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Welcome to a new friend: Alana Munro | The author who supports

Alana Munro –

The author who supports

Welcome to Alana Munro’s blog – #1 bestselling kindle author of Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship and Book Marketer/owner of Reach for the Stars – a quality yet affordable book marketing service ran by authors for authors. You\’ll also find poetry, inspirational posts, photography and her writing. Connect with Alana today!

Alana Munro lives in Australia with her husband and their three kids. Born in Scotland, she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from an Edinburgh University before jumping head first into motherhood. Alana spends much of her days trying to ignore the ever expanding pile of dirty washing, trying to write, counting down the hours till it is ‘wine o’clock’ (5pm is a respectable hour for a shiraz?) and sipping on camomile tea that’s went cold – again.

Initially Alana started writing articles and blogging. Through her early work she reconnected with her love of words. After two  L-O-N-G years, two house moves and new baby added to the mix – Alana’s debut book, Women Behaving Badly was finally published.

In the first week alone, 500 books were downloaded from Amazon and with lots of pleasant reviews doing the rounds, Alana has been encouraged to write her second book. Here is a recent newspaper article about Alana’s debut book. Watch this space for more media coverage and new book releases.

Women Behaving Badly – Exposing the Truth about Female Friendship made it to #1 on Amazon Kindle USA during August 2013. She topped the paid books about ‘Emotions and Feelings’ chart on two separate occasions in August. She was even #5 for paid books about ‘Relationships’. This is a massive achievement if you consider the vastness of the American Kindle book market.

In recent times, Alana runs a Google+ community for all writers, bloggers and poets. Support-a-Writer offers support and

The book received many excellent reviews...many young women have came forward and said, 'Yes that happened to me!'

The book has received many excellent reviews…many young woman have come forward and supported Alana’s work. They have sent her emails and told her their own stories of their girl friends behaving really badly and how they want healthier friendships too. Many women have felt relieved that they are not alone!

Please join my active and wonderful group of writers, bloggers and poets. We support and promote each other! Simply click to see. Continue reading →


A Meeting of Minds: Author Interview of… Me! | Catching up with Christy Birmingham

[Terry: OK, here’s the backstory. Christyb has been nice enough to support this blog since it’s inception and lately become a email friend. So I went and bought her book of Poems–Pathways to Illumination.

I want to fit into the frame of your bedroom mirror,

Crawl into the detailing of the mahogany wood, and

Earn a splinter to

Remind you that I still exist.

Christy Birmingham. Pathways To Illumination (Kindle Locations 144-145).

Wow, this kid has some serious talent. Take a look, read her blog, buy her book. I’m just sayin.]

Poetic Parfait

A Meeting of Minds: Author Interview of… Me!

Heart Candle

Heart Candle (Photo credit: Bob.Fornal)

christyb leans forward and looks you right in the face. She grasps your hand excitedly and says in a high voice, “I’m the subject of an author interview!”

I send a thank-you to Laurie at Odds and Ends for having me over for a visit at her site today. We chatted about my fixation on poetry and my new book Pathways to Illumination. I explain why I wrote the book and the message I hope that the pages send to readers.

I hope you stop by Odds and Ends to read the interview. In addition, I hope your day is great, whether it is a holiday for you or not.

To everyone who supports my posts and book, you light the bonfire in my heart and motivate me to keep going!

via A Meeting of Minds: Author Interview of… Me! | Poetic Parfait.

Interview: Christy Birmingham Author of Pathways to Illumination

Christy Birmingham is a poet and the author of Pathways to Illumination. PI gives an intimate look at an abusive relationship from the beginning all the way

Christy Birmingham

to the healing. Today Ms. Birmingham is here to shed some light on herself and PI. Sit back and relax while we chat.

Welcome Christy, it is a pleasure to have you here with us today. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hi Laurie, thanks for having me here for a visit!

I am proud to introduce myself today, which is a different feeling than I had a few years ago. Back then, I was deeply ashamed of myself. Today I am healthy and live in British Columbia, Canada as a freelance writer, author and poet.
I love to write, whether it is a poem or a content article. Some of my favorite moments in the day are the ones when my fingers fly with intention across the keyboard. Outside of writing, I enjoy going for walks in the beautiful nature of Canada’s west coast. I am very close to my parents too.
Can you tell me how old you were when you first began writing poetry?
I was in elementary school. I had my first poem published around that time, and I was ecstatic. In high school, I took a writing class and Advanced Placement English. My teachers, including Mr. and Mrs. Stenson, encouraged me to write creatively. I wrote poetry and had a short story published in The Claremont Review.
Do you edit your poetry?
I usually do, although not always. I write some of my poetry in ‘free write’ form, which means I write continuously without allowing myself to go back to edit lines or stop mid-sentence. I rarely edit those ones later.
I didn’t start doing deep edits of my poetry until last year. I realized that when I ‘shelved’ a poem, or put it away for a time, that when I returned to it I saw ways to improve it. I enjoy creating images that appeal to the readers’ senses. When I edit, I am able to strengthen the images. I can also modify punctuation and line breaks to improve the flow of the piece.
In the book’s introduction, you tell the reader that PI is loosely based on your own experiences. Would you mind telling us a bit more about that and the reasons that you wrote PI?
The book is not a memoir, although I had a reader mistakenly think that. Instead, the poetic journey of the woman in the book ties loosely to my past. I went through a period of depression during and after an unhealthy relationship that was verbally abusive, amongst other issues. After I tried to take my own life, family members swept me into therapy.
I began to journal, at my therapist’s suggestion, as a way to work through my troubled feelings. I began to write poetry, in addition to the journaling activity. I had not written poems in years. As I wrote more, I began to see the poems as the basis for a future collection to publish. I began to realize I was not alone in my feelings of depression following abuse, and hoped to help others who read my healing words.
Who should read PI?
The intended reader is adult as the serious issues might disturb a younger audience. I originally wrote the book to help women who suffer from abuse, depression, and/or low confidence. Male readers have sent me notes to say they have found the read helped them too. I want the book to motivate readers, especially people questioning whether there hope exists in the future. There are hopeful notes throughout the book.


3 Pillars of Selling More Books Online | Digital Book World

The 3 Pillars Of Selling More Books

by Beth Bacon

Strategies for creating best sellers take time.

Strategies for creating best sellers take time.

In the digital book marketplace, individual authors fight in the same ring with legacy publishers. The big publishers have an advantage: the power of their reputations grabs the notice of readers. Indie authors and publishers struggle for any attention at all. The “little guys” can overcome this disadvantage if they build their careers around three strategic pillars: brand curation, relationship marketing, and, finally, creating quality books.

