Archive | Self-Publishing

Technological and Critical Divisions over House Divided

The Critical Divide A judge in the 3rd annual Writers’ Digest self-published ebook contest didn’t much like House Divided. She wrote, “What could be an interesting family drama is somewhat overshadowed by the bureaucratic side of Leonard’s job running a counterterrorism task force––the Israel/Palestine conflict is overexplained through these characters.” I can see the basis […]

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Beginning Novelists: Is Self-Publishing the way to go?

If you’re a first time novelist and you think your novel is ready for public consumption, you’re probably haunting author discussion groups looking for advise on whether to self-publish or not. While any analysis can’t cover all circumstances, I hope this broad overview will help you begin to ask the right questions. There are clear […]

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In today’s post I answer the question: “When will I be able to read your next novel?”

After self-publishing four novels in a relatively short period of time––The Expendable Man in February 2011, Making the Grade in April 2012, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge in February 2013, and In the Game in November 2013, I went back to a coming-of-age fantasy I’d started ten years earlier. That book is projected to run […]

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How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I […]

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Yes, Barbara, Rejection is Good for the Writer’s Soul

Barbara Rogan is correct in her recent In Cold Ink blog post: “Rejection: Good for the Writer’s Soul?” when she states self-publishing writers produce less than excellent work in large part because there are no gatekeepers that prevent them from publishing before their work has achieved the standard of the traditionally published works they compete […]

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