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

An Encouraging Word · Book Production Stuff · J.R.R. Tolkien · Kristen Lamb · Looking Ahead · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life

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