Pull out your calendar, because you've got a date with me this Thursday at 3PM EST. If you haven't heard of LibraryJournal's (LJ) SELF-e platform, you're missing out: it's a terrific effort to get more self-published books launched into libraries. Blue Karma won the LJ Self-Publishing Award for the science fiction genre last year, so I've … Continue reading This Thursday: live Twitter chat with me and Self-E!
It’s the cherished fantasy of every aspiring author: your debut novel, beautifully bound with the stamp of a respected publishing house branded on its spine, shiny new copies stacked and gleaming on a bookstore display table like doubloons in a pirate’s hoard. Royalties roll in and, with the handsome advance on your next till, you … Continue reading Piece of the Pie Chart: Statistics of Success in Indie Publishing
As if insults on a chocolate foil weren’t enough, now cough drops are attempting psychotherapy. Unwrapping a lozenge yesterday, I found the paper printed with aggressive encouragements: “You can do it and you know it!” “Flex your can-do muscle!” “Fire up those engines!” It read like a lemon-and-menthol Jillian Michaels. I laughed because just moments … Continue reading Groundhog Day: Recurring Draft Doubt and How to Beat It
My debut novel just went 3-for-3 in independent publishing awards! Blue Karma made finalist in the Shelf Unbound indie book competition. Thousands of authors submitted their novels (so I'm told) so top six is a terrific accomplishment. Sarah (@sarahplusbook), the dystopian editor for Shelf Unbound, reviewed Blue Karma this summer and encouraged me to submit it. Thanks, Sarah: here's further proof that authors … Continue reading Blue Karma Scores a Hat Trick
Indie authors face many challenges, but perhaps the greatest is getting their work recognized. One way of distinguishing your title among the flood of self-published material is through book awards. A shiny stamp on the cover immediately tells potential buyers that an objective institution reviewed your book (not just your cousin who gave you a five-star rating on Amazon) and deemed … Continue reading Blue Karma’s first award!