Oh, the wondrous cover!

Being indie is all about choices. We have control over the interior format, the content, and most especially, the cover. Oh, the wondrous cover!  I submitted A Very Austen Christmas to Joel Friedlander, who runs The Cover Designer's e-Book Cover Design Awards. Yesterday the November, 2017, lineup came out and guess what? He liked it! As I mention … Continue reading Oh, the wondrous cover!

“I will put you in charge of more…”

  Do you remember Jesus' Parable of the Talents? One guy is given two talents to invest, another guy five, and a third guy, one. The first two get right to the business of trading, and each doubles his investment. Needless to say, their master is pleased. He says the same thing to each of the first … Continue reading “I will put you in charge of more…”

Day 25: Specialization is for insects

What Robert A. Heinlein said: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch … Continue reading Day 25: Specialization is for insects

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?

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

Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!

The most challenging part of my book process is also the most basic: the writing of it. Words from my creative mind to the page--yeah, that's the hardest. It all comes down to time, and to produce a book I cannot rely on summer breaks only. I must write during the school year. It's either … Continue reading Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!

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