Indie Adventures – Part 5 – Bringing in the Pros

New to this series? Start with: Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line This series is titled “Indie Adventures,” and I am going the indie route with the publishing of my novel, but that does not mean that I am doing it all myself. Indie is about control, it is not about who does the work. So, indie does not mean you have to do all the editing and proofing, create the cover art, …

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Indie Adventures – Part 4 – Beta Round 2 (or One More Time for Good Measure)

If you missed it, See Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line,  Indie Adventures – Part 2 – Beta Readers or “How the Hell Do I Know If This Book is Any Good!?”, and Indie Adventures – Part 3 – Evaluating the Beta Read Before we get into Beta Round 2, first a word from our sponsor. “Tired of procrastination? Are your projects plagued with delays, more delays, and damn delays? Then you need ProDoIt, the …

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The Writers of the Future Contest – A Class Act

The Writers of the Future Contest (WOTF) is a class act. If you write speculative fiction (sci-fi or fantasy) and aren’t a pro, then do yourself a favor and submit. I have been sitting on this for a while, since it wasn’t public, but I recently got my second honorable mention  (2 honorable mentions in 3 tries).  This one is for fun sci-fi adventure novelette called “Ghost Hacker, Zombie Maker”. Here is what is classy about …

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New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan

This all started with 100 Stories for Haiti, and has moved on from Haiti to Pakistan to Queensland and now Japan. On March 11, 20011 a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. We all saw the news, saw the devastation, witnessed the drama at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. When disaster strikes, what do you do (besides watch it play out on the news). Well, writers write. Which makes sense, it is what writers do, …

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100 Stories for Queensland is Here!

100 Stories for Queensland is here! So, you can read some great stories (include “Soggy Shoes” by yours truly) and help with the recovery from recent devistating flooding in Queensland, Australia. There is a good FAQ up on the official site. Here are some excerpts: What is 100 Stories for Queensland? 100 Stories for Queensland is a charity anthology of flash fiction, that is, short stories of under 1000 words, in aid of the survivors …

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Indie Adventures – Part 3 – Evaluating the Beta Read

If you missed it, See Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line and Indie Adventures – Part 2 – Beta Readers or “How the Hell Do I Know If This Book is Any Good!?” So you did your homework and setup up your beta readers (see part 2). This includes, in brief: Picked good, enthusiastic readers that would read the kind of book you wrote. Set them up with your manuscript (printed with red pen, or electronic …

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The Psychology of Writing, Part 2: The Shock Box

If you missed it see: The Psychology of Writing, Part 1. Writer L.M May just did a fantastic blog post titled: Fiction Writers and Learned Helplessness. In it she  talks about some of the psychology behind what is happening in the writing world today with the indie vs. traditional publishing camps. The whole post is great, and well worth reading, but I want to focus in on one aspect. But first, go read it now. I’ll wait… …

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Coming soon: 100 Stories for Queensland

100 Stories for Queensland now has a release date: Tuesday, May 3rd. This charity anthology has my story “Soggy Shoes” in it, and this one is for flood relief in Australia. All proceeds go to Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief appeal. I’ve seen the galleys and it looks fantastic. So all you charitable minded readers (or just readers who like good short stories) get ready. I’ll keep you posted as details come in. Read more about it in my previous …

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Indie Adventures – Part 2 – Beta Readers or “How the Hell Do I Know If This Book is Any Good!?”

If you missed it, See Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line. It is a serious question. How the hell do you know if your book is any good? Or movie, or game, or song. If you are on your own going indie, how the hell do you know? Ask your Mom, or your spouse, or your best friend? Not quite, you need to be a bit more objective than that. A common …

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Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line

The publishing world is changing. Fast. A brief look at some writers blogs out there (Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joe Konrath) will orient you to the changes. I can sum it up briefly in one word: Indie. The indie movie industry and the indie music industry are well established. It is, simply, when an artists takes control of their art and brings it as directly as possible to the consumer. Less corporate-centric, more …

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