Pillar 1: Brand Curation

Successful authors don’t just write books. They build their careers. Bestselling authors don’t become a household name on the sales of just one book. (Okay, there’s Harper Lee, but To Kill A Mockingbird is an epic exception). Successful writers become known within their niche. They build series, work in a single genre, and develop a clear, focused brand.

Know your audience

Authors who sell a lot of books know their readers. Elmore Leonard recently passed away at age 87. In its eulogy of the late, great crime writer, the business radio show Marketplace ran an old interview with Leonard  in which a reporter suggested he should write about Wall Street. After all, he joked, the place is full of criminals. “But I don’t write that,” Leonard replied without even pausing, “My people don’t have stock. I think it’s the most boring thing in the world.” Leonard knew his audience and wrote for them specifically.

Center it all on your website

A major part of curating a great career is running an effective web site. High-selling authors treat their online presence like it’s the hub of the universe—because, for their fans, it is. Take a look at John Green’s Tumblr page. Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and other YA novels. His posts are fun, educational, and often have nothing at all to do with his books. But they all have everything to do with the worldview of his teen audience. Green uses YouTube and Twitter and a bunch of other social media vehicles as avidly as the  teenagers who read his books. But his single Tumblr web site connects to them all. It’s his hub, the one solid place his fans can track the many balls that John Green juggles.

Be yourself

Finally, to have a great career as a writer, don’t be trendy, be yourself. Erotica is big right now. But if you are more comfortable writing PG romances, don’t add titillating scenes just to jump on the racy bandwagon. Stick with your voice, be true to your own sensibilities. Readers are very canny at picking up inauthenticity.

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Meet The Future Of Publishing: Stephen Ormsby | Novel Ideas

Meet the Future of Publishing: Stephen Ormsby

The man of the hour: Stephen Ormsby relaxed.

Stephen Ormsby is the man of the moment. His new publishing company “Satalyte Publishing” is set to become one of the most prestigious and powerful publishing houses in Australia. What’s their goal? To promote the best work Australian writers can offer. 

“The Boomerang Team” comprises of some of the greatest authors in Australia. I wanted to catch Stephen for a short interview.. How does a modern publisher compete with the big guns? Let’s find out…

Q) Good afternoon, Stephen. It’s an honour to meet you.

A) Likewise.

Q) Why a publishing company at a time when book sales are apparently so low?

A) Firstly, I don’t believe that book sales are low.  It is a wonderfully huge industry, and one that will not die soon.  Secondly, I believe that Australian authors are under-represented in the global market.  There are many talented authors in Australia, and my main goal is to get the world reading them.

Since we announced the birth of Satalyte, we have been inundated.  The quality of these stories is not surprising but incredibly heartening.  There are Australian authors that have been bypassed as they are not seen to have a profitable product.  I think differently.

Q) What do you think is the main ingredient of a successful book?

Meet The Future Of Publishing: Stephen Ormsby | Novel Ideas.

Do Indie Authors Still Suck? Or Did They Once Suck and Now Don’t? Or Did They Never Suck?

[Terry: OK, we have an impassioned and occasionally vulgar attack and a reasoned and polite — if deadly–response. So, I decided, as someone who once considered himself a journalist, to combine them into one.

FIRST.  An impassioned anonymous writer who has issued a obscene and illustrated jeremiad against independent authors.
SECOND: Misha Burnett, an old friend of this blog who responds reasonably but firmly–and wields a damn good literary stiletto.
THIRD: Because I wasn’t really a journalist, I only worked in television news, I’m going to include a POLL so we can trivialize the conversation and generally enjoy ourselves.
Hey!  I was extremely well-trained in the art and craft of crappy TV!]

Why Indie Authors Still Suck

Posted on August 10, 2013 by Grammar Nazi Panzer General


I’ve come here today to talk to you about Indie Authors.  Yes, that’s right, Indie Authors.

I contemplated answering a question about indie authors, until I realized that I’ve gotten the same question over and fucking OVER about the indie market. I figured it deserved its own, shiny little blog post.

So let’s address the main question here: Is the Indie Market really that bad?  I mean are they really?

Yes.  They really, really are.

There are exceptions to every rule, and I’ll address that in a minute, but for now let me just say, the Indie Market is shit.  It’s a little pile of shit, wrapped up in shit, to make a shit burrito covered in shit sauce.

In the Indie World, you can find the drudges of the literary market.  The unedited, untalented, unresearched drivel that has been rejected by every publishing house this side of the universe– and with good reason. But instead of putting the book down, or setting it on fire, the sorry excuse for a writer has turned to the indie market for validation.

The author has taken the 10,945th attempt to write the next Twilight and thrown it to the rabid, uncaring, undiscerning market of women clamoring for their next idiotic, pathetic female, and well-chiseled male, and they don’t care if anything is spelled correctly.  They don’t care if there isn’t a coherent plot.  They don’t care if the author writing the book has never taken a basic literary course.  And somehow, that validates their writing against all of the professional rejection they’ve received.

On the other side of that you’ll find authors who have never tried the traditional literary market.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and pull this percentage out of my ass…

Ahhhhhhh.  96%.  I believe about 96% of those who have never tried the traditional market don’t because they know they’re going to get rejected.  Their book is nothing but glorified fanfiction, and somehow they’ve decided that indie publishing is the way to go, and have the gall to ask hard-working human beings to pay them for that drivel.

There is a time and a place for that shit, my dears.  And it’s called Livejournal.  It’s the place where pathetic, lonely, vampire obsessed writers go to get their fix.

For the Rest Click HERE  Why Indie Authors Still Suck | So You Think You’re An Author.


An open letter to a frightened man

This is in response to “Why Indie Authors Still Suck” on So You Think You’re An Author by someone who calls himself “anonnymouse13″.

Now, I won’t address the obscenity, profanity, and random personal attacks liberally sprinkled through this post.  Seventh grade was a lot of years ago for me, and that stuff stopped either shocking or amusing me years ago.

Looking at the forty percent or so of the post that actually says something, he has written a rather passionate defense of traditional publishing.  Passionate, yes, reasonable, not so much.

Basically, he has one good point to make. Books require editing.  That happens to be quite true.  It is true for Indie authors and it is true for traditionally published authors.  Quite frankly, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t agree with that.  So I’ll just admit the obvious and agree with him.

Books require editing.

However, from that fact he draws the completely erroneous assumption that because books require editing it therefore follows that authors must be published by traditional publishing houses or “they suck”.

In the first place, traditional publishing houses do not have a monopoly on editors.  There are a great many excellent freelancers who work on a per-job basis for indie authors.  Many of these freelancers have experience working at the traditional publishing houses and either left to pursue freelance careers or were let go in one of the innumerable restructurings that the publishing business seems to require.

In the second place, a freelance editor works for the author and does what the author wants done.  A staff editor works for a publishing house, and does what the publishing house wants, usually for less money than a freelancer, and often under an enforced schedule that allows for little more than spellchecking.  The days when a traditional publishing house could afford to give personalized attention to a new author are long gone.

