35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Baby Steps · Book Production Stuff · Darcy By Any Other Name · Kristen Lamb

Day 21: Demographic Who?

So yesterday I mentioned that indie or not, book promotion is all on the author. This is my cue for sighing and hand-wringing. On the other hand, advertising is a skill like any other, right? Meaning that promotion–smart promotion–can be learned. The secret to effective sales is identifying the market. Who is buying my books? Today’s prompt… Continue reading Day 21: Demographic Who?

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Book Production Stuff · Cover Design · Darcy By Any Other Name · Kristen Lamb

Day 20: Pride and Self-Publication

It’s easy to forget how quickly the stigma of self-publishing has vanished. At the turn of the century–this century!–self-publishing was the domain of the vanity press and a few hardy souls willing to take the risk. And humble their pride… As print-on-demand technology became available, many small publishing houses sprang up. My first book series was… Continue reading Day 20: Pride and Self-Publication

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Mapping it, more or less

In the journey toward my book release, I feel like a cat chasing his tail. Round and round I go. First this, then that. Crank out another chapter, then tighten up the outline with the changes. Pesky story elements keep popping up like weasels. Events that I foreshadowed in earlier chapters and forgot about. I… Continue reading Mapping it, more or less