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
Awesome Indies is one of the most-respected guides for good reading in Indie Publishing. It has just sent Poison Heartbeats its notice of approval. They suggest their Awesome Indies Approval (AIA) badge “takes the risk out of buying Indie.” The endorsement does not come easily. The assessor of the book must approve it with at least a 4-star ranking.… Continue reading “Poison Heartbeats” wins Awesome Indies Approval
What happens when ISIL and ISIS decide to turn a glass of water into a weapon of mass destruction? Can Homeland Security plug the poisonous leak with which they want to destroy America? Poison Heartbeats answers these questions in a new novel by Temple Emmet Williams, the second book in his “Heartbeats” series, which… Continue reading Can a glass of water become a weapon of mass destruction?
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?
Charles Freedom Long has written an exceptional book in Dancing With The Dead. The writing is crisp, clear, and powerful. The science fiction world he creates contains sufficient remnants of today to capture readers with honesty, believability, and trust. In this respect, shades of the great SF writer, Isaac Asimov, appear. I once asked Asimov,… Continue reading Shades of the Great Isaac Asimov appear
On October 28, 2015, Warrior Patient by Temple Emmet Williams made it into the Top Slot on three different non-fiction best-seller lists at Amazon. After a week, it fell back in the ratings. Then on December 1, 2015, after a strong 99¢ discount campaign, Temple’s first book returned to the best-seller lists. The author is in the… Continue reading Warrior Patient Reclaims Best Seller List
This book will change how you approach the miracles of modern medicine. Read the surprisingly funny story of a person who recovers completely from a relentless series of medical problems, many resulting from the system designed to prevent them. Today, the patient plays tennis, walks, bikes and works out in a gym. Almost miraculously, he… Continue reading Cyber Monday Sale of “Warrior Patient”
Buccaneer, by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler, tells the story of free spirits drawn into the flame of adventure, power, drugs, sex, and money. Most of the story is told from the inside, literally, because modern-day Robin Hoods inevitably stumble into the merciless grip of Federal authorities. One does not expect the free spirit… Continue reading Freefalling Into Freedom
Getting reviews can make or break a book. When writers try to manipulate the process, they often run into problems. New or frustrated authors try to buy reviews, and a cottage industry exists that feeds their desires. It almost always leads to a failure that can destroy the writer’s reputation and any hope of ever “making it” in the industry. Amazon, the… Continue reading Judging Book Reviews
Riding the Dog, by Sybil Rosen, takes readers through nine extraordinary “bus stories.” This award-winning author uses Greyhound buses as the literary vehicle for writing about people who wear the greatness of survival, and the pain of existence. At times, her prose approaches pure magic. A timeworn “jellybean” cliché gives birth to the sting of… Continue reading Take the Trip. Ride the Dog.