Tagged with Professional Writing

Pulp Author Spotlight: Robert E. Howard


Recently I have been very interested in a set of authors from the 1920’s and 30’s who have been called the “Lovecraft Circle“.  The reason they have been called this is because they are a set of authors who corresponded with H.P. Lovecraft and all wrote similar material, writing mostly in the pulp genre.  Their … Continue reading

Come Apart: My New Novel


I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to share about my newest novel Come Apart, slated for a February release, and I suppose now is as good a time as any. I have always loved books, films and television programs that keep the reader or viewer guessing, surprising them with strange twists and turns, throws buckets … Continue reading

Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam…


I follow a lot of writers on Twitter, and one thing that is quickly becoming an annoying practice is the spamming that some practice on a regular basis.  “Buy my book!”  they exclaim.  “Check out my cool new review I may or may not have paid for.” To those who spam…please stop. I can completely … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: NO BATFLEK!!


In this latest podcast I discuss the success that I had with the 5 day free promotion and with Kindle Direct Publishing.  It appears I may have sold a few books through it…or more than a few. We also rant for a while about the recent choice to stuff Ben Afflek’s marshmallowy head into the … Continue reading

Podcasting: An Untapped Marketing Strategy


To date there are literally millions of podcasts out there each with a different subject to hock at us, most of them informational or for entertainment. Currently Ryan McKinley and I are recording a podcast called Fanboys on Fiction, and we are getting some regular hits on iTunes and on the host site, Podomatic.com.  However, I … Continue reading

Bad Writing Is…Bad Writing


I’m a big fan of the summer movies, but lately there have been some real stinkers coming out of Hollywood.  Many of the films released this year have been dead on arrival, garnering positive percentage ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (a site that aggregates all internet reviews) of less than 20%. Films like The Lone Ranger, … Continue reading

Building a Platform: Short Story Submissions


This past weekend I attended Soonercon, a local science fiction/fantasy convention, and while browsing around the con dressed to the hilt as John McClane from Die Hard I happened upon a fellow novelist who was happily selling his hard work right next to my good friend artist Jerry Bennett.  I spent a little time talking to … Continue reading