How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters)

Once upon a time I was reading through some fiction by well meaning (and sometimes very talented) indie authors. Among the pieces was a screenplay that the writer wanted desperately to sell and that he believed was brilliant. He didn’t know why it got flat rejections when he submitted it, but I could see the … More How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters)

Kindle Unlimited: Blessing or Bane to Indie Authors?

A few months ago I published an e-book for the first time, my NaNo novel Mostly Human. I was using Kindle Direct Publishing, which I’m a big fan of as both a reader and a writer. During the publication process, I had the option to join Kindle Select, which would mean more publicity, higher ratings… and … More Kindle Unlimited: Blessing or Bane to Indie Authors?

Know Your Rights: Online Sharing, Royalties, And Indie Publishing

Recently the music industry has been struggling around a growing problem in the age of the Internet: piracy and online sharing. Singer Taylor Swift chose to pull her music from many online sharing pools, while other artists such as Amanda Palmer practically welcome what others consider piracy–because hey, it’s free publicity. It’s an issue that … More Know Your Rights: Online Sharing, Royalties, And Indie Publishing

E-Book Marketing: What Authors Should Know

Like many people in the writing industry, I used to be hesitant about pursuing publication for my books as e-books. It isn’t often that I ever read any books on my computer except for homework assignments, and my mom’s clunky e-reader from the ’90s wasn’t nearly as pleasant of an experience as a normal bound paper book. … More E-Book Marketing: What Authors Should Know