How To Query Amazon: The Little Goat That Could Amazon Writing

This wasn’t supposed to happen to George Berger, especially when he was this close to throwing in the towel. You see, George made a (rather public) vow after two years of tepid sales – he would give it one more shot, and, if his latest story was also universally ignored, he would hang up his quill, for good. His next release wasn’t overflowing with obvious commercial potential. It was, after all, a coming-of-age story about a goat. On top of that, it was a defiantly literary story – and fans of same have been relatively slow to switch to digital. And, being a 12,000 word novella, only an e-book edition was planned. Undeterred, and with his vow to quit fresh in 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…

The Length of a Piece of String

If I was to tell you an interesting story about the first time I went to Brazil, I would tell you about the time I woke up face-to-face with a bull’s severed head. I wouldn’t tell you about the weeks beforehand when I did nothing but lie around on the beach and drink too much, or the months of planning, trying to decide which flights to buy, and wondering whether I needed malaria pills.  The point is, you start a story at exactly the point where it gets interesting, and you end it before it starts getting boring. But how long should that be?