“….” by r0ck (Rakesh Ayilliath) is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0. Original question: When writing, should I describe a scream instead of having the character yell out, “Ahhhh!”? Ooooh, good question. The answer, of course, is “it depends.” First, it depends on the accepted styles of expression and the tropes of your genre. Pirates […]
When is TMI a Good Thing?
When it stands for “Trans-Mars Injection orbit” of course! Wouldn’t it be great if Relativity Space and Impulse came out of left field to beat Elon Musk (SpaceX) to Mars? Oooh, that would be fun to watch! In other news, what sometimes feels like “Too Much Information” is actually a good thing. In fact, it’s […]
A Bad Question That Leads to Good Insights
Here’s a common question that came up in a Facebook group earlier this week. It is more profound than it might seem: “Why should people buy your book and not your competitor’s?” My longer answer: This question completely misunderstands the nature of 95% of the book industry. This kind of competition is real and intense […]
Kickstarter: Mighty Ally of Indie Authors
Brandon Sanderson’s surprise Kickstarter book launch raises $41 million! It passed $4m in the first week… because Brandon did it right. (And he’s already a superstar author, but still, he did it right) Not just indie authors, but everyone in the author community is talking about how to sell directly to readers. After the mind-boggling […]
Why do you do it?
There are only two fundamental reasons for writing anything. It’s either therapy or impact. If you are writing for impact, you are writing primarily for others. If you are writing for therapy, you are writing primarily for yourself. Anything written specifically for impact must focus on, and can only be judged by, its intended audience and the impact […]
Print-On-Demand Hardcover Books are Easier Than Ever
As of September 21st, we can now offer our KDP self-published books in hardcover, not just softcover! This is the first major tangible improvement to KDP since they acquired CreateSpace’s best-in-class print-on-demand capabilities, expanding “Kindle Publishing” from ebooks alone to both ebooks and paperbacks… and now, finally, hardcover! Of course, this is still POD, so […]
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