KDP Success: No rhyme or reason

I’m a fan of Ecclesiastes 9:11:  “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” It reminds meContinue reading “KDP Success: No rhyme or reason”

Compelling characters create connections

Every author wants characters you, the reader, believe in, root for, love, or hate. You want your reader to care about your characters, no matter how prolific or damaged they are, and you do that by establishing a connection between character and reader. I’m willing to bet that most people who drive by a terribleContinue reading “Compelling characters create connections”

Happy endings and loose ends in fiction

Last week, I wrapped up writing my 2012 release, The Anarchists. It’s the story about the impact of choice, and how four people decide the fate of the planet in the year 2050. What I’m doing with it now is what I liken to post-production work on a film — adding in “effects,” and tyingContinue reading “Happy endings and loose ends in fiction”

Save time & money: Why you need a publishing mentor

I call myself a “publishing mentor,” and not because I like cutesy titles (I actually HATE them). Authors interested in indie publishing (ESPECIALLY self-publishing) need information to successfully navigate the publishing process. You could use someone on your team who’s not trying to hawk their wares instead of offering you another, efficient, time-saving way, couldn’t you?Continue reading “Save time & money: Why you need a publishing mentor”

Start a publishing biz for cheap!

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak at a book fair. Self-published authors and an indie author were in attendance, and most appeared less than receptive to what I was saying. Building your own publishing business is A way to get yourself published, not necessarily THE way or YOUR way. That said, there are some veryContinue reading “Start a publishing biz for cheap!”