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…

"Free" Really Can Make You Money – A Dialogue With Moses Siregar III

There is a lot of talk at the moment about free books, whether they cannibalize your sales or those of other authors, and whether all content will be free in the future. I’ve always argued that “free” can drive up your sales, but it really needs to be part of an overall strategy. In July, fantasy author Moses Siregar III wrote a fascinating guest post on a radical approach he was taking with “free”. He also promised to come back after his novel was out to tell us all if it worked or not. We spoke at the end of August over the course of a couple of days. Dave: Hi Moses. The last time we spoke, you were about a week Read More…

“Free” Really Can Make You Money – A Dialogue With Moses Siregar III

There is a lot of talk at the moment about free books, whether they cannibalize your sales or those of other authors, and whether all content will be free in the future. I’ve always argued that “free” can drive up your sales, but it really needs to be part of an overall strategy. In July, fantasy author Moses Siregar III wrote a fascinating guest post on a radical approach he was taking with “free”. He also promised to come back after his novel was out to tell us all if it worked or not. We spoke at the end of August over the course of a couple of days. Dave: Hi Moses. The last time we spoke, you were about a week Read More…

Guest Post by Moses Siregar III: Using “Free” to Generate Pre-Release Buzz

One of the criticisms that self-publishers face is that they rush their work out. Sometimes it’s bad covers, or poor editing, but sometimes the book just wasn’t ready to be published. Today’s guest poster, Moses Siregar III, understands the importance of making sure your book is the best you can possibly make it before you sent it out into the world. Rather than be frustrated by seeing other indie writers dive in and rack up sales, Moses never rushed his work, instead taking the time to assiduously build his platform in a number of interesting ways, all building up towards the release of his novel at the start of August. He has agreed to do a before-and-after guest post, so Read More…

Let's Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it? First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise. Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free). I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a Read More…

Let’s Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it? First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise. Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free). I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a Read More…

Interview with Digital Poet & Fantasy Novelist Stephen R. Drennon

One of the many things that fascinate me about digital publishing are the new possibilities afforded to writers. Traditionally, publishing has been wary of all sorts of stuff – short novels, short stories, longer novels,  novellas, and poetry. In fact, for a first time author, an agent would rarely look at an adult novel unless it fell exactly between 80,000 to 100,000 words. They had all sorts of good reasons for this, the main being that this was the sweet spot, the intersection between printing costs and buyer habits. However, the rise of digital publishing combined with the ability of the author to go direct to retailers such as Amazon (or even sell direct to the reader) has opened up Read More…

Interview with Digital Poet & Fantasy Novelist Stephen R. Drennon

One of the many things that fascinate me about digital publishing are the new possibilities afforded to writers. Traditionally, publishing has been wary of all sorts of stuff – short novels, short stories, longer novels,  novellas, and poetry. In fact, for a first time author, an agent would rarely look at an adult novel unless it fell exactly between 80,000 to 100,000 words. They had all sorts of good reasons for this, the main being that this was the sweet spot, the intersection between printing costs and buyer habits. However, the rise of digital publishing combined with the ability of the author to go direct to retailers such as Amazon (or even sell direct to the reader) has opened up Read More…