The same goes for book designers and cover artists.  Traditional publishing houses view these as assembly line functions–you say it’s science fiction?  Here’s your picture of a rocket ship.  Fantasy?  Here’s your elf girl in a chain-mail bikini. Next!

Anonnymouse13′s main argument–that traditional publishing houses turn out a higher quality product than an independent author working with freelancers–is simply not supportable.  And that’s his best argument.

He goes on to say that he believes that the majority of authors who choose to self-publish do so because they know that traditional publishers wouldn’t accept their books.  He is probably right about that.  I can only speak for myself, but I am sure that no traditional publishing house would be interested in Catskinner’s Book or Cannibal Hearts. I rather doubt that The Fauxpocalypse Project could find a home at a traditional publisher.

Why?  Because I have books that don’t have either rocket ships or elf-girls in chain-mail bikinis.  I have morally ambiguous characters, sexually ambiguous characters, I play games with the narrative structure, I don’t wrap up all the loose ends in a nice neat package.  I like to make my readers think and question their own preconceptions.  Worst of all, I write books that can’t be described as “Just Like The Last Bestseller We Sold You! (And The One Before That…)” 

To be fair, you also need to click here to see the rest of Misha’s skewering.

via An open letter to a frightened man | mishaburnett.

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The Naked Robert Watson: An Expose Of A Writer | Novel Ideas

The Naked Robert Watson: An Expose Of A Writer

This isn’t just another author interview. This is an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes upbringing of Robert Watson. Robert, sailor, author, father, lover, friend and living, breathing history. I wanted to know what made him the man he is today. What were his cultural experiences? What did he see? Hear? Do? Let’s find out…

Robert relaxing after a hard day spent writing.

A) I am happy to report that they seem to be getting stronger and stronger. My publisher has released the paperback two months early. I think that speaks volumes, don’t you?

Q) Let me ask you something else regarding your books. What are you hoping for from your books?

A) Nick, I really write just to hear that people to enjoy my work. I really have no illusions about making millions or being another Tom Clancy. That just isn’t me at all.

Q) Why not?

A) Now, don’t get me wrong! I am not saying I don’t want that. I just happen to believe that sometimes there is a reality to writing. That reality is simply as follows… Not everyone makes it that big. Now, if I do make it that big, so be it.

Q) One of the burning issues of the moment is promotion. What works for you? How do you promote your work?

A) All the usual stuff, Nick. I do interviews. I use Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and I do have a web page. My daughter and some good friends made a YouTube page for me. I am also happy to report that the local papers are very good with me as well. I feel well loved. I think the most important method is word of mouth. You can’t beat people promoting your books for free.

Q) So, what really matters to you, Robert?

via The Naked Robert Watson: An Expose Of A Writer | Novel Ideas.

Welcome to a new friend: An Author and Editor –SLS Oborowsky

Author’s Thought

Writing for those who love to read

Author’s Note

Whether you read a book or magazine, go on the internet and search places, people or things they all take you to somewhere from the comfort of your home. They open you up to a world that may be similar or different from yours. This is my online space, flying with wordpress, to share with you all kinds of things: who I am in fragments, my accomplishments, my photos and anything I find interesting or strange that makes you think about things. It may be serious, some not so serious and some just darned right ridiculous.

writeLike a chef at work, you will see me perform. I will edit before your eyes as I post a share of thought filled with errors crying for perfection. It may not fill your belly but it will fill your heart of the taste of a writer at work. Because I share then edit, revise, and even remove and repost, I may drive you bonkers but do not despair. It is that of a writer, with errors to share and corrections to make. Do keep in mind I am first serving you words of wisdom before the edit as I write from the heart and soul. The life and times of a writer at work.

About Me


There is no “Buy Button” for my books on this blog. I leave the sales to Inkwater Press and other book venders.

My blog is for you to get to know the author behind the story. Visit me here or visit my other blog Books-SLS Oborowsky where I share links to other author’s blogs. Do join us here on If you add me and have a blog, I’m glad to add you back and happy to read your shared interest. If I have not added you, it is because I got a warning from your site, not because I didn’t try.

Even if you do not follow, do visit again and thank you for stopping by.

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Ivy: The Stem of a Rose and Ivy: The Blossoming of a Rose

These are my first and second books I ever published. The story tells about a Metis family living off a settlement and the tough challenges that face Ivy growing up with a single mother and two sisters. The story is in the era of the 70′s. With the first book, she is 9. She and her sisters find a pond and begin to swim in it until Ivy’s sisters become ill and one thing leads to another. The second book of Ivy is about her at 17 but fills in some crucial gaps from the first book. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed creating it. Ivcover (1000) (722x401)

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All About Spelling

English spelling depends on the country…


Centre British/Canada
Center US
Litre British/Canada
Realize US/Canada
Realise British
licence British/Canada
license US/Canada
Disc British/Canada
Disk US
Skilful British
Skillful US/Canada
Color US
Colour British/Canada

and the list goes on.


Canada usually takes the British spelling which is the longer spelling even in medical words such as anaesthesia rather than US spelling – anesthesia.

For more visit Spelling style variations

[Terry: Just a side note. The difference between American and English spellings is not accidental. It was seen as an essential part of developing an “American Character” by early activists, like Noah Webster:

The speller was originally titled The First Part of the Grammatical Institute of the English Language. Over the course of 385 editions in his lifetime, the title was changed in 1786 to The American Spelling Book, and again in 1829 to The Elementary Spelling Book. Most people called it the “Blue-Backed Speller” because of its blue cover, and for the next one hundred years, Webster’s book taught children how to read, spell, and pronounce words. It was the most popular American book of its time; by 1837 it had sold 15 million copies, and some 60 million by 1890—reaching the majority of young students in the nation’s first century. Its royalty of a half-cent per copy was enough to sustain Webster in his other endeavors. It also helped create the popular contests known as spelling bees.

Handwritten drafts of dictionary entries by Webster

Slowly, edition by edition, Webster changed the spelling of words, making them “Americanized”. He chose s over c in words like defense, he changed the re to er in words like center, and he dropped one of the Ls in traveler. At first he kept the u in words like colour or favour but dropped it in later editions. He also changed “tongue” to “tung”—an innovation that never caught on.[30]

Part three of his Grammatical Institute (1785) was a reader designed to uplift the mind and “diffuse the principles of virtue and patriotism”.[31]

“In the choice of pieces”, he explained, “I have not been inattentive to the political interests of America. Several of those masterly addresses of Congress, written at the commencement of the late Revolution, contain such noble, just, and independent sentiments of liberty and patriotism, that I cannot help wishing to transfuse them into the breasts of the rising generation.”

