Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 24)

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 fiction. I’ve written these posts in a very specific sequence, with each entry building on previous ones. You can read my earlier posts here. This week, I’m wrapping up a […]

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part 23)

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 sequence, with each entry building on previous ones. You can read my earlier posts here. In part 17, I started a mini-series on what happens when you finally sell a […]

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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 me point out that I am relatively new to this. Vulcan’s Kittens is the first novel I have published, and that came out in 2013. I have been writing and studying […]

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 things commonly mentioned: I’m an introvert; I don’t want to market I just want to write; I don’t want to market I don’t like pestering people; I don’t want to […]

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 part of the state, I will be able to post regularly. Here is an overdue interview with ASM’s own Michael J. Sullivan for you aspiring writers and independent publishers to glean […]

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 to local and national science fiction conventions. Mostly I felt it was to be part of something that I admired, but secondly it was to promote my writing. This is what […]

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 a synopsis for the same reason: to sell a story idea to a publisher and ultimately to a reader. It is an in-depth summary of the entire book that weaves in […]

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, because I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t read. By the time I was in fourth grade, I was reading at a college level, and I know this, because as […]

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. I consider myself to be a good photographer but for some reason the perfect image for a book cover eludes me. Luckily, for me, I have some really good friends all […]

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 aware that publishing is changing. It has perhaps always been changing, but it seems to me that for the last decade or so the changes have been accelerating at an […]

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 jazzed about it! Why?… Well, let me tell you why… If you haven’t yet attended a writer’s conference or convention, it’s high time you did. Because, not only are you missing […]

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 name is one we trust. If you don’t know the author of the book, the nature—and implied promise—of the cover becomes even more important. If the book does not deliver on […]

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 will also hold true even for the traditionally published, as the publishers provide them with less and less support. We must be able to be businessmen, not just “artistes” or we […]

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 Publishing Veil: Life of Copyright Terms As we learned in #1 you never (or shouldn’t ever) transfer your copyright to another. Instead you grant permission for another entity […]

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, or it can relate to value.  These words are not interchangeable, although collectors may use them as if they were.  But there is a big difference between the price […]

Cedar Sanderson Novel

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 pinched my nose and stepped off into the deep end is, quite frankly, money. For that ten pack, which should be adequate to publish two novels in paper and multiple e-formats, […]

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 script a Star Trek film, I thought it might be of interest for me to describe the filmmaking process. Before I get started, I should probably point out that contrary 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 dangerous. Buy What Everyone Else is Buying Pick any one of these (in no special chronological order): 007, the Adams Family, zombies, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beanie Babies, fairies, angels, gargoyles, vampires, […]

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 not 100% sure of. But I agree with creator David McCall that three is indeed a magic number. Trilogies have a long-standing tradition in fantasy literature. While discussing why that is would […]

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 “Book Club” and he freely admitted that that selection had changed his life. It was like winning the lottery, he said. Her imprimatur made his book a “must read” for many […]