My First Year as an Indie Author

On November 24th last year, a little over 13 months ago, I released my first indie title—Servant: The Dark God Book 1. That release was the official rise from the sideways swamp crash I had with Tor Books. BTW, sideways swamp crashes in publishing, which can be caused by all sorts of reasons, are not

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Indie Thoughts: Authors, We Are Not Amazon

Sometimes I think some of us indies get this weird attachment syndrome and start thinking we’re Amazon. Joe Konrath recently hosted a blog-conversation with Lee Child about the whole Amazon vs. traditional publishers thing. The Passive Voice had an active discussion about it as well.  Kudos to Lee Child for yet again showing up and injecting

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Do you wish books had ratings for sex, violence, and language? If so I want to chat with you.

Back in 2011 I wrote a post titled “Since when did young adult fiction become the cure for cancer?”  It was a response to all the YASaves hysteria. The main point of my amazing post (grin) was that the people complaining about some YA content wanted not to ban books, but to simply have a

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I spent 7 days in a car with Larry Correia, International Lord of Hate, and lived to tell about it

Seven days. San Diego, Phoenix, and a wild trip through Wyoming, around Denver, and back to Utah. Seven days. Five nights. On the last trip, Larry, that murderous man, brought a bag of Walmart beef jerky that smelled like farts when you first opened it. Oh, the humanity. Now, here’s the thing. If you spend any

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Indie Thoughts: When an author should self-publish and how that might change

From publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin: For a number of reasons, the belief here is that most of the time for most authors who can get a deal with an established and competent house, their best choice is to take it. Sounds reasonable, but then we get to the money quotes. The strength of the traditional

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