Gatekeeping in the World of Ebooks

In this day, when social media are saturated with writers touting their self-published novels, it seems that anyone can write a book. Anyone with any talent or ambition, that is. Certainly, anyone willing to plug along and generate 80K or … Continue reading

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Rewriting Treadmills: Traditional Publishing versus E-Publishing

Everybody knows at least one writer who edits the same story for years.  The material is never good enough, the author is afraid to send it to editors, the author desperately wants to become the next JK Rowling or Stephen … Continue reading

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Oahu, Hawaii for Beach Nuts

Swimming is the miracle exercise. Your body is buoyed by the water, putting little stress on your muscles and joints. You can go at your own pace, pausing when you want and speeding up when you feel particularly energetic. You … Continue reading

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Best Bond Gadgets

One of the most interesting things I’ve been asked to do as an author is create a “bracketologist” graph of James Bond gadgets and whittle my choices down to the Best Bond Gadget of All Time. My graph was a … Continue reading

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Writing in the Digital Age: Hard Data, Numbers and Mark Coker of Smashwords

I have my indie backlist books distributed to Sony, iBooks, Kobo, etc. through Smashwords.com. So I keep up with what Mark Coker, CEO of Smashwords, has to say about the marketplace. Today, I’m sharing some VID (very important data). … Continue reading

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Writing in the Digital Age: Pajama Marketing – Pitching to Book Review Blogs

I remember the first time I approached my local Borders for a book signing. The events manager (this was when Borders was new and actually had enthusiastic community building ideas) liked romance and was happy to let me arrange for … Continue reading

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Kickstarting the Home Stretch

I had thought I might blog the Kickstarter experience more regularly, but you know what happens to good intentions. Today however I got inspired. My own project is five days from completion, and is a go–we’re racking up bonuses now … Continue reading

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