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What’s the Best Way to Promote your Book: Word of Mouth!

Let’s face it, folks, in today’s competitive eBook world, trying to carve out a niche in the market can be quite a daunting, not to mention time-consuming experience. And if you are on a tight budget, which for some people means no budget at all, trying to market your book becomes all the more daunting. […]

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NaNoWriMo: Challenge Accepted

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is the annual month-long writing event whereby aspiring as well as published authors spend one month writing a novel of 50,000 words. Basically, it’s a contest for people who have always talked about writing that “book” one day, but for some reason or another have never gotten around to doing […]

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Black Roses

Sometimes a writer needs the luxury of time and distance to finish a story or to revisit one. Such is the case with “Black Roses” a story that I wrote way back in 1986 when I was attending Eureka College. I got the idea for the story during a trip to Chicago with one of […]

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Want to sell more books? Spread the word one book at a time

I know its easier said than done, but if you a self-published author the one way for you to sell more books is to get your readers on board. Unless you’re willing shell out x amount of dollars for publicity and advertising (with no guarantee that you will sell your books) the most effective, not […]

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Synopsis: Ice Cream Headache

Set in a small town in Illinois in 1968, the novella centers on the lives of a community of people whose lives intertwine on one fateful day in May of that year, including: Ray Jackson, isolated and strong in the face of losing his business and wife; Johnny Fitzpatrick, who has decided to run off […]

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To self-publish or not to self-publish, that is the question — Part 3

What should I do? Should I self-publish Ice Cream Headache or should I try and find a small press? If I wanted to, I could have an eBook published in a few weeks after one more round of editing, followed by a print version via Lulu. Or should I take my chances and send out […]

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To self-publish, or not to self-publish, that is the question — Part 2

Remember the 1960’s film The Graduate when Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) is taken aside by a friend of the family at his welcome home party and told one word for the key to success: Plastics. In the world of self-publishing it also comes down to one word: Marketing. For anyone who has self-published a book, […]

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Article on Self-Publishing

Came across this article on self-publishing via the Huffington Post which fits in nicely with what I am talking about here: whether I should try and solicit my manuscript for Ice Cream Headache or self-publish. This article really makes you think about the publishing industry these days and why it might be better to self-publish.

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To self-publish or not to self-publish, that is the question — Part 1

It’s been almost two years since I self-published my first novel War Remains, first as an e-Book through Smashwords and Amazon, and then as a paperback and hardcover with Lulu. At first there were some people who persuaded me not to self-publish, because in the words of one former colleague of mine, “the only people […]

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A tweak here and a tweak there….

That’s about all the information you’re going to get regarding my novella which I completed last week and now having my editor take a scalpel to the manuscript. In the meantime, I am making a few minor adjustments here and there and a few edits. I will tell you this, I feel so good about […]

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