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…

A Birthday Treat for OMGrey!

As some of you know, I also write under the pen name O. M. Grey. As Olivia, I’ve gathered many readers because of my candid relationship essays and podcast as well as my erotic fiction. Throughout each week I get several emails as well as comments on my blog posts from readers who enjoy my…

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…

Emerging Author Spotlight: Ian Fydell

(The following is a guest post by Emerging Author Ian Fydell) How many of you have ever looked up at the stars and wondered what’s out there? I bet many of you have. When I was seven years old my parents took me to see a movie some of you may know. It was a…

Guest Post: A Review of The Top 3 Comments Systems

One of the single best things about creating a blog is that when you’re interacting with users properly you’re creating dynamic and fresh content. A perfect example of this is when you create a piece of content for your blog which creates a lot of feedback in the form of comments from your readers. How…

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…

10 Bad Twitter Practices

Last week I came upon this awesome article thanks to my dear friend Dr. Q. And I couldn’t agree more with almost everything she has to say. For those of you who follow me, you know I’m a pretty heavy Twitter user. I tweet, both live and automated, throughout the day. I have met friends…

Kindle Indie Bookstore

A few months ago, Amazon announced the Kindle Indie Bookstore, a place where emerging authors and their books are showcased by Amazon, giving them higher visibility for potential readers. Awesome, if you’re chosen. Currently, there is no submission process, and Amazon chooses these showcased authors by “a combination of automated techniques and editorial activities to…

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 –…

Kindle Singles

As I predicted over two years ago, eBooks will bring readers a resurgence of short fiction. It’s now more accessible. eZines and eReaders have given authors more markets for their short stories, and with the too-busy lifestyle in this culture, short stories provide a quick lunchtime reading escape