Let me start by saying this: Self-publishing is an art form. Sure, writing is a literal form of art, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. The process of self-publishing and the magic that goes into it is an art form all unto itself. Traditionally published writers have the luxury of having agents, editors, and publishing companies that handle everything from cover design to marketing. The writer is able to focus on one thing – the writing. As a self-published author, I’m solely responsible for everyone of those aspects I just mentioned.
Having said that, while I am solely responsible for completing each of those things, that hardly means I do it alone. Luckily, I’ve been able to create a hell of a support system who have been crucial in my publishing career, and have helped me put out as polished of a finished product as possible. Continue reading
Here we go, folks. My review of Patrick J. O’Brian‘s latest offering, Uncertain Terms. Get to know a little more about this great book below, then pick up your copy at the link I just included!
***Mild spoilers below***
Michael Brogan was a good cop, unlike the rest of his family. He moved halfway across the country, from Chicago to Boston, to distance himself from their mistakes and reputations. Or so he thought. His world all comes crashing down one afternoon when he wakes up in a cell while the local news runs the story of his murder. Now it’s up to him to atone for his family’s transgressions. He’s introduced to an unknown agency that likes to keep secrets and isn’t everything they lead on to be. However, through working with them and their seemingly endless resources, he’s able to do some good work and have a positive impact on the world around him, even if nobody knows it’s him. Continue reading
This year I dedicated a lot of time and effort into refueling content production for this website. I wanted to get serious about my writing and work on developing my skills in the craft. I worked hard coming up with ideas for posts every week, and minus a couple weeks in the middle of the year, I’ve accomplished my goal.
Today I’m going to pull back the curtain just a little bit more. There’s kind of an unspoken, but understood rule in the media world that authors don’t divulge numbers in regard to book sales, bloggers don’t talk about number of visits, and podcasters don’t speak about their number of subscribers. Mostly, I think that rule exists because people don’t want to reveal that their audience might not be as big as other audiences, or that they barely have an audience at all. I know that’s definitely the case for me. Exposing myself for the fraud that I am is scary, but it doesn’t change my motivations or desire to continue writing. Continue reading
Okay, so Crossover has been out for two months now. Hell, Crossroads has been out for over three years. If you still haven’t checked out the Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club series for whatever reason, then let’s discuss, because, frankly, that just seems inexcusable. Last week, I pointed out how the series is perfect for pretty much any demographic. Simply can’t figure out when or where to read it? Then let’s brainstorm and come up with some ideas together, shall we?
When I wrote the books, I intentionally kept the chapters short. It keeps the story progressing for the reader, and as the writer, it makes crafting each chapter like it is its own separate short story. Not to mention it provides plenty of natural reading breaks. When I consider reading a book, I like to flip through and get an idea of the chapter lengths. Long chapters aren’t an automatic deal-breaker per se, but they are certainly a turn off. I’m not able to devote big chunks of time to read all at once, so having good places to set a book down is helpful for me as a reader. As a writer, I like to keep that in mind and take it into consideration. There’s also another unintended benefit – it draws the reader into the story a little more. With short chapters, readers tend to think, “Okay, just one more chapter. Oh, that was fast. I can squeeze in another one. Okay, one more won’t hurt.” And so on, and so on. Before they know it, they’ve ripped through the book and are clamoring for more (if it’s written well).
Now let’s get down to business. The whole point of this article is to offer suggestions on the when, where, and how you can finally get up to speed with Will McGee. Here we go…
The holidays are fast approaching, whether you’re ready for them or not. Which means the pressure is mounting if you haven’t started shopping yet. Well let me ease some of that stress with today’s post. I’m about to give you the perfect suggestions for literally everyone on your shopping list.
Before that though, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. I’d like to think we can all agree that there should be no tolerance for ignorance. Ya with me? I think there’s a natural connection between ignorance and a lack of reading. Reading expands your vocabulary. It informs you about subjects you aren’t familiar with, and it educates you further on subjects that are already are familiar with. Based on those truths, then we should have all just come to the same conclusion: books are the perfect gift for everybody! Let me break it down a number of ways and prove it to you. Ready? Continue reading
Recently, I was able to participate in a local author fair at the beautiful Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers, Indiana. During the event, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed for a podcast that features area news and events. The host was able to get brief interviews with most of the participating authors, and you can hear my segment begin at the 14:38 mark. You can also read a short write-up here. In case you miss it, I’m pretty sure I’m the author that’s referenced who concentrates on stories of biker gangs. Thanks to LarryInFishers for coming out and supporting a great group of writers!
Thank you, that is all.