Category: op-eds

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

Author Marketing Live Seminar – Part One

I’ll be honest, I was half afraid that the seminar would be nothing more than a sales pitch, but it wasn’t. Even the sponsors didn’t promote, which was refreshing. (And made it more likely for someone like me to recommend their services.) The speakers were by and large very informative and sometimes funny. Some of it was more geared toward non-fiction than fiction, but even that had some value to indie/self-published writers. For me, the...

The Focus of a Writer

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 way to a PhD.  Focus in my day job has carried me through a great many hurdles that seemed impossible at first. As an indie...

The four E’s of Indie publishing

There are four e’s to indie publishing – four elements that just can’t be skimped on, or you’ll destroy yourself.  That destruction will come from poor reviews, and your image, once damaged, is really difficult to repair.  Once you’re known as a writer that doesn’t care about his/her product, though you’ll still gain readers, there will eventually be a barrier to your evolution as a writer, or even your ability to reach the next level....

REALLY?!

REALLY?!

REALLY?! For the third or fourth time this week someone posted on Facebook to ask how a character in their book would behave or a book should go or end. Again, really? (And please, don’t out yourself in the comments…) Do you seriously not know? Now, I’m a pantser – I write by the seat of my pants – but whether a pantser, a plotter or someone in between, I’d never ask someone else to write my book...

How many, how often?

How many, how often?

“How many books should I write, how often should I release them?” That’s a question I hear a lot as an administrator to a writer’s page, next to, ‘How do I become a rich and famous Indie writer.’ Or any kind of writer. There is no simple answer, but I’ll do the best I can. I once read that you should have at least three books written before you submit to a traditional publisher – and...

What it’s like to moderate…

Or, more accurately titled, “Why it’s sometimes no fun to be a moderator”. Yesterday, myself and a some other wonderful people were attacked. I didn’t really get much of a black eye, in fact, she ‘swung and missed’ several of us, but it got me thinking about how often this has happened since I started helping out in the indie community. I’m always dismayed to see that the response of asking someone to stop spamming...

TSTL – Too stupid to live

TSTL – Too stupid to live

I heard this once from an editor because my heroine went to a fight wearing skirt. Which would probably come as a bit of a shock to any Scot wearing a kilt, and a few martial artists as well. As someone who took martial arts training – in a standard gi – I can tell you that trying to do high side kicks in jeans would have been a bit… binding. The interesting thing is...

Be a little… different

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” Joss Whedon Joss Whedon gave us cowboys in space – just look at the way Nathan Fillion was dressed – right down to the ‘companion’ with a heart of gold, the preacher and the doctor all along for the ride. He just did it a little differently, with a...

Erotica or Porn?

Definitions: Erotica or Erotic Romance – Romance stories with sex. Must have a HEA (Happily Ever After) or HFN (Happy for Now) ending. Largely romantic fantasy. What some refer to as ‘mommy porn’, which it’s not. Mommy sex perhaps, but not porn. See below. Pornography – stories about sex, usually without emotion beyond the sex drives of the participants. (definitions based on consensus of opinions among various romance/erotic writers) What prompted the question and this...

The question of genre

The question of genre

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt said. Do you have to write in the same genre? Should you use a pen name? (For those who don’t know it, genre is the category in which you write – mystery, science fiction, etc.) It seems as if everyone is playing with genre today, Stephen King became Richard Bachman to write the stories he was compelled to as a writer that weren’t necessarily horror,...