Piracy Results

Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve been conducting an experiment, both here with Rowan of the Wood & a little more secretly with Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author and over on O. M. Grey’s blog with Avalon Revisited. And as promised, today I’m posting the results of that experiment. The results are…

Amazon is an Author’s Best Friend

Hands down. I get a check from Amazon every month. In fact, I get three: one from Kindle sales, one from Seller Central (which I use to sell my old documentaries), and one from Amazon Associate. Granted, I’m not paying my mortgage with those checks. Yet. But often it is enough to cover one of…

Give A Little Respect

As I travel from convention to convention, participating on panels and meeting a variety of authors, I’ve come across some rather unfortunate behavior and attitudes. Unfortunate because it is unnecessary, but it is extant nonetheless. Most fantasy conventions have many authors in attendance. Some of them are in artist alley or the dealer room selling…

Feeling Successful

What defines success? I think probably each person has an individual idea of success and what that means for them and their work. Many put deadlines on success, like “by the time I’m 35, I’ll be a NYT bestselling author.” But what happens when they turn 35 and they’re not even published yet? They feel…

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…

Neil Gaiman on Piracy

People often ask me about piracy issues and digital rights management (drm) concerns. I can’t say it any better than Neil has. Good stuff. —-{—-{@ All our books are DRM free. What are your thoughts on the issue of piracy and DRM?

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…

Self-Publishing’s Golden Goose

If you pay attention to the publishing world at all, then you have heard the name Amanda Hocking. You likely have also heard the name J. A. Konrath. They are currently the greatest self-publishing success stories circulating cyberspace, but others are not far behind. Amanda Hocking is 26-years-old and lives in Minnesota. She has already…

Mandatory Returns & Kindle

Back in November 2008, we had a great book signing (one of our first ever) at the Borders in Collin Creek Mall (Plano, TX). We sold 13 books! Whereas most authors sell an average of 1-5 books, 13 is pretty great! Over the holidays last month, I found myself back at Collin Creek Mall for…