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“Come Apart” Launches This Week!


I am waiting for the proof copy to arrive in the mail (should be tomorrow) and after I have a look at it, barring any major formatting issues, my new novel Come Apart will be hitting digital shelves and CreateSpace print-on-demand by Thursday or Friday. I will announce on this blog when it does. I … Continue reading

Cover Design: Come Apart


I have finished the initial cover design for my new novel Come Apart.  Note that I have not included any text because I was going to do that in the cover editor for CreateSpace, unless I could do it myself, and then I will use a font called “Digital Dream”. Feedback?

Cover Design: Three Blended Elements


I haven’t written much about cover design, but as an indie writer who is a complete do-it-yourselfer, I have designed the covers for the last two books I have written. In this quest to create a great cover, I have followed what I call the cardinal rules of great cover design as laid out by several professional cover … Continue reading

5 Tips for Finishing a Writing Project


How many writing projects have you started, but have not finished? This is an excellent question, but the answer for a writer should be a very small number.  Successful writers finish what they start, even if it takes years to get there. Elizabeth Bishop worked on her poem “The Moose” for a record 20 years. … Continue reading

An On The Cheap Self-Publishing Plan


Currently I do not have a print edition of This Broken Earth out there, and the reason was simple: I didn’t feel the need to publish in print because of the lack of interest from most readers.  Most of my readers are digital, and I sell around 10-15 books a month on Amazon as Kindle editions. … Continue reading

Random Roundup: 5 Articles About Writing


This week has been an interesting writing week in the news, and I thought I would share some of the articles that were the most interesting: Megan McCardle wrote a great article about why writers are procrastinators.  Are you guilty of some of these? Simon St. Laurent writes about writing in his niche because nobody … Continue reading

Writer Beware: Oyster, Scribd and Smashwords


There is a new website called Oyster that, like Netflix, offers a service for a monthly fee of $9.95: eb00k lending.  After doing much research, I discovered how an indie publisher can list their book on the site and receive money every time a book is “rented”.  However, there are some things to think about before … Continue reading

Vanity Presses in Sheep’s Clothing


I’ve self-published a few books (some more successful than others) and even though I may not have a best seller out there I’m pretty happy selling a few hundred books or so, building a following, and if it takes me years to build toward that best seller, then so be it. If I don’t become … Continue reading