Self-Publishing With IngramSpark: An Indie Author’s First Impressions

After four years of purely digital publishing, I’m taking the plunge into print. Hundreds of blog posts compare the two dominant print-on-demand (POD) services, Amazon's KDP Print and IngramSpark (IS), so I won’t attempt to recreate any arguments here. Suffice to say that I chose IS because of its greater exposure. Libraries and bookstores, unlikely to … Continue reading Self-Publishing With IngramSpark: An Indie Author’s First Impressions

“Blue Karma” Now Available in Print and Digital Everywhere

My 2015 YA novel Blue Karma is finally in print! Paperbacks and ebooks are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers. The digital edition also now enjoys expanded distribution on sites like iBooks and Kobo. Getting this title in print was an adventure (details upcoming on the blog), but I'm excited to finally share … Continue reading “Blue Karma” Now Available in Print and Digital Everywhere

Thoreau In The Snow: A Writer’s Interlude at Walden Pond

Ice gleamed along the barrier islands thousands of feet below, and I grimaced at my leather dress boots, jammed under the airplane seat. Dispatched on a business trip to the western suburbs of Boston, I’d taken the precaution of wearing my New York Yankees underwear as protection against enemy baseball juju, but hadn’t prepared for … Continue reading Thoreau In The Snow: A Writer’s Interlude at Walden Pond

Book Review: “Rise of the Rocket Girls” by Nathalia Holt

Rise of the Rocket Girls promised an intersection of two of my favorite non-fiction genres: science, and the too-often-overlooked impact of women in history. I expected a book comparable to Radium Girls, which portrays its subjects as memorable personalities in a suspenseful narrative; or Code Girls, the captivating account of female cryptologic analysts during WWII. … Continue reading Book Review: “Rise of the Rocket Girls” by Nathalia Holt

Shipping and Handling, Pt III: How to Write Sex Scenes (By Writing Fight Scenes)

“You know why your books don’t sell?” asked my Laddie, scrolling idly through the Kindle sale page. Suggestive covers whizzed by on the computer screen. “No sex scenes.” I wrinkled my nose. “The protagonists in my last series were fifteen.” “Teenagers have sex.” “Not when they’re preoccupied with survival.” While adolescent sexual experiences may be … Continue reading Shipping and Handling, Pt III: How to Write Sex Scenes (By Writing Fight Scenes)