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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

“This Broken Earth” – 1 Year Anniversary


One year ago today I released the first part of my post-apocalyptic novel about faith, This Broken Earth on several digital outlets. All three books as one compendium is available for .99 cents on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. It has been a year of experiments, small successes, and hard lessons learned. When I originally released … Continue reading

E-Publishing Predictions for 2013


Today I received an e-mail update from Mark Coker because I am a Smashwords member (that is, I have published to Smashwords and they see fit to send updates my way about their company).  Mark Coker, president of Smashwords.com, which is a wonderful vehicle for self publishers to publish their work for free in every format … Continue reading

6 Thoughts on Sending Query Letters


Today I wrote up a query letter as a proposal for This Broken Earth, and sent it to about 40 different literary agents to test the waters about the book and hopefully get one of those fish to bite.  I neglected to realize that most of them would be out for the holidays, and so … Continue reading

Handing Out Promo Cards at Conventions


I have a wonderful friend who has agreed to hand out promo cards for my new book (which is free) at Dallas Fan Days this coming weekend.  I am blessed with such wonderful friends who would hand out a hundred or so cards to various celebrities, published authors and convention goers. I created this promo … Continue reading

KDP Select: Read the Fine Print


  Amazon Kindle is a great format for publishing a novel, as I have much experience uploading my work to them for publication through digital channels.  I also have published my books through Nook and on Smashwords.  However, Amazon wants exclusivity if they are going to enroll you in KDP.  According to their FAQ page: … Continue reading

Scrivener 2: Even More Bells and Whistles


As most of you know, I write long form texts on Scrivener because it is probably, in my opinion, the best word processor software a novelist could ever use.  A few days ago, I updated to Scrivener 2 and found several features that were even better than the original. 1.  Exporting to OpenOffice and Word … Continue reading