How do you write? Do you prefer to start with pen/pencil and paper or do you jump right in with your computer? I still prefer to begin all my writing projects with a pen and legal pad. I still love the feeling of a pen in my hand and the physical act of creating words […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]