Author: Indie Author Group Guest Posts

Approaching Book Review Blogs

I have been reviewing at least a book a week for two and a half years over on my magic realism blog. I am also an indie author, so you could say I have a foot in both camps. I try to support my fellow indie authors on the blog...

The Focus of a Writer

Many of my life successes I attribute to my ability to focus.  I’ve written before (http://theotherstephenkingonwriting.blogspot.com/2012/08/two-lessons-about-goal-setting.html) about the focus on a physical fitness goal that earned me admission to West Point, for example.  Focus earned me graduation from there with dual majors, and focus later helped me finish all the...

On Magical Realism

I had never before encountered the term ‘Magical Realism’ before poet Jonathan Johnson mentioned it to me . Sometimes confused with fantasy or what I have heard described as ‘The New Weird’ Magical Realism has its roots more closely connected to folktales and mythology. A brief definition would say that...

Do you have a global marketing strategy?

Are you a self published author? One of the pioneers testing the waters to see whether or not they will lead you to new, unknown worlds? Preferably worlds where treasures await you? Well, I am one of them. Early in 2012 I published my first novel via Kindle Desktop Publishing....

Shut Up, Smile and Get off the Drama Llama!

Sometimes I think I’m the only reasonable person left on the internet. I know, it’s funny because we all know I’m batshit crazy, right? And yet… When I left fandom (read Twilight) I really thoughtthatwould mean the drama quotient in my life would go down. I mean really, who’s crazier...

Vaginal Vernacular – How to Write Porn

(Originally published at Fighting Monkey Press) You read that right, we’re talking about writing and vaginas here on my blog today. Remember, Fighting Monkey Press is for the 18 and over crowd. Ifthat’snot you, bugger off, you shouldn’t be reading this. Now before you get offended please say the most...

Marketing: Direct or Indirect?

I’ll bet most of us writers who ventured into the independent publishing world didn’t give much thought to marketing and promotion, even after we typed “The End” for the first time. I know I didn’t.Ourjob is to write the compelling stories. The wonder and magic of the Internet should take...