It’s a Number One World: Randy Massey vs Cliff Roberts | Novel Ideas

Roberts needs no introduction. His novel “Reprisal: The Eagle Rises” has been one of the fastest selling books of the year. In one week, he went from just another author to one of the bestselling authors of the year.

2013 will be known as the year of Cliff Roberts…

Randy Massey is another author who knows all about good fortune. His book “Summoner” has been at the top of the Goodreads lists for a long, long time. He puts his enduring popularity down to God, and I think he may just be right!

Nick: Afternoon, guys!

Randy: Good afternoon, Nick; and nice to meet you, Cliff!

Cliff: Good afternoon, Randy! I’ve seen you posting on Facebook, but it’s nice to finally meet, well, sort of meet.

Nick: Okay, Cliff. Let me ask you something. What, in your opinion, makes a bestseller?

Cliff: Nick, you need two things, I think. Number one, you have to write about a subject that people are interested in, and I mean lots of people. Secondly, you have to make sure the story draws a reaction from the reader. Ideally, it will cause the reader to experience a full range of emotions.

Nick: It’s all in the emotions the reader experiences?

Cliff: Exactly.

Nick: Randy, how do you feel a bestseller is born?

Randy: My thoughts are that it must come from the heart, no matter what genre you write in. Speaking from the heart and with the passion for your topic filling the pages will in turn draw the readers into the story. For them to spread the word about your work they must feel as if they lived it, breathed it, even died in it.

Nick: Interesting. Cliff, when you first sit down to write, what’s going on in your mind?

Cliff: Let me just state that I really like Randy’s answer. He struck a hole-in-one. As to what I do with my own writing, I don’t do outlines or anything close it. I start with an idea, and I write down the general idea at the top of the page and then just start right in with the prologue. I tried starting with what I thought would be a pivotal point, but I found I write better if I write chronologically. I tend to let the story lead me where it wants to go.

Nick: Where do your ideas come from, Randy?

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Welcome to a new friend: Thomas A Fowler: Writer’s Conquest

Writer’s Conquest by Thomas A Fowler

Integrated Producer at an Ad Agency by day, Writer of Commercial Mainstream Fiction with a Sci-Fi Bent by Night. Providing Marketing & Writing advice for Writers and always aiming to Instill Hope.

July 13, 2013

Turn Your Author Bio Into a Brand Story

All too often writers think about their book, and all too often they ignore their story. As we create a platform for you to stand upon and find a place for your work, we’ve developed your brand vision. Now, comes the time to develop a brand story.

The brand story isn’t going to be too far from an author bio, but still separated enough you should develop the two separately. If you’ve already completed your author bio, certainly use it for inspiration, but do not copy and paste. Brand stories are slightly different.

How so you ask?

Omar Kattan, who has developed an entire site devoted to Brand Stories, ended his very first blog post with this suggestion: “When developing your stories, use what you know. It doesn’t always mean plot or fact. It means capturing a truth from your experience and expressing values you personally feel deep down to your core.”

Here’s a video explaining the actual statistical analysis of how developing a brand, and its story, can truly influence your marketing approach. This is all business focused, but if one had the resources to analyze the writing and publishing world, it wouldn’t be a shock if the statistics were at least in the same ballpark.

So how do you develop your brand story as a writer? It’s easy; it goes back to your development of brand as a writer. At this point, you should have your author voice, brand messaging, brand differentiators, and determined what you’ll write. You’ve lined it all up, now it’s time to harness this into your brand story.

This should be almost a combination of your personal story with your brand vision. Make it personal, and professional. Allow agents, editors, readers, and site visitors understand who you are and what you hope to accomplish as an author.

Make it as long as it needs to be, it’s never a bad idea to keep it simple and short.

So what will your brand story be? This post has been very video heavy, but if you really want to dive into this, why not start with something everyone loves, Lego?

Hope this helps you, the conversation’s always going on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, use the hashtag #WritersConquest. Latest updates can be found on my official website, and as always kick some ass and be proud of what you do.

via Five Elements of an Established Writer’s Brand | Writer’s Conquest by Thomas A Fowler.

July 12, 2013

The Artist’s Hobo Tool: Tools to Create a Writing Plan

This week, we wrapped up deciding what you’ll write, and launched levels three and four of the Writer’s Conquest: Creating a Marketing Platform and Going Back to Writing Basics. So here are some tools to help you map out a plan as you move forward to the next level of your writing career, and learn how to market yourself.

First up, is a pair of plugins to map out a blog schedule, and allow you to import a spreadsheet into the WordPress. Blogging superstar Molly Greene posted about a plugin to create an extensive calendar so you can map out your posts for the future and monitor your success. This began a bit of a Twitter conversation with Molly, Jodi Lobozzo Aman, Casee Marie, and myself that provided a plugin to import a CSV (spreadsheet file) into your WordPress in case you’ve built something in a spreadsheet format already.

Second is a very tangible series of events to help form a plan. I am very hesitant about sharing anything that starts with “Wiki.” But this works, so Form a Plan.

Third, it’s a scorecard to see how well you write. It allows you to understand your strengths and areas for improvement. Score yourself, and then get some people together who can give you an honest scorecard. So that means avoiding overly pretentious writers who will just give you terrible scores, simultaneously don’t give it to your Mom who’ll just give you 9’s and 10’s.

Fourth, when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed by your plan creation, take a break. Do so by reading this great article about the “6 Stupidest Plots Supposedly Smart Movie Villains.”

Finally, Chuck Wendig is one of the Internet’s better, and more discussed, blogs. Here, he gives reasons Why Your Novel Won’t Get Published. It’s a bunch of harsh truths, but within it you will be able to see what it really takes as you make a plan.

Catching up with old friends: Guest Post: How Self-Publishing is Made Easy and Effective by Jasmine Roy | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

Guest Post: How Self-Publishing is Made Easy and Effective by Jasmine Roy

How Self-Publishing is Made Easy and Effective

Are you an author aspiring to undertake the big challenge of self publishing your book? Then it is indeed a great challenge to put your own efforts and dedication to publish your creation. Several authors, worldwide, try their hands at self publishing as it allows them considerable freedom to exhibit their research and skills. Also, many authors who want to have full control over their written work and are particular with the artistic expressions opt for self publishing their book. While some go for it since this kind of publishing involves less expenses. If you intend to self publish your written book, then you need to have knowledge and take charge of the complete process.

As a matter of fact, self publishing a book is very stressful process since you are in charge of every step involved in the process. You are supposed to be responsible for everything right from writing your book to marketing it. However, this process has become easy by following some guidelines, in the recent times. It is important that you should never get discouraged and keep in mind your target and profits that you are expecting from publishing your book.

