This Thursday: live Twitter chat with me and Self-E!

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!

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Piece of the Pie Chart: Statistics of Success in Indie Publishing

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

Groundhog Day: Recurring Draft Doubt and How to Beat It

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

Blue Karma Scores a Hat Trick

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

Blue Karma’s first award!

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!