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Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

Let the Band Ring Out and the Banners Fly: To promote or not to promote Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short...

Emailing a Book Blogger About a Review and Why First Impressions...

One of the primary benefits of reviewing books on a blog is that people will work hard to get you to give their book...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

They Said WHAT?!?: Dealing with reviews Welcome back to my series on marketing and selling short fiction. I've written these posts in a very specific...

The Artful Collector: Handling Difficult People Part 1: The Artist (or)...

Let's say, for the sake of this posting, that our corner of the collecting world consists of two groups: The Creators and The Collectors. ...
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Why I Do What I Do

I have been asked several times in the last week alone about indie publishing. Before I talk about what I'm doing, and why, let...

Marketing 101: Start with the Right Attitude

Marketing.  Is there any other word that instills more fear in a writer? I don't think so.  When authors talk about marketing, here are...

The Artful Collector: Vulgaris Triumphus? on Judging (SFWA) Magazines by Their...

Judge books by their cover?  Everyone does it.  That’s why – and despite the mis-marketing, agenting “horror stories” (both artist and author) and egregious...

Interview with Michael J Sullivan

Hello all, I am back from my hiatus as I moved to Ohio. Now that I am settled, enjoying the weather in the southern...

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part...

Once upon a time, science fiction and fantasy conventions were great places to find, and buy, original art - and, in time - reproductions...

Why I Don’t Like My Heroes

When I first started out as a published writer of science fiction in 1978 and sold my first novel in 1979, I started going...

Books That Never Were – Farewell Atlantis

Taking a look at fiction within fiction: literary works that has appeared in books or movies, but never published in the real world.

Demystifying the Synopsis

A synopsis is a larger version of the book jacket blurb you see on the back of most paperbacks in the bookstore. You write...

I am a Reader

Before I was a writer, I was a reader. My mother tells me I’ve been reading since I was four, and I accept that,...

The Artful Collector: Why isn’t There a More Active Market in...

A common thread of discussion for collectors who buy art from me, and which runs through many sites dealing with collectibles, concerns the factors...

Trials and Tribulations of the Publishing Game

As I put the finishing touches and edits on my latest novel, I am charged with the task of also creating the cover art....

The (Ongoing) Death and Transfiguration of Science Fiction Publishing

Lazy Literary Agents in Self-Publishing Money Grab Via Argo Navis Most of you who are reading these blogs here at Amazing Stories are probably well...

Why You Want to Go To A Writer’s Convention

A short while ago I attended (and participated as panelist and guest author) at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. And I was all...

Should You Judge a Book by its Cover?

Most readers—me included—will pick a book off the bookstore shelf because its cover interests us: the title intrigues; the cover illustration attracts; the author’s...

The Dreaded M-word

A recent conversation about self and independent publishing led to me voicing my thoughts on what to do once the book is released. This...

Demystifying Contracts #2: Novels – Territories

This will be my third installment about contracts. For reference you can also refer to: Demystifying Contracts #1: Novels – Ownership vs Rights Transfer Pulling Back...

The Artful Collector: Price vs. Value

It's an innocent question: What's it worth? And I always answer: That depends on whether you're buying or selling. An object's "worth" can relate to price,...
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To ISBN, or Not to ISBN?

I’ve been on the brink of buying a ten-pack of ISBN numbers a half-dozen times the last few weeks. The reason I haven’t just...

How to Make a SciFi Feature Film for $500

In 2006, I created Borg War, an animated Star Trek feature film. Since I suspect that most writers would jump at the change to...

The Artful Collector: Collecting Strategies Part 5 “Living Dangerously”

There is one strategy for collecting that I haven't yet mentioned. It is not only potentially the most expensive, it is also the most...

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

Markets, Markets Everywhere: How to select the right market Welcome back. This is my ninth post on how to market and sell short fiction. This...

Three is a Magic Number

Yes, I'm old enough to remember "Schoolhouse Rock" and that ditty, along with "Conjunction Junction," still is taking up storage space for reasons I'm...

Better Than Oprah

Several years ago I interviewed an author whose book had been turned into a movie. The book had been a selection of Oprah Winfrey's...