How to Self Publish

  1. The first essential step for successful self publication of your book is to write your manuscripts effectively. Be it a novel, short story book, poetry book to memoir create it in one specific electronic manuscript. Insert relevant pictures of high resolution into the manuscript. The self publishing companies do not impose additional charges for inserting pictures in manuscripts. Make use of alignment tools to align and indent text. This will help you to properly format your written work.

via Guest Post: How Self-Publishing is Made Easy and Effective by Jasmine Roy | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors.

The Main Event: Ufert Meets Roberts | Novel Ideas

The Main Event: Ufert Meets Roberts

Cliff Roberts is a man accustomed to the public eye. He was a politician, a CEO, a businessman and a police commissioner. Now, retired, disabled and contented, he writes. He is a novelist. Tom Ufert, politician, world traveler, charity fundraiser and writer has met his own struggles with addiction, sexuality, illness and has turned them into strengths.You don’t need to pity these guys, you can LEARN from them…

via The Main Event: Ufert Meets Roberts | Novel Ideas.

So Ends the Experiment? | Legends of Windemere

Hey Sweetheart We Get Rewrites

So Ends the Experiment?

Posted on June 10, 2013 by Charles Yallowitz

Yesterday, I sold 1 book, which is normal for a Sunday. It typically sucks. The problem is that it carries over into a weak Monday, but this is abysmal. I’m eying that $2.99 price tag because it’s the only thing I can change. I’m going to give this until the end of the day to see what happens. If nothing moves then I think I’m going back to .99 cents.

It isn’t just the low sales too, but that is a main ingredient here. I had a great Friday and then it died like a sparkler in the rain. I want to take advantage of Ereader News Today and I need the .99 cent pricing for that. Though, that 25% service cost is a bit distressing since I might not make much to begin with. Still, I can’t lose on the deal and I’ve met some people that are happy with it. I also should probably strike while I still have an overall 4.0 or higher rating. That can get destroyed by a bad review while a good review barely effects it.

I still have a few hours to make the final decision.

via So Ends the Experiment? | Legends of Windemere.

Welcome to new friends: West End Publications

West End

Publications Independent Consortium


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West End Publications is an independent consortium dedicated to aiding aspiring writers,authors,  bloggers, poets, and artists.

West End Publications is the creation of Edward Chesterfield and J.F. Jones who wanted to created a book publishing company for new and aspiring authors.

Over the course of the last 50 years the Book Publishing world has become ever more unreachable for the new author. Corporate book giants in their ever increasing quest for greater profits have all but squelched the niche for new authors.

If you are an aspiring author who isn’t a celebrity, reality star, or have a massive built-in-audience it is almost impossible to get a publishing company to look at your manuscript.

The goal of West End Publications is to help new authors see their manuscript go from draft to published work and in the process help them reach a greater audience then they otherwise would have been able to on their own.

via About | West End.

Edward Chesterfield – Bio


 My friends call me Ed

I have been a Ghost writer for many years and have      lent my assistance to quite a few well received publications

I’m very excited to be a part of this new venture; West End Publications

I enjoy coffee, beer, Hemingway, and Rugby.

Originally from the Windy City, I now live half-way between where I want to be living.

J.F. Jones – Bio 


Jones is a freelance writer and amateur philosopher on a search for the proper words to adequately define the human condition, which he often admits is a useless task.

The “Why” behind writing


“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. To ‘Why am I here?’ To uselessness. It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus“ Enid Bagnold

-Writing is an art. To those who don’t believe me, pick up a pen or open up your laptop and try to write a beautiful story. Its not as easy as it seems.

-Even blogging can be tough. It’s not just anybody that can create a blog and start writing. What do you write about? What do you say? Will people want to read what you write about?

-I became a writer for exactly the same reasons that Bagnold discusses; To write about why I am here.

-I write to search for meaning and truth. I want to know the ‘why’ behind everything.

-But I also want to share the little things on the side of the road. Not everything in my life is related to the ‘why’ behind it all. Some things are merely little experiences that I enjoy on this journey of life.

-So some times I am writing about issues that are very important to me. And other times I am writing about little things, that are important in their own right.

-Why do we write? Its something every writer should ask themselves.


Should we cuss when writing?

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-Every time we sit down to write we are faced with decisions. Should we write in first person or third? Should the story end happy or sad?

-Hemingway’s quote makes a great point. Some authors steer clear of controversial language completely. While other authors make a point to use the most flamboyant language they can think up.

-Whatever we ultimately decide when writing. We should be ourselves. Write the way you are and write the way you talk. That is usually the best method.



[Terry: I tend to cuss BECAUSE I’m writing.  Does that count?]

Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for April 2013 | Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors

Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for April 2013

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Outskirts Press, the fastest-growing full-service self-publishing and book marketing company, is pleased to announce its top ten best-selling titles for April 2013, according to combined data from Ingram Book Wholesalers and Outskirts Press Direct via These authors have likely created a solid book marketing strategy and put it into motion either by themselves or with the help of a Personal Marketing Assistant.

In alphabetical order, the top ten best-selling books in self-publishing during the month of April 2013 were:

via Top 10 Best-Selling Books in Self-Publishing for April 2013 | Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors.

Congratulations to our best-selling authors for the month of April 2013!

Welcome to a new friend: Olivia Stocum – The Claymore and Surcoat



The Claymore and Surcoat


Scotland, 1599 . . . He abandoned her. She had failed to be enough for him. The empty space he left behind hollowed out her heart, and she wondered what to do with the rest of her life. ~ Dawning by Olivia Stocum


Author Bio



I’ve taken my bio out and replaced it with this post. The original bio was written by a woman fed to rules until her stomach was ready to burst. A woman who was taught she should jump through hoops to impress all the right people.

That woman no longer exists. You see, she woke up one morning and realized butt-kissing left a sour taste in her mouth, so she spat out the taste, and vomited up the expectations, and started following her own path.


I don’t write formula romance.

I never have. Well, I tried once, but that particular novel took a wild turn fifty pages in, which only served to prove I’m miserable writing by formulas. The traditional romance market, however, really likes the tried and true plots. The kind that give readers a nice gooey feeling inside.

I don’t write erotica, but I have come to terms with human needs and emotions and my characters have them. Yes, even my heroines. loversAnd sometimes these needs cause them to make wrong choices. (Sorry, lovers of super-sweet Inspirational novels. I’m not putting those types of books down. I’m just saying writing them is not for me.)

I’m not sure I should list my debut novel, Dawning, as an Inspirational. It believe it would be better served as a Historical Romance. In the author’s note I will warn the reader it has a soft Christian theme. My second novel, which I hope to release by January, is a Paranormal Romance. Yes, you heard me right. I like werewolves. (Might as well come clean now!) I’ve always wanted to write a series about a female werewolf—a determined huntress and protector of human life—whose greatest desire is to know what unconditional love is. And she makes a big mess of things in her attempt to find out.

