Monday, March 10, 2014

Tales of An Indie Author: Letting Fans Know About New Books




Introducing my sidekick, Mailchimp: The monkey who collects emails instead of bananas. No indie author should be without a way for fans to keep up with their favorite authors' new books.

At least, not this one.

Sign up here to be among the very first to hear about my new books.

Opps. Did I let it slip I've got a new book coming out?

Bad, PV.

At least I didn't reveal it's a mystery with action adventure. The first in a series.

There, I did it again.

Next thing you'll know there'll be a cover reveal and sample book description. Just watch.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Posting Promises My Blog Can't Keep



I got myself in a real pickle. Let me explain.

Dean Wesley Smith was blogging his progress writing a 70k novel in ten days. No rewrites, no agonizing, just type and done. Inspiring.

Then a writer I'm following, Ryan Casey, did the same thing. Making great progress, all the while finishing up his degree program.

Keep in mind, I'm a children's book writer. Immaturity is my hobby. So I..

sorta...

challenged Ryan to a race. And he accepted.

Yeah, yeah. I know. It's not the speed but the outcome, we're all writing for posterity and shooting for Hemingway. I get that.

Both of us will be having our projects edited. Both shooting for a May pub date. Currently my middle grade mystery sits at 23, 113 words with a target of 25k. Ryan's at 16k.

Clearly, I'm cheating.

No, no I am not. I haven't so much as reread anything I've written—so it might be all run-on sentences and dangling participles. A ton of research still to do.

There will be ANGST. There always is.

This wasn't my original plan. I mean, really—I've a more than full-time job, children, a lawn to mow, why the heck would I think I could write a whole new novel this fast? My plan was to be finished by August and pubbed in October. Nice, leisurely pace. My last book took me a year in revision alone.

Yet, people I respect seem to think fast is the new awesome fluff in the peanut butter bestseller. We'll see.

Blame it on the peer pressure. If a writer jumps off the cliff, I'll be there bungee jumping right behind him.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Tales From An Indie Author: Google Play


Today, Amazon notified me that they're kicking me out of their lending library (ok, giving me five days—OR ELSE) because of a breach of agreement. That is, their exclusivity clause. They provided a link as proof. And they're right: there is my book, Not Just For Breakfast Anymore, on sale at Google Play.

Without my permission.

If you've ever used Google Editions, you already know what I know. It is hard to use, finding vital information is like a scavenger hunt in mud, at midnight, while blindfolded, and there's no way to contact them.

If a matter isn't about obscenity or copyright, Google doesn't want to know you. In fact (they admit) even then they may or may not respond anyway.

I removed my book from Google Editions over a year ago. But I logged in today, and there it was. A duplicate of my book, which I didn't upload, for sale. I quickly deleted it but...you know what? I have no idea if that's enough.

I don't blame Amazon for enforcing their contract. Duh, I agreed to it. But as an independent author, these whack-a-mole problems with e-distributors can be so frustrating. Little ole me against the faceless corporate machine of nested menus, techno-speech, and monumental indifference.

My advice to you Indies: avoid Google books. Exactly zero people I know has ever sold a book there, and you don't need the technical problems. Believe me.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Kickstarter Project I like

The cover illustrator of my book is Rob Peters. He's having a Kickstarter campaign for his own book of cartoons. Full of mystery and adventure, and plenty of fun.

If you look closely at his pitch video, one of the examples of his work is Not Just For Breakfast Anymore. I also enjoyed seeing how he does his magic. As a guy who failed stick figures in school, I admire the skill necessary to draw lines on a page and convey character.

Rob does great work. Check him out and get your own autographed hard cover book today.
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What would happen...

If you gave an attention-shy twelve year old boy an embarrassing pet: Get kicked out of town? Make the baseball team? Both? Read all about it in NOT JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE.