A Writer's Guide To Hustlers, Harlots and Heroes Resources Writing

One of the most popular posts here in 2012 was from author Krista D. Ball who had just released What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. It was a brilliant book – a writers’ guide, a cookbook, and a history of food all rolled into one. Anyone who read it will be delighted to hear that Krista is back with the follow-up Hustlers, Harlots, and Heroes: A Regency and Steampunk Field Guide. It’s another treasure trove of useful information and fascinating stories (for readers and writers alike). Chapters like Whores, Wenches, and Women as well as Cleanliness Leads To Drunkness prove that this is no air-brushed guide to Victorian and Georgian London. While you get the view from high society, you will also rub shoulders Read More…

A Writer’s Guide To Hustlers, Harlots and Heroes Resources Writing

One of the most popular posts here in 2012 was from author Krista D. Ball who had just released What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. It was a brilliant book – a writers’ guide, a cookbook, and a history of food all rolled into one. Anyone who read it will be delighted to hear that Krista is back with the follow-up Hustlers, Harlots, and Heroes: A Regency and Steampunk Field Guide. It’s another treasure trove of useful information and fascinating stories (for readers and writers alike). Chapters like Whores, Wenches, and Women as well as Cleanliness Leads To Drunkness prove that this is no air-brushed guide to Victorian and Georgian London. While you get the view from high society, you will also rub shoulders Read More…

IndieReCon – Free Online Conference Starts Next Week Marketing Publishing Resources Writing

There’s a free, online self-publishing conference taking place next week. It’s the second year of IndieReCon, and they have an action-packed schedule filled with all sorts of great stuff – a mixture of posts, vlogs, webinars, as well as the opportunity to drill deeper into the various topics with a series of online and Twitter chats. The fun kicks off next Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 (EST) and runs until Thursday, Feb 27 at 22:00 (EST). I have all the details below from one of the co-founders, SR (Shelli) Johannes, which I’m happy to share. Be sure to drop in, there’s some cool stuff planned, and it’s all FREE (make sure to register to gain access). Here’s Shelli with more: Read More…

Using Story Beats To Increase Writing Speed Writing

You may be familiar with the Self-Publishing Podcast – hosted by Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright – which has featured all sorts of people doing interesting things in the world of self-publishing. Well, now the SPP guys have released a book – Write. Publish. Repeat – and it’s fantastic. Long-time readers of this blog might remember Dave guest-posting here way back in October 2011 about a serial fiction experiment he was conducting with Sean. The experiment was a huge success and Sean & Dave have since written a bunch more serials, including one for Amazon’s SF/F imprint 47North. Sean also co-writes with Johnny, and together they’ve written a bunch more serials too (over a million words published last Read More…

Greetings from Prague! Writing

There’s news of a monster sale and competition at the bottom of this post, but, first of all: I’m still alive! Apologies for the prolonged radio silence, but finding an apartment in Prague proved trickier than expected. We thought we had a place twice before, only for the deal to collapse – either from the terms changing at the last moment, or other related shadiness. But we have a place now and that’s the main thing. Internet connection should be hooked up this week, and then I can re-commence taking over the world. While the apartment search was frustrating, all that pounding the pavement was great for getting to know the city. And what a city! Aside from being so bloody beautiful, Read More…

Ted Oswald Signs With Amazon Publishing, Haiti NGOs To Benefit Publishing Writing

Okay, this might be my favorite ever blog post. Remember that guy who wrote that book set in Haiti, the one I was raving about, the one where he was giving all the profits to charity? Well, I have him back with some big news. Here’s Ted Oswald: * * * I’m a first-time author. I’m a self-taught writer. I crafted the best book I could, tried to follow the best self-publishing advice I could find. And last week, I concluded a book deal with Thomas & Mercer, Amazon Publishing’s mystery and thriller imprint. How? I suspect divine intervention. I of course don’t have a five-point road map to offer to getting a deal, but I can at least share Read More…

The Craft of Writing: Interview with Michael Wallace (Part II) Writing

Today I have Part II of my interview with Michael Wallace – an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing in January 2011. If you missed Part I yesterday, that’s here and make sure to read that first. In this second installment, Michael talks about the kind of marketing that has worked for him, his advice for newer self-publishers, and his take on the 10,000 hours theory as it applies to the craft of writing. We talked about author platform, but that’s only one aspect of marketing. While you don’t spend a huge amount of time blogging, or on Twitter or whatever, you do take an active role in promoting your books. What has been the Read More…

