Category: News and views

To a writer, words should be sacred

“If you don’t have the time to read you don’t have the time (or tools) to write, it’s as simple as that” – Stephen King “You can’t write well what you don’t read for pleasure. If it doesn’t entertain you, it’s not going to entertain anyone else” – Nora Roberts...

Author Marketing Live! – Part Two

Yes, it really did need two posts! There was a LOT of information! I was getting overwhelmed, so if I misrepresent things, forgive me! Hunter Boyle spoke about using e-mail to keep in contact with your fans and to build your fan base. He also advocated setting higher expectations, creating...

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...

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...

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....

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...