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3 Reasons Why I Wound My Characters

3 Reasons Why I Wound My Characters

I’m currently working on the third book in a space opera trilogy. One thing I learned early on is that characters must be believable and that readers must have a stake in them if you are going to get very far. …Especially if you plan to write a multi-part book series with them…. One trick … Continue reading

On Using Memes to Market Books

For self-published authors, one of the most difficult hurdles is marketing that new book.  Most of us use the go-to of the Kindle freebie or the .99 cent mark down, and using one of those services that will tweet out your book details to their army of tweeps can be useful most of the time. … Continue reading

Warring Villains as Plot Device

Warring Villains as Plot Device

Unlike many Americans, I’m watching NBC’s Timeless. I say this because it has been announced that the show will not be renewed for a second season. But, folks, you need to watch it.  It’s really good. If you do not watch the show, and want to watch it, the following contains spoilers but it taught me … Continue reading

Use Everything to Promote Everything

There is a solid reason I haven’t released my short story compilation recently.  In fact, I’m brushing on some finishing touches before it is released very soon. The fact is, I was ready over a week ago to release it, but after talking to a friend who had one of his brilliant ideas I realized … Continue reading

Sequel Breakthrough: Finding A Way Back In

I’ve taken a hiatus from working on the sequel to The Terminarch War to finish up the short story compilation.  I’m almost ready to publish that next week, and the progress on the third book in the Five Rims series is something that has been rather stagnant to say the least. I just can’t get back into … Continue reading

Cover Reveal: The Headless White Horse

Cover Reveal: The Headless White Horse

Sometime after Christmas I will be releasing a collection of 10 short stories in the vein of Creepy Pasta.  I am working with the most fantastic cover designer who has created the following cover for the compilation.  The picture below is the full wrap-around cover with the author blurb on the back. His name is … Continue reading

Writing as Mystery and Discovery

Writing as Mystery and Discovery

Today I watched a TED talk given by writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams.  In it, he discusses something called a “mystery box.” I remember as a kid sitting in the floor in front of the television in those weeks before Christmas, my eyes glancing over to the smattering of presents under the tree.  I knew that some … Continue reading

Creative Genius Is On Loan

Creative Genius Is On Loan

Today’s TED talk is one from 2009, from best-selling novelist Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.  She talks about the elusive ghost that is creativity, and has some rather unorthodox ideas about it, ideas that I share to some extent. She states that creativity and suffering seem somehow linked, noting the many artists over the … Continue reading

How to Market a Book Using Science

How to Market a Book Using Science

I watched a TED talk the other day by Simon Sinek, author of “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action“.  Simon is a leadership expert who discusses at length in his TED talk about how someone can get the public to buy what we are selling.   He does this with … Continue reading