Proud to be indie!




via My book cover is here. Tears of joy! | The Claymore and Surcoat.


My book cover is here. Tears of joy!


When Stephanie White from Steph’s cover designs (check her out, such gorgeous covers ) sent me my book cover I cried. For most of the day, in fact. I feel blessed beyond reason. After having doors closed in my face for not complying with genre rules, I turned to the indie world. I had no idea how readily I would be embraced by authors and readers alike.  Thanks to everyone who’s supported and believed in me.

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Tomorrow I’ll share the matching bookmarks! ~ Love, Olivia


And here’s a little teaser:



Olivia’s book won’t be out until July…until then
Scottish Romances


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Terry’s Random Thoughts on Claymores


[The Claymore mine has always been my favorite. “Point Toward Enemy” just seems so perfectly appropriate.]


The M18A1 Claymore mine.


[But I am fairly sure that Olivia is referring to the Claymore Sword]

The term claymore (pron.: /ˈklmɔər/; from Scottish Gaelic claidheamh mòr, “great sword”)[1] refers to the Scottish variant of the late medieval two-handed longsword. It is characterised as having a cross hilt of forward-sloping quillons with quatrefoil terminations. It was in use from the 15th to 17th centuries.

English: Claymore sword, c. 1700

English: Claymore sword

English: "Claymore" sword (Sword dep...

English: Claymore sword

English: Claymore sword (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Real Claymores on Amazon


The cover of the first tankōbon of the Claymor...

The cover of the first tankōbon of the Claymore manga released in Japan by Shueisha. It was released on January 5, 2002. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Welcome to a guy who’s been a friend for quite a while: mishaburnett

My name is Misha Burnett. I am the author of Catskinner’s Book, a science fiction/urban fantasy novel available from All On The Same Page in trade paperback and on Amazon in e-book.

I am hideously excited and tremendously frustrated by the experience of being a self-published author. There is so much I have learned since I first launched Catskinner into the world in July of 2012, and the more I learn the more I realize what I don’t know.

This is an interesting time to be a writer, and I am convinced that there is so much that nobody knows yet, not the traditional publishing establishment, not the freelancers, not the reading public or the ranting pundits–nobody.

What do I know for sure? I know that if self-published authors are going to survive as entrepreneurs and small businesses we will survive together, and if we fall we will fall separately and at each other’s throats.

And so this blog is both a manifesto and an invitation. An invitation to writers and readers, to editors and to critics, to booksellers and book buyers, to anyone who loves the art of words and has an interest in the future of letters.

Get involved. The future is not yet written. Let’s make it happen.

via About The Author | mishaburnett.

More Thoughts On Kindle Worlds

I know I should be writing about James and his undead friend escaping an exploding haunted dollar store, and I’ll get back to that in a minute, but I was browsing the #KindleWorlds hashtag on Twitter, and I’m finding some thought provoking material.  There’s a lot of crosstalk and chatter, and I’m seeing people reacting to having their preconceptions challenged, which is always interesting.  Initial responses seem to fit into several broad categories.

  • Fanfic is pathetic and charging money for it is stupid.”  It’s usually not stated quite so baldly, but the attitude is there.  I have no doubt that there are bad examples of fan fiction, but, you know, there is also bad landscape photography and bad folk music and bad Mexican food, which does not imply that no good examples of those arts exist.  Condemning works a priori because of the subject matter or origin is sloppy thinking.
  • “If it’s not porn nobody will want it.”  There is a lot of talk about Amazon posting that they won’t accept pornographic works as part of the program.  This attitude seems to stem from people who read and/or write erotic fan fiction and seem to think that no other kind exists.  To my mind, that’s rather like assuming that photographers who are looking for models must be looking for nude models for porn shoots.  (I live with a photographer, and, yes, there are people who think that.)
  • “Amazon is evil for trying to make money from fans.” There is a very vocal fan fiction community who state in no uncertain terms that fan fiction is done for the love of the art and doing it for pay will ruin it.  Do professional athletes ruin the Lions Club softball games? Despite the worry that having professionally licensed outlets for fan created works will lead to the for-free fan sites being shut down, the reasons that for-free fan sites aren’t shut down now will still apply.  From an economic standpoint, it simply isn’t practical for Amazon to engage in legal battles with every volunteer webmaster out there.
  • “This is a raw deal for writers.”  The terms that seem to be emerging involve Amazon owning the rights to any stories submitted and all characters contained within.  Well, people who have actually done media tie-ins say that is the way that writing works set in someone else’s universe is usually done.  The short answer is that if you build something in another writer’s sandbox, that other writer gets to keep it.
  • “My tinfoil hat is too tight and the voices in my head can’t breathe.”  I mean, seriously, there is some epic crazy out there.  Industrial strength gone. Somebody call the What The Fuck Police, because these guys are off the chain and around the bend.

The best explanation that I have read (and I wish I could cite the source, but I have browsed too many links and now I can’t find it again) is that what Amazon is doing is not monetizing fanfiction so much as crowdsourcing media tie-ins.  There is a submission process and an approval process (how well they work remains to be seen, of course) and the contract seems to echo industry work for hire contracts.

Would I consider submitting a work for Kindle Worlds, given what the terms are likely to be?  I might, actually.  Not with any of the current properties (I don’t watch any of those shows) but I could see myself writing in the world of “Lost Girl” or “Walking Dead”, and I would be willing to create characters and situations that I would relinquish control over, if it was clear that’s what I was doing from the onset.

Okay, enough of this, I need to get back to work on my own world.

Ladies And Gentlemen, Boys And Girls Of All Ages!

Okay folks, if you live in or near St. Louis, MO, or you can make the trip to St. Louis, MO over the summer, I urge you to get tickets for Circus Flora’s Summer 2013 show, “A Trip To The Moon”. 

It will be running from May 30 to June 23, and tickets are available through the website (via Metrotix) or by phone.

Why?  Because this is a chance to see a live circus performance in the old tradition.  Circus Flora presents their shows as an episodic review, a single narrative told in various acts.  It is a style which has been passed down virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, and it is a style which is unfortunately dying.

This is a locally owed and operated troupe of performers who are  schooled in the skills and traditions of travelling performers, a piece of living history preserved in the 21st Century.  The work in an intimate venue, playing directly to the audience.  There are no cameras, no video tricks, just flesh and blood, artists and audience sharing the wonder of their art.

Really, I can’t say enough about them.  I blogged about the troupe last year, but I had just started my blog then and I didn’t have much of a readership.  Now, I have more followers, and by gum I am going to use my influence in the blogosphere to promote something I genuinely believe in.

Go to the show.  It is worth buying a ticket.  It is worth making a road trip.  In fact, if you are from out of the area and you want help planning a trip, message me.  I’ll help you with maps, help you find a decent hotel if you want to stay overnight.  This isn’t something that you can see just anywhere.


