The president of IndieBRAG just told me I am in the running to become a finalist for their Book Cover contest, which starts on July 1st. The honor is not for my latest book, but for the first one I wrote: Warrior Patient. It’s a book that contains a lot of humor, and much that is… Continue reading Book Cover Contest
A reader asked me how I wrote my books. I answered: “I’m not sure. When I re-read them, I often don’t remember writing what I see.” “So there’s a muse?” she asked. “The characters take over. I do what they tell me to do.” “But you know the ending,” she said. “A lot of famous… Continue reading How do you write your books?
Media editors often penalize writers who use illustrations or photos in fiction, except, of course, in children’s books. In novels, they consider graphic support “unprofessional.” In the case of indie writers, I believe they are wrong. Here’s why. I was an editor at the Reader’s Digest for many years. We loved pictures with our stories, which were either… Continue reading Penalty Points for Indie Writers
Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few… Continue reading Poison Heartbeats Ad Campaign
Every book I write has an “Ad Campaign” using artwork from chapter headings. The “ads” themselves always run with a review blurb and a link to the book. On Twitter, I also use hashtags within the blurb copy. The blurbs change because I have a lot more editorial/reader reviews than pictures. Here are a few examples… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Ad Campaign
Every author loves positive reader reviews, even though they rank far down the ladder as promotional requirements. Email marketing, websites, blogs, book signings, public speaking, social media, awards, blog tours, local media, editorial reviews, and business cards will, individually, sell more books than a good five-star review from a reader. That’s right; a good business… Continue reading Why don’t more readers review your books?
Wrinkled Heartbeats has won the Silver Medal in the crowded category of Action Fiction at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. It is available as an eBook, a paperback, or a hardback from Templeworks Properties. The novel was also chosen as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It received that award as one of the best First… Continue reading Wrinkled Heartbeats Wins the Silver Medal in a Crowded Category at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.
For Indie book writers, only two avenues lead to getting your work into the hands of readers: Road Warrior, or Cyber Warrior. You do not have to take your pick. They combine nicely. But you only have these two choices. It simplifies things. Road Warriors enjoy eye-to-eye contact with their readers. Road Warriors meet their… Continue reading Are you a Road Warrior or a Cyberwarrior?
Wrinkled Heartbeats was recently chosen as a Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It received the award as one of the best First Novels of the year. It is available as an ebook, a paperback, or a hardback from Templeworks Properties. The book has also received an Awesome Indies Approval badge, which includes the following… Continue reading “Wrinkled Heartbeats” a Finalist at 2016 Indie Book Awards
What is an “Indie” writer? John Grisham started as one. Mark Twain was one. Edgar Allen Poe was an Indie. Spike Jonze, John Cassavetes, and Quentin Tarantino are all Indie Writers/Directors. They are all Do-It-Yourself experts. Indie authors assume the responsibilities of writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, designing, printing, publishing, promoting, and selling their work. They… Continue reading What is an Indie Writer?