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Apr
2014
7

PLACES TO FIND FREE PHOTOS AND IMAGES

We’ve become better, a lot better, at what we do. If you compare book covers, blurbs, or just the general presentation of self-published books from a year ago to today you’ll see drastic differences. There are still product pages that are lacking but if I go into a bookstore I sometimes see traditionally-published books that look like they should still…

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Apr
2014
6

Lies I Never Told

Ed Griffin, author of the excellent novel, Prisoners of the Williwaw, (yep, you’re right, that was a plug for Ed’s book), teaches Creative Writing classes, and he’s a great teacher. I took one of his classes twice, and one of the reasons I did that was because of something he does midway through one of the sessions. In the middle…

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Mar
2014
12

Do you call yourself an Author or Writer? Should You?

Of all the blogs published recently perhaps the one that’s drawn the most ire of self-published authors is the one questioning whether Indie or self-published authors have the right to call themselves authors. The um, author of the article asked whether writing a book and uploading it to Amazon or Smashwords constituted giving yourself the title of “author”. He then…

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Mar
2014
10

You Can Never, Ever Give Up On the Dream

I run a different promotion at least once a month. I have five books so it’s easy to vary my attempts. I’ve found that blogging helps get my name out there and long-term it helps sell books but the promotions I run monthly are designed to sell books now. So, I buy ads on promotional sites. Lately I’ve been combining…

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Feb
2014
18

Where to Sell Your Books – A Current List of Promo Sites

My books don’t sell consistently. They spike upwards and then spiral down for a bit and then spike up again. Sometimes they move up because of a promotion that I’m running and sometimes the numbers increase on their own. Two years ago after being in the right place at the right time and having hit some crazy sales numbers with…

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Feb
2014
10

The Wrong Way To Write A Book

When I’m writing a story I don’t outline. Sometimes I think I’d like to, but I don’t. I fly by the seat of my pants and sometimes I struggle and sometimes I find inspiration. Often though, I sit and hammer out words waiting for the story to happen. I don’t recommend this method to anyone. If you’re currently an outliner…

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Jan
2014
20

Films about The Troubles

I saw a movie the other night that was set in Northern Ireland during the time when British soldiers patrolled Belfast, and the television news had nightly reports of bombings and killings. “Good Vibrations” despite its bouncy title, is one of the better movies I’ve seen that chronicle that turbulent time. I watched the film with my number one beta…

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Jan
2014
3

New Year, New Website, Everything Else is the Same…Kinda

I’ve had a blast this year. I’ve spent most of it writing, but I did do some other things too. Here’s what I got up to professionally in 2013. I published three new books: Lies I Never Told – A Collection of Short Stories http://tinyurl.com/q7w7vu3 This collection helped introduce new readers to my work. How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s…

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