Rowan of the Crisp

Dylan Kirkpatrick holds his creation–a cereal based on our book Rowan of the Wood, part of his school project in 4th grade at Moss Haven. Dylan chose Rowan of the Wood for his book report and loved the book. He told us that one of his friends asked to borrow it after he finished, read…

Second Edition Now Available + Free Books to Writing Groups!

It’s out! It’s finally out! The SECOND EDITION to my Amazon bestselling Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author is now available for purchase via paperback or download for your KINDLE (or Kindle App on smart phones, tablets, or computers). If you’ve got a Kindle Fire, you’ll even get color photographs and screen shots!…

Duotrope Strategy

As promised, here is another excerpt from my forthcoming second edition of Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author: Getting the Most Out of Duotrope Especially now that it’s no longer free, take some time to get the most out of Duotrope by doing your research and being organized. Although they have their handy…

Do Duotrope!

(From my forthcoming 2nd Edition to Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author) Duotrope lists virtually every market for short stories and provides a handy submission tracking device. I truly can’t recommend Duotrope highly enough. You can research markets by genre, pay, story length, and more. As you research, you can save particular markets…

How Twitter Automation Saved My Career

Okay. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but it caught your attention! To make the most out of this blog and TweetAdder automation, I set up .txt documents with links to all my blog posts, podcasts, book links, reviews, and more, then uploaded those .txt files to TweetAdder to randomly post throughout the…

Book Review: Darker Still – A Novel of Magic Most Foul

Simply splendid. In fact, I’d go as far as to say: Brilliant! That’s what I think of Darker Still: A Novel of Magic Most Foul I first started reading Ms. Hieber’s work when my agent introduced me to the author. We hit it off immediately, and have stayed in touch through the years. I adored…

Choose CreateSpace over LSI

As I said in my Publishing & Marketing Realities book: Amazon is an author’s best friend. Hands down. I stick by that statement even two years later. Even though so much has changed in the publishing industry it’s hardly even recognizable from what it was two years ago. Amazon, although it’s had its own changes,…

Writer Tip: Tired Plots, or Stories to Avoid

For the past two years, I’ve been utilizing the wonderful service of Duotrope to find markets for my short fiction and to keep track of what I sent where. All my short fiction is published under my pen name, O. M. Grey, and I’ve had a considerable amount published since 2011. While researching one of…

Book Review: A Real Piece of Work

(Reblogged from O. M. Grey’s Caught in the Cogs) I quite enjoyed A Real Piece of Work up until about the halfway point. Once the redheaded bombshell who painted nude self-portraits was introduced, and objectified so heavily, my red flags went up. Although, for a hard-boiled detective story, the misogynistic commentary was quite light. Once…

Valentine’s Day Love & Horror Stories to Share

This blog, I’m ashamed to admit, has been very much on and off for the past year, expressly against my own advice! This is what happens when an author tries to maintain two separate author personae. Not enough time. Not enough energy. I’m working on merging the two, over time. My alter ego, O. M….