self-publishing

Self-Publishing Odyssey: Part 2 Agents and Editors

How do you get anyone to look at your book? When I was an in-house editor, I was very aware that it was difficult to get anyone to read a submission from a member of the public. The reality is that most editors are extremely busy and continually up against time pressure.

Dear Self-published authors, it’s your turn to listen up

Last week I did a post entitled: Dear Publishers, listen to authors and put reader’s first where I held traditional publisher’s feet to the fire for things they were doing wrong and I thought they should address. But I’m an equal opportunity finger-wagger, so today I’ll put the shoe on the other foot and turn my attention […]

Epic Fantasy Analysis September 27, 2013

Sorry, I ran this data a few days ago but didn’t have time to finish the analysis.  Once again it’s time to take a closer look at the Amazon’s Epic Fantasy Bestseller list for the Kindle. The data for this post was taken on 09/27/2013. Traditional publishing continues its majority presence, but just barely (51% of […]

Eric Gustafson Cover

Part Two of the Art of Covers

This is part two of Eric Gustafson’s guest post for me on covers. It’s a huge topic, and even if you aren’t responsible for your own covers, you should understand how a bad cover can tank your book, and fight for a better one. You can find Eric here, to ask questions and check out […]

Planet Blüd

Just a few housekeeping items before I get into the subject of this month’s post. I am happy to announce that my latest vampire novel came out last week and is available on Amazon.com (U.S., U.K., European sites, Japan, and India). Click for the paperback or for the Kindle version, or you can search the international sites for Blood […]