Valhalla Renaissance Faire

  Ethan and I have the great joy of being part of the 22nd Annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire this year in South Lake Tahoe. We’ve been trying to get into this faire for years, so we’re super excited about it. Look for our booth, then come in and say hello! We’ll be doing live demonstrations…

Review: “The best book ever made.”

Hyperbole. I use it often for emphasis, especially when overwhelmed with joy or another passionate emotion, so I deeply appreciate this glowing 5-star review by reader K. A. Schaefer for the 5th book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series: SPIRIT OF THE OTHERWORLD. Awesome! The best book ever made. The ending is the…

Last Chance Offer for SPIRIT

Between now and Thursday, February 6th at 11:59pm PST, you can get all five author-signed books for just $70 (including shipping). That’s over a $20 savings! Hurry…offer ends in two short days. —-> BUY ALL FIVE ROWAN OF THE WOOD BOOKS NOW <—– Remember, very soon, you’ll only be able to get author-signed books at…

Elimination Diet: Day 20

So. This is what I’ve learned so far from the elimination diet: I have an intolerance to food. All food. Every bit of it, and I haven’t even re-introduced dairy, wheat, gluten, or yeast, yet. Everything from plain quinoa to organic rice cakes to winter squash. Although some symptoms have lessened, most haven’t. None have…

O. M. Grey Talks Four-Fold Twitter Approach

My alter-ego, O. M. Grey, wrote a post for Erotic Romance Publishers on my Four-Fold Twitter approach. Here’s an excerpt: Sex sells. At least that’s what we hear over and over again, and it does to an extent. Erotica sells quite well to a specific audience, but then mystery sells well to a specific audience,…

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…

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…

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,…