Category: Writing

Apr 09

75% of authors misuse free ebook promotion

I just read a post that cites an imaginary statistic, and that is so absolutely flawed in it’s premise that I felt the need to put pixel to screen in the hopes of correcting this gross error.  From the post: “…Now this is a very important mistake and 75% of the authors do that. They …

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Mar 17

Inspiration from Tom Clancy

Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his …

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Mar 11

Chili Cooking the Ninja Cooking System way

I’m a chili snob.  There.  I said it.  A little personal insight into the twisted mind of Shawn E. Bell. For decades I’ve cooked chili, attended chili cook-offs, sampled great (and not so great) chili, and traveled wherever there was chili to be had.  I’ve amassed hand-written notebooks and computer directories that are chock full …

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Mar 10

Self-Publishers Should Not Be Called Authors

…and other stupid blog post titles. To say that the landscape of publishing has dramatically changed over the last five years is an idiotic statement.  The landscape of publishing has been dramatically changing since it’s inception.  Just because someone finally noticed — after the printing press dramatically changed the landscape; after offset printing dramatically changed …

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Mar 05

Camp NaNoWriMo set to start up in April and July of 2014!

Chris Angotti, the Director of Programs over at NaNoWriMo sent out an email blast to everyone on the mailing list for NaNoWriMo about the summer program.  If you’ve never tried to write 50,000 words in month you should.  That’s what NaNoWriMo is all about.  Camp NaNoWriMo is the off-season alternative to the ginormous November writing event, …

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Feb 27

Fourth and final Sherlock Holmes book published on this day in 1915

On this day in 1915, the fourth (and final) Sherlock Holmes book The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle was first published as a novel.  The story was first published as a serial in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915.  Legend has it that the story is based on the “real-life exploits …

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Feb 16

2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest entry period now open

The 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest (ABNA) entry period has opened. The ABNA contest is open to unpublished and self-published English-language novels. Entries will be accepted through March 2, 2014, or until 10,000 eligible entries are received, and can now be submitted through CreateSpace. To enter today, log in and select ABNA Breakthrough Novel …

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