Publishing & Marketing Realities, the Podcast

This is the first podcast in a series named after my book Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author. In this weekly podcast, I’ll be focusing on publishing choices and marketing realities in the current state of the industry and marketplace. We’ll be talking with other emerging authors and exploring some options for those…

4 Steps to Twitter Success

Twitter can be a pain in the ass. No doubt. There is so much information whizzing by every second, how can one keep up? Why would anyone want to keep up? I’ve had authors tell me they have no interest in reading what someone is eating or where they’re going. That, especially mixed with so…

Top 5 Things Emerging Authors Can Do to Sell More Books

As is the struggle for every author, you must find your audience. Last week we discussed “The Right Followers,” and this week we’re going to talk about how to find the right readers. Although it’s never easy to find your readers, they’re out there. And with the internet and social networks, it’s easier than ever…

Go Beyond: Promoting Steampunk Outside Comfort Zones

This week’s Emerging Author Spotlight: a guest post by Tee Morris. Originally posted on O. M. Grey’s blog yesterday. —-{—-{@ Gentle reader, it may not come as a surprise to you that the lovely and delicious O.M. Grey has invited me to talk about steampunk as Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel hits the…

Fear Obscurity, Not Piracy

Tim O’Reilly said, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy” in a piece written nearly ten years ago. And I think he’s right. Even more so today than a decade ago. Why? Because it’s no longer 100,000 books published every year, it’s over three times that. And that figure…

The MTV/American Idol Effect in Writing

A Guest Post by Rhonda Eudaly This essay will appear in my forthcoming book Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author. —-{—-{@ Once upon a time it was enough for authors to write a brilliant story, have it published, and be exalted all without leaving their homes. It was, once, “sexy” for an author…

Posting Challenge 2011

In 2009, I posted something everyday over on our old blog. That is until I got really, really burned out sometime in October. Then in 2010, my posting was very sporadic as I recovered. Now in 2011, I’ve stepped up my blogging again. For the past several weeks, I’ve been blogging three times a week,…

Emerging Author Spotlight: Evelyn Lafont

With some luck, and perhaps copious amounts of chocolate and coffee (perhaps even some vodka), I will have a new independent author to spotlight every Wednesday for Twitter’s #WW #WriterWednesdays. I’d like to start this weekly tradition off with a really fun author I met via Twitter: Evelyn Lafont, the KeyboardHussy. Evelyn’s first novella, Vampire…

Amazon & the Future of Publishing

This issue keeps popping up on my radar. Even on Twitter, and through the recent #140 character conference, the question remains on what will happen to big publishing if they don’t change. At BEA in 2009, it was noted that big publishers are in greater financial dire straights than the little indie publisher. The NY…