From the Desk of Phylis Johnson: Writing Tips: 31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

Writing Tips: 31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors:

Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it. However, even the best writers get stuck from time to time, and it’s always nice to get a push in the right direction. Most authors agree that the first draft is going to be horrible, but as Sylvia Plath says, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” So push through that writer’s block, and get inspired by these amazing tips from famous authors. Pick up that pen, and begin writing. After all, “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” (And we hope you’d trust a quote from Stephen King).

Terry Pratchett at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, A...

“Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences.”

Ernest Hemingway in Milan, 1918

Ernest Hemingway in Milan, 1918 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Terry Pratchett

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.”

English: Jonathan Franzen at the 2011 Time 100...

“It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.”

via Writing Tips: 31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors.



From the Desk of Phylis Johnson: 17 Proper Ways To Treat A ‘Literary Lady,’ According To ‘Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book’

Woman Reading

Yesterday on Twitter, Paul Collins (@TheLitDetective) tweeted a link to this 1859 book on proper feminine etiquette, Miss Leslie‘s Behaviour Book. The book has a whole section on behavior when it comes to female authors, or “literary ladies” (looks like Miss Leslie really had her bases covered, since she has such specific sections).

Miss Leslie was, obviously, a female author, so this section of her book reads quite like an extremely passive aggressive note to all of her very rude friends who acted tactlessly in their treatment of her.

That, however, is what makes it so great. Now you will know EXACTLY how to behave when dealing with all the female writers you know. Are they writing on a deadline? DON’T just stop by for a chat without calling first! How could you be so rude?!

And how dare you suggest that she’s not good at sewing?! As Miss Leslie points out, “A large number of literary females are excellent needle-women, and good housewives; and there is no reason why they should not be.”

French authoress Hélène de Zuylen de Nyevelt d...

You don’t need to worry about how to treat those authoresses in your life any more. We’ve pulled out the best tidbits and pieces of advice on how to act around the literary ladies:

“On being introduced to a female writer, it is rude to say that ‘you have long had a great curiosity to see her.’ Curiosity is not the right word.”

“Trust in her, and believe that she has painted from life.”

“Ignorant people always suppose that writers are wonderfully well-paid –and must be making rapid fortunes– because they neither starve in garrets, nor wear rags–at least in America.” (DON’T ASK YOUR LADY AUTHOR FRIEND HOW MUCH MONEY SHE MAKES ON HER BOOKS).

“When in company with literary women, make no allusion to ‘learned ladies,’ or ‘blue stockings,’ or express surprise that they should have any knowledge of housewifery, or needle-work, or dress; or that they are able to talk on ‘common things.’ It is rude and foolish, and shows that you really know nothing about them, as a class or as individuals.”

“Never tell an authoress that ‘you are afraid of her’–or entreat her ‘not to put you in her book.’ Be assured there is no danger.”

“An authoress has seldom leisure to entertain morning visitors…to tell her that you were just ‘passing by,’ or ‘just in the neigbourhood,’ and ‘just thought you would stop in,’ is a very selfish, or at least a very inconsiderate excuse.”

“Recollect that to a woman who gets her living by her pen, ‘time is money,’ as it is to an artist.”

“If, when admitted into her study, you should find her writing-table in what appears to you like great confusion, recollect that there really is no wit in a remark too common on such occasions,–‘Why, you look quite littery,’– a poor play on the words literary and litter.”

Literary Pursuits of a Young Lady

“If you chance to find an authoress occupied with her needle, express no astonishment, and refrain from exclaiming, ‘What! can you sew?’ or “I never supposed a literary lady could even hem a handkerchief!'”

“If you find your literary friend in deshabille [poorly dressed], and she apologizes for it –(she had best not apologize)–tell her not that ‘authoresses are privileged persons, and are never expected to pay any attention to dress.'”

“It is ill-manners to refer in any way to the profession of the person to whom you are talking, unless that person is an intimate friend, and you are alone with her; and unless she herself begins the subject.”

“When in company with a literary lady with whom you are not on very confidential terms, it is bad taste to talk to her exclusively of books, and to endeavour to draw out her opinion of authors with whom she is personally acquainted.”

“‘Any thing new in the literary world?’ is a question by which some people always commence conversation with an author. Why should it be supposed that they always ‘carry the shop along with them,’ or that they take no interest or pleasure in things not connected with books.”

“We have witnessed, when two distinguished ladywriters chanced to be at the same party, an unmannerly disposition to ‘pit them against each other’…This is rude and foolish.”

“It is not treating a talented woman with due consideration, to be active in introducing to her the silliest and fiattest people in the room, because the said flats have been worked up into a desire of seeing, face to face, ‘a live authoress’—though in all probability they have not read one of her works.”

“When directing a letter to ‘a woman of letters,’ it is not considered polite to insert the word ‘Authoress‘ after her name.”

“In desiring the autograph of a literary lady, do not expect her to write in your album ‘a piece of poetry.’ Be satisfied with her signature only.”

via 17 Proper Ways To Treat A ‘Literary Lady,’ According To ‘Miss Leslie’s Behaviour Book’.


Welcome to a new friend: Jasmine of Flux and Flow

Flux and Flow

Stories of tedium, reality and falsity

My name is Jasmine and I’m twenty years old. I grew up and live on the beautiful island of Maui, but I’m currently going to college at the University of Oregon, majoring in Journalism. I’ve always dreamed of showcasing my talents and becoming a successful writer. It’s what I love to do and can’t imagine doing anything else. My love for literary expression and the aspect of inspiring others is what keeps me driven on a daily basis. If I am not busy writing or studying, I’m usually out playing soccer, eating new foods, reading a good book, watching an old movie, having a good laugh with friends, or going out and having a good time.

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything” – Unknown

via About | Flux and Flow.

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all having a great week! The weather has been quite bipolar here in the pacific northwest. Last week it was sunny and nearly 90 degrees, but this week it has been in the 60′s and rainy. Despite the weather, it has been a very productive week for me.

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vught, the Netherlands, 2006

Thich Nhat Hanh in Vught, the Netherlands, 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, I have some exciting news! If you read my post about getting published, this pertains to you! Earlier today I received an email from R.C. Champagne, the author of A Torch in the Darkness. He is an incredibly talented writer who is going to be writing a feature on publishing for all of you within the next few days! Many of you are seeking professional assistance with publishing, delving into self-publishing, needing motivation with your writing or if you are merely interested in learning more about the world of novel production. This is a great opportunity for you to have a conversation with someone who is knowledgeable in those topics, so I am very grateful for Champagne’s offer to write for me, and I’m sure you will be too.

