Category: Writer Reference

Mar 31

The Case of the Complaining Author

There are many reason that authors fail.  The most glaringly obvious one is that they don’t treat their writing as a business. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I came across a post that seemed to indicate that an eBook listed on Amazon was showing the wrong content when a potential buyer clicked on the “look …

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Dec 10

Indie Publishing: Best software for creating eBooks

Question: What Windows application can I use to create beautifully looking e-books, withe possibility to export in both PDF and Kindle? Answer: There are a few options. But first: PDF isn’t an ebook format. Please don’t make the mistake that others have by trying to sell a PDF file. If you want to create an …

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Jul 08

Question: Why doesn’t self-publishing work?

Answer: Well, your question starts off with an incorrect assumption. Self publishing does work.  It’s worked for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Poor Richard’s Almanack was certainly a success – it was printed starting in 1732.  William Blake was very successful self-publishing his work starting in 1783.  Jane Austen was pretty successful – although, to be …

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Jun 10

Burying the Hachette

Keith Cronin posted a great article about the ongoing Amazon/Hachette nonsense over at Writer Unboxed.  Personally, I firmly feel that Hachette is doing all of their authors a HUGE disservice by continuing this idiotic business war, and I feel that it’s making them look bad.  My favorite observation from this article: “This is something that …

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Feb 06

J.A. Konrath: Fisking Donald Maass

Oh. My. Goodness. My favorite author has just spanked the Emerald City Doorman hard enough that it’s going to leave a mark.  And Mr. Maass is going to have a severe limp for quite awhile! It’s no secret that I am an indie-publishing heretic, posting often and everywhere about how every author should look into …

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Jan 23

Amazon Publishing announces launch of Waterfall Press – a Christian Imprint

Amazon Publishing today announced the launch of Waterfall Press, a new Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based non-fiction and fiction. Waterfall Press non-fiction will aim to provide spiritual refreshment and inspiration to today’s Christian reader, while fiction will include stories in the romance, mystery, and suspense genres. Waterfall Press titles will be published by …

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Jan 12

Self-Publishing 101: Using the Right Search Words

 has posted over at Western Fictioneers about using the right search words to use when listing your novel over at Amazon.  From the blog: Search words are one of the most important tools used to sell a novel, so you want to use them wisely. At Amazon you are allowed 7. That’s it, so you …

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