Guesting on the Alive After Reading Podcast With Tim Niederriter

Time to pop in those earbuds and pump up the volume. About two weeks ago the gracious Tim Niederriter invited me to guest on his podcast and the episode has finally dropped. We tear it up, talking about writing, horror, and the publishing industry. Well, as much as you can expect two authors to tear it up anyway. Tim is both a prolific writer and podcaster, and I really enjoyed my time on his show. As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Continue reading

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In The Artists Realm with Sylvia Stein – Discussing The Writing and Editing Process, Writing Advice, and My Books Disease and The End Is All We See

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Yesterday I was honored to guest on the podcast In The Artists Realm and my host, Sylvia Stein made it a great experience. Despite a bit of scheduling conflict, fully my fault because I screwed up the time zones, we were able to make it work. It’s always a pleasure to discuss my writing process and books, and in this episode we go deep. Continue reading

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AVOIDING EDITORIAL SCAMS

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HandsYou’ve worked hard on your manuscript and, like a juicy red apple you’re about to leave on your favourite teacher’s desk, you want it to be polished to perfection. Now that it’s time to relinquish the fruits of your labour to a professional editor, how do you avoid getting ripped off? How do you know the editor you’re about to rely on closely is sufficiently qualified?
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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

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RoseNom de plume, haigō, takhallus… Maybe you know it simply as a pen name. Call it what you will, it is a time-honoured tradition within the writing world. In fact, not only writers, but artists and even actors use pseudonyms in their craft. This is no secret. Many famous authors, from J.K. Rowling and Stephen King, to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (“Lewis Carroll”) and even Pauline Phillips (“Abigail Van Buren” of Dear Abby), have used a pen name.

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How to Get Great Cover Art for Your Book

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booksIf you’re a self-publisher like me you’ve likely done the research on what it takes to sell your books. You’ve spent aeons crafting the perfect story and now you want it to land in the hand of readers instead of drowning in the sea of other work out there. The undeniable fact is that readers do judge a book by its cover.

Take a moment to scroll through the books available on Amazon. The first few pages mostly contain books with artwork that, while clean and professional, is generally uninspired. Most covers are just stock images and text. Sure, the author’s name is big and bold, but the cover does nothing to separate the book from the pack. Now dig a little deeper and Google “bad e-book covers”. You’ll come across some pretty hilarious threads and some awful covers that should serve as a warning. Continue reading

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Unlocking the Search Ranking Gate with Amazon Keywords

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booksAmazon keywords: they can be the bane of a writer’s existence. By virtue of the word they seem as though mastering them would unlock the secret to getting your book on the first page of an Amazon search. The cold hard truth is that only high sales can boost your book to the top of the list, but without the proper use of keywords you’re doomed. Knowing what keywords to use and how to use them can boost your unknown, low-sale book from search page 1,000 to search page 15. Screwing up your keywords will leave you mired in the deep dark swamp of other books. The best thing you can do to prevent this is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before committing to these little nuggets of information.

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Social Media for the Introverted Self-Publisher

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ReadBookYou’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into your writing and you’re finally ready to unleash it onto the world. It’s a nerve-wracking experience, offering up your work to the volatile public masses. You never know how someone is going to like what you’ve done, or how mean they’ll be if they give it the thumbs down. On the flip side, receiving those gushing e-mails professing love for everything you set pen to is a true writer’s high.

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