The 20 Year Overnight Success: Interview with Michael Wallace Writing

I have an interview today with Michael Wallace, an author who has sold over 400,000 e-books since he started self-publishing back in January 2011. Michael patiently took the time over several days to answer my questions about writing, marketing, the craft, and the business. Given the length of the interview, and because I didn’t want to cut any of the great answers he gave, I’m posting this over two days. The second part will go live at the same time tomorrow: 5pm GMT/Noon Eastern. When I started self-publishing a couple of years ago, you were one of those guys already doing well that everyone was watching closely. I think you uploaded your first in January of that year, and, if memory Read More…

Giving It All Away – An Interview with Ted Oswald Writing

Back in April, I stumbled across a wonderful novel called Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti by Ted Oswald. I think I was only half-way through when I started hunting him down on the internet to tell him how much I liked it. I don’t usually chase people across cyberspace to give them a review, but this was a remarkable book. I also knew that once you guys heard the backstory, you would want to know more. After a soupçon of cajoling, Ted agreed to be interviewed… First of all I’d like to thank Ted for coming along today. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading Because We Are yet, perhaps you could kick off by telling us a little about Read More…

Have You Read A Good Book Lately? Writing

Like many readers, I get my book recommendations from multiple sources: friends, peers, genre bestseller lists, Amazon algorithms, and deal sites. The latter two are sources new to me since I switched to a Kindle in Christmas 2011. Prior to that, two big sources of recommendations would have been the front tables in bookstores, and review pages of newspapers. Neither really fulfill that function anymore. I don’t know if it’s because of the source of the recommendations, or because of the ability to sample anything before purchasing, but I find I’m buying a lot less duds. I’m reading a lot more self-published work these days, as well as titles from small publishers. I can’t say whether the average book from Read More…

When Visibility Doesn't Lead To Book Sales Publishing Writing

Writers are pretty creative about getting exposure for themselves and their books. Self-publishers especially are always experimenting with innovative ways to move the sales needle. Like many of you, I’ve tried a little of everything at this point, and the list of stuff that works is far, far shorter than the list of stuff that doesn’t. But what if I told you that you had a chance for some serious exposure? Imagine appearing on a reality TV show with millions of viewers, week after week. That level of visibility should have some kind of effect, right? YA fantasy writer and King of The Nerds contestant Genevieve Pearson is here to share her story: * * * “Writing is easy. It’s the marketing Read More…

When Visibility Doesn’t Lead To Book Sales Publishing Writing

Writers are pretty creative about getting exposure for themselves and their books. Self-publishers especially are always experimenting with innovative ways to move the sales needle. Like many of you, I’ve tried a little of everything at this point, and the list of stuff that works is far, far shorter than the list of stuff that doesn’t. But what if I told you that you had a chance for some serious exposure? Imagine appearing on a reality TV show with millions of viewers, week after week. That level of visibility should have some kind of effect, right? YA fantasy writer and King of The Nerds contestant Genevieve Pearson is here to share her story: * * * “Writing is easy. It’s the marketing Read More…

From Pizza Hut To Easy Street: The David Dalglish Story Publishing Writing

Fantasy author David Dalglish is a big name in the self-publishing world, but he’s on the cusp of something even bigger. His path wasn’t easy. When David uploaded his first book, way back in February 2010, he was working in Pizza Hut. The popularity of his books, and the speed with which he was able to publish them, meant that it didn’t take long before he was able to quit that job and write full-time. David’s stellar sales (over 350,000 books to date) led to big offers from major publishers. But he wasn’t able to accept any of them – until recently. David is here today to tell us more. Trust me when I say this is quite the story: Hi David, Read More…

99 Books and 99 Authors at 99c (with $990 in prizes) Marketing Writing

Apologies for the blog silence while I put the finishing touches to Let’s Get Visible. I’m poking my head out of the writing cave to tell you about a very special promotion I’m taking part in today: 99 authors who have dropped the price of their 99 books to 99c for one day only. There are also $990 worth of prizes up for grabs, and you can find out more here (where you will see the line-up of participating books. Amazon is featuring 80 of the participating books as a very special Kindle Daily Deal today  – including my historical A Storm Hits Valparaiso –  and it will be fun seeing how high the books go. I’m scheduling this post in advance, as Read More…

Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank Resources Writing

When I first heard about What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank: A Fantasy Lover’s Food Guide I knew it was going to be brilliant. The concept alone demanded it – which I had heard about a few months beforehand. I’m in a writers’ group with Krista D. Ball, and when she explained what she was working on, I wasn’t alone at being filled with a mixture of excitement and envy. I wasn’t jealous because I could have written this book – I couldn’t have – but because it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime fantastic ideas that you know is going to be a huge hit. What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank is a writers’ guide, a cookbook, and a history of food all rolled Read More…