In addition to that, I have somehow found time in my hectic schedule to read books (I know, it’s crazy, right?). I picked up Thich Nhat Hanh’s You Are Here, it’s a great book on enlightenment and the power of living in the moment, and has been very inspirational thus far. Another book I picked up is Gregory David Roberts
Shantaram, which is a story about his life in prison, living as a fugitive and how he managed to establish a successful multimedia company. These books have a positive premise to them, which I think is essential in leading a positive life, so I am excited to read them, and I highly suggest you pick them up too!

Lastly, after my last post I did get a lot of requests to write up a post on the makeup I use on a daily basis and products I recommend, so that will definitely be up very soon!

I hope you guys have a beautiful day and remember that if you’re feeling pain today, you will feel strength tomorrow.

Champagne: The secret to getting published

May 19, 2013


Hi! My name is Robbie Champagne (aka R.C. Champagne if you’re looking for my fancy author name). I’m an independently published author which means that I have published my writing as an eBook through a myriad of internet retailers such as Amazon and iTunes.

I chose to go the route of independent publishing because it fit the needs of my method of storytelling. I am writing a series of twelve episodic chapters published every month and a half to tell the story of Sebastian’s fall into the Below (A Torch in the Darkness being the first of this series). The entire premise of my series was predicated on the development of new eBook publishing and it is a strategy traditional Big Six publishing cannot support.

When you set out to publish your book you need to understand the nature of the book industry. Traditional publishing means either finding a literary agent to represent you or sending your manuscript directly to the publisher. Publishing is, at the end of the day, a business. They choose books they know will sell and will sell quickly.

If a publisher selects your book (first of all, congratulations!), they will print however many copies they believe they can sell. These books will go to distributors and then to the actual stores where customers can buy them. If your publisher is confident your work will be a hit they may buy prime shelf space for it in the bookstore. If not your book will be chilling in the proper section where avid readers can find it. If the book doesn’t sell well within the first month it gets shipped back to the publisher and that is that (fortunately you still walk away with your check!).

What does this mean for you? If you have what you believe is a commercially successful novel, you should be pursuing the traditional publishing route (Well why didn’t you do traditional publishing Robbie? Is your book not good enough? Whoa, whoa now. I’ll explain a little more about that below.) If you write in popular genres like Fantasy this may be a difficult industry to break into, though. If you are determined to go this route you need to study books in your genre that have succeeded and mimic them. That doesn’t mean throw your creativity and voice out the window, it just means you need to be market savvy.

More at




Twitter: @the8thcity (Series Twitter) or @RobCChampagne (My personal Twitter)

Thich Nhat Hanh Page

Does time even exist for writers? | author | a. j. adwen

Does time even exist for writers?


I’ve encountered a dilemma I never expected – the one where I am on the tail end of finishing this final edit on my novel, and since free time is so limited, I’m torn between getting it over with and starting the other stories in my mind.

If you’d told me a year ago that I would write and finish a book by the end of May, I’d have laughed by arse off. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the queen of procrastination, and the victim of the time sucking squirrel. I’ve never been one to become addicted to finishing anything, unless you count a triple shot espresso and TV show marathons (not at the same time). Once I put my mind to something, I’m on it like a fat kid on cake, but it takes a lot for me to get there. I’ve literally become addicted to writing and editing, and creating new stories. Guess what I did instead of editing today? I started three new outlines. Three. Guess how many books I have to finish before I can start these? Two. There are two more in this trilogy. This is a dilemma, indeed. Is it possible to write two separate stories at once? Because if so, I’m going to be even busier than before.

Blabbedy blah blah. I know for a fact I’m not the only one, which is why I write these ramblings. For so long, I thought I was alone in the struggle to find the motivation when my schedule was packed, but then I started meeting other writers, and, like I said before, we’re all in this together.

I wrote the other day about my chosen path for publishing, and I was surprised to find a lot of encouragement instead of discouragement. Self publishing isn’t for everyone. Heck, it may not even be for me. Only time will tell. I have been overwhelmed with people who are eager to read the first book in the Othrinia’s Rain series. As of right now, I’ve set a tentative release date of August 1st!!!! Read here for reviews on the book.

Life is crazy. I love it. What is your story? Are you keen to pour it all into one book, or do you have multiple stories buzzing about in your head? I want to know!

via Does time even exist for writers? | author | a. j. adwen.

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Writer Unboxed » What I Learned from Thomas Edison and Steven Soderbergh and How it Applies to Novelists

Thomas Edison built the world's first large-sc...

Thomas Edison built the world’s first large-scale electrical supply network. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On a recent flight to Dallas, I read a short biography of Thomas Edison put out by Time Magazine that I’d bought at an airport kiosk. I learned that Edison’s first invention was a commercial failure. He invented a vote tabulator so that votes could be counted efficiently and quickly. When he took the invention to politicians, he realized that the losing side wanted a slow head count so that they could gather support; and at some point or another, every politician is on the losing side of a vote. No one wanted it.

And so Edison decided he would never invent another product that didn’t have a built-in demand.

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An Open Letter to Indie Authors on the Importance of Marketing | Novel Ideas

Collection of Marteting books

Collection of Marteting books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

an open letter penned to all writers from one of the bestselling independently published authors of today. Lloyd Tackitt!

lloydtackittFellow Independent Authors: Promoting our books is half the battle. The other half of course is writing a book. If you’re like me, you have barely enough time available to write. I work a day job and have a long commute leaving me precious few hours to write. Writing must come first or there is nothing to promote.

After the book is published we’re now faced with the dismal (but painfully real) fact that our new book is just one of hundreds of thousands of new books. If we don’t do something to make it stand out, significant sales don’t happen. How do we get the readers to notice our book? We are forced to become involved in marketing, and that is time consuming – which means we’re not writing the next book. It’s a downward spiral.

It’s downward because I don’t understand marketing, and frankly I would rather be writing anyday. I love to write – I don’t love marketing, I don’t even like marketing. So I figured I would just keep writing and worry about marketing some other day.

via An Open Letter to Indie Authors on the Importance of Marketing | Novel Ideas.

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ABOUT MY WORK | mastermindsecretofloawofattraction


My name is Roda and I am an author. MasterMind is available in print as well as kindle format. I have authored 3 other titles for the Kindle which are

1) Learn about video marketing – a beginner’s guide

2) “Learn How” Series on the Law of Attraction – Success On a Plate


via ABOUT MY WORK | mastermindsecretofloawofattraction.

Imagineer-ing | “I’ll do it tomorrow…”

I was chatting with a fellow author, by email. It turned out that we had both been prompted to get on with writing – now! We had both had a brush with death that was too close for comfort. That sounds enormously dramatic. Believe me – it is! I have no desire to repeat the experience, that’s for sure. But it got me wondering about how many other authors had suffered similar experiences. It would make an interesting study.

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