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….

P&MR Second Edition Coming Soon!

Coming very soon, like in March, the new, improved, updated Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author, Second Edition. So much has changed in the past two years since I wrote this book, that it’s high time for an update. In the second edition, MAJOR CHANGES to LSI and CreateSpace as viable publishing options….

eBook Pirates & Lending (Podcast)

Episode 25: eBook Pirates & Lending New York is still making stupid decisions when it comes to eBooks. They’ve pulled their eBooks from Amazon’s Lending Library. Also, a look at the huge scare around eBook Pirates. Is it really anything to worry about? Remember, obscurity is worse. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 25 – eBook…

Sleeping With the Enemy (Podcast)

Something new today: instead of talking about one of my former blog posts with additional commentary, I’ll be talking about a very interesting post by author Kiana Davenport, with additional commentary. The link to Ms. Davenport’s blog is below. I do have quite a few things to say about NY publishing after reading this post,…

Amazon Bypasses Publishers

Thanks to Twitter, where I get all my news, I found this little piece on Slashdot: “David Streitfeld reports that Amazon is aggressively wooing top authors, gnawing away at the services publishers, critics and agents used to provide. ‘Everyone’s afraid of Amazon,’ says Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. ‘The…

Amazing Amazon (Podcast)

An introduction to some of Amazon’s wonderful programs and options for the Emerging Author. Amazon, as I state in my book, is truly the indie author’s best friend in many ways. Here are a few things available to authors and their work via Amazon, now considered a Big Boy Publisher! Make the most of your…

Writer Beware! (Podcast)

There are too many people calling themselves publishers and agents who are just preying on the author’s dreams. Learn what to watch out for and how to avoid the most common scams. Protect yourself and your hard work. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 22 – Writer Beware! Original Blog Post: Writer Beware & Beware: Agents…

Feeling Successful (Podcast)

It is so very important to feel successful along the way. A career as a writer is a long, hard road. Pace yourself. Set benchmark goals along the way, and ensure that you feel successful while you build your author platform and cultivate your networks. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 21 – Feeling Successful. Original…

Give A Little Respect (Podcast)

We’re all colleagues. Whether one is published through a New York Big Boy, self-published, or with a small indie press, we’re all authors trying to get our work in front of an audience and to build an author platform. Show respect to yourself and your colleagues. Play nice. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 20 –…

eBook & eReader Sales (Podcast)

eBooks sales have surpassed both paperback and hardback combined. eReader sales are increasing, and with the new low-priced Kindle (with some bloggers predicting they’ll soon be free), eBooks are the emerging authors greatest chance to find new readers. Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 19 – eBook & eReader Sales. Original Blog Posts: Percentage of eReaders…