Many books about indie publishing and self promotion tout the importance of maintaining a blog, building a readership, and establishing a rapport with your readers, trying hard to deliver top-quality, thoughtful content and reliable updates. They also tout the importance of building a network of contacts among peers and reviewers to get your work read. They ALSO stress the importance of this, that and the other. What about the WORK? I spend as much time writing every day as I
This one is a little obvious, but I’m going to say it anyhow- writers WRITE. If you want to get your stuff out there, you need to write it down. You can’t do anything until you have product. No one is going to read your stuff if its sitting in a pile on your desk, a file on your computer, or worst of all, in your head. You need to get it on paper, or the screen, and get it the hell OUT THERE. You need motivation? Here’s motivation. Do it or don’t do it. I don’t care which. Di
ABC. Always Be Closing. If you don’t know that reference, there’s nothing I can do for you. Except maybe offer you some modified advice: ABF. Always Be Finishing. Finish everything. Finish every poem, every song, every snippet and sub-clause. Finish ever short story. Finish every LONG story. Finish ever book. This is the best advice there is for writers. You see, the definition of writer, to me, is one who writes. You have to write. You have to immerse yourself in the words.
Thus begins my personal series of advice columns. Want to know what to do right? Or at least, what I’ve found to be the best ideas? Yeah, I know. What makes ME qualified? Well… I’ve been published a couple times, I’ve written eleven novels (They’re on Amazon, shameless plug) , and, I’ve been doing this my whole life. I have a good idea, if not what to do, what NOT to do. So, today’s pro tip: Follow this link to find out how to professionally format a manuscript. This is the o
It’s been almost two months since I put my books on Amazon. Shameless plug for my many and varied work (Something for everyone!) : The New Songs (Poetry) Pros (Crime) The Long Way Home (Scifi) Dirty Wings and Other Stories (Horror short stories) The Other Side of the Atmosphere (Scifi short stories) The Veiled Earth Book 1: Magician (Urban Fantasy) Return Fire (Crime, Espionage) I have an Amazon and Goodreads author page. Please, please, please, give my stuff a shot, and if