Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

Sample Chapters Posted and a Confession

Because I am a wonderful person and I love giving things away for free, I just posted the first two chapters of How to Stop Wildfire and Harmonic Waves as sample chapters. Nothing special. Just in pdf form. To give people something to munch on. You're welcome. Shut up and download them. Obviously don't read the second without reading the first. And here is where I say that I hate the first few chapters. Beginnings are the hardest. The first...

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🗓 27 Aug 2015
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Being a (Female) Author

Being a (Female) Author

Because for some reason there has to be a distinction. There was this show on the Syfy channel called Warehouse 13. It was a solid family-fun flick about a secret warehouse that contained legendary objects of famous people, things like Ferdinand Magellan’s Astrolabe. It had a way of using the watcher’s knowledge and expectation of history as a base and making a story out of twisting it. H.G. Wells from Warehouse 13 One of those ways was the introduction of...

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🗓 10 Aug 2015
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Genre Expectations

Genre Expectations

The expectation that when reading a humor book you are going to laugh. That when reading a women's fiction novel women are going to be portrayed strongly. That a mystery book is going to have a mystery. Genre expectations are basic ideas about a book's premise that you can ascribe to it based solely on knowledge of genre. Not all of these ideas are going to be correct, some of them are most certainly going to be wrong. But we...

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🗓 06 Aug 2015
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Lost in Amazon(ia)

Lost in Amazon(ia)

How I am getting screwed by an erotica novelist with the same name as me. I posted this on Medium first. Please recommend it there. Amazon is the largest distributor for ebooks. The numbers vary, but all remain consistent: Amazon is the big no. 1. It is the essential market for selling ebooks and for self-published authors. Authors like myself. In late April I self-published on Amazon my YA science-fiction/fantasy novel, How to Stop Wildfire. I also published two short-story-ish...

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🗓 25 Jul 2015
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Got Createspace print copies with the new cover!

Got Createspace print copies with the new cover!

The copies of HTSW with its new cover have arrived! The Createspace print job was fantastic, timely and excellent quality. I love the colors. They look pretty sweet. I was oogling them for a good while. I love Createspace’s print work. Totally recommend them. Spine Front

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🗓 25 Jul 2015
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Just to be clear...

Just to be clear...

Hi. This is a strange post, but I feel like I need to say something about this before things get any weirder. So right now on Amazon there is another author using my name who is writing erotica novels, and it can be confusing and may potentially seem like I am writing them. I am not. I AM NOT WRITING EROTICA OR THESE NOVELS. They were even showing up on my Goodreads account, but that issue has been resolved going...

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🗓 24 Jul 2015
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Book Cover Design: The Struggle is Real

Book Cover Design: The Struggle is Real

Book cover design is a ridiculously important part of the self-publishing process. The book cover design is important to attracting readers. Readers, although they are named such, don't read the blurb or first few pages to decide if they want to read your book, they just look at the cover. I am guilty of this, so I am not complaining. It is just how we as Humans operate. Like anyone does not. Photo from Build a Dean Because of that...

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🗓 21 Jul 2015
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Starting a Newsletter!

Starting a Newsletter!

If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that on the sidebar I have added a newsletter widget. That's right: I'm making a newsletter. I already have some ideas for it. Blog highlights, release details. Exclusive stuff. I'm not going to list it all: that is going to be in the inaugural issue of my new newsletter. I'll be launching it after I get a good batch of subscribers. Sign up and join the fun!

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🗓 21 Jul 2015
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A More Visual Approach to Book Marketing

A More Visual Approach to Book Marketing

Book marketing is probably the most draining aspect of being a self-published author. Writing the book wasn't enough. Now you have to convince everyone else to bother reading it. Yay. I really hate marketing. It feels hollow and dishonest. But you know what feeling is worse? No one reading your book. Which, in this era of the book market being extremely oversaturated and increasingly so, is a real possibility. A serious one that you should consider. My life... So we,...

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🗓 19 Jul 2015
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On KDP Free Promotions

On KDP Free Promotions

I enrolled How to Stop Wildfire in KDP Select basically when I first published it. This means that it is Kindle-exclusive and that I get special 'perks.' Like higher royalty rates in certain countries and promotion offers. The promo offers have two flavors: free and sale. Both can be max five days per 90day enrollment period, but you can only choose one per period. Kind of annoying, but whatever, there it is. For May 4th - May 6th I decided...

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🗓 07 May 2015
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The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

I said I was getting back to editing/writing the second book. That lasted a grand total of two days. I was wooed by the prospect of creating PRINT versions of How to Stop Wildfire through Createspace. Having a physical copy...just sounds too good. So being the type of person I am I delved into the world. The interface is simple enough. What to do with it is much trickier. Unlike the realm of ebooks, where conversion is easy and you...

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🗓 30 Apr 2015
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Thought on marketing...

Thought on marketing...

Marketing is slightly creepy. The point of it marketing is to inform you so you can do something. Persuasion and thought-alteration on a mass level. I don't know why but it bothers me on an idealistic level. On a superficial level I completely understand it. It is necessary to get something out. I am having to do it now to spread How to Stop Wildfire and get people to read it. Does not mean I still don't find it slightly...unnerving....

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🗓 24 Apr 2015
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