The Self-Publishing Basket

There is considerable wisdom in this maxim: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In this particular instance I’m referring to authors who only make their work available for Amazon.com’s Kindle e-reader. The reasons one SHOULD consider listing your self-pubbed/produced creative project are obvious: Amazon (and by extension, the Kindle) are the combined 800-pound […]

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New Personal Best!

Recently I finished up some freelance writing for British RPG company Modiphius on the Pacific Theatre guide for Achtung! Cthulhu. At over 30,000 words, this was my biggest single writing project to date. Many of my writer friends would scoff at that number – it’s not even the length of a full novel – but […]

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Why Support Independent Stores?

There’s been occasional pulses of information encouraging everyone to “buy local”, and I’d like to add my two cents’ worth on the subject. It’s important to consider, particularly in this day when being price conscious can be the difference between eating and not eating for many people. The first question that comes up is: “What […]

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Responding to Negative Reviews

We’ve all seen them, and all writers had them at one time or another. Negative Reviews can be infuriating and frustrating and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, but they always give you a slightly sick feeling, like someone just punched you in the gut. Being a writer is tough. You sit in a room — by yourself, […]

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Why Authors Should Be Cautious About Sharing Too Much

Here’s a chilling tale from fellow writer Anne R. Allen: “As some of you know, I broke my own rules recently and let my inner Atticus Finch speak up at an ill-advised moment. (Never try to reason with rageaholics: you’re only volunteering to be their next fix.) A legal team who monitors online hate groups […]

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E-Book Piracy

I was discussing ebook piracy with some folks at GeekKon over the weekend, and I made a couple of points to these folks (who were newly-minted publishers looking for ways to market their RPG books) about piracy and the ebook market, which they were reluctant to enter because of piracy fear. 1. People who pirate […]

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Odds & Ends, Plus a Book I Love

First, I’d like to mention that I’ll be attending GenCon this week in Indianapolis Tuesday thru Saturday, hence the early posting of my blog. As a last-minute reminder, I’d also like to mention that print copies of the books Haunted: Eleven Tales of Ghostly Horror and Sidekicks!, both of which include stories of mine, will both be available […]

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Internet Connections

It’s good to vent once in a while, isn’t it? I vented last week in this blog over a few depressing things that happened at that time, because they were all things that were bumming me out. Having vented, it’s out of my system, and I’m moving move on. My main topic this week concerns […]

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Take the Good With the Bad

So this post is going up later than usual because I’ve been pretty down lately, and two things contributed to that more than anything right now. First, I got another rejection letter. Short and to the point, it brought to the fore all the self-doubt and depression I could possibly want. It was an anthology […]

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