look at when going the indie route. Coincidentally, my friend Cedar Sanderson has one up at Mad Genius Club on “the fading stigmata of self-publishing“. Finally, we got our first look at the new royalty payments for Kindle Unlimited titles and, so far, I am very pleased with what I’m seeing. […]

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On being an indie

I can’t remember a time when stories haven’t been a part of my life. I was lucky because I grew up in a household where reading was valued. My parents read to me when I was too young to read to myself. Once I was old enough to read, it wasn’t unusual at all to find the three of us sitting in the den at night reading instead of watching TV. My […]

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Signals across the void –awards and other signs.

(This is a reblog of Dave Freer’s wonderful post at Mad Genius Club. After everything that went on over the weekend at that Heinlein page I blogged about yesterday and then seeing how someone has failed to do their homework and seems to think Dorothy L. Sayers is male, I thought we needed some sanity and straight talk. Dave can always be counted on to give us that.) There is a lot signaling […]

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Formatting issues and concerns

While talking with Cedar Sanderson yesterday, the conversation turned to e-book formatting. Her comment was that she has noticed how e-book formatting has evolved over the last few years. For a moment, I wasn’t sure what she meant. Then I realized she was right. Formatting for e-books has come a long way over the last few years. Part of the reason is because e-books are being read on more advanced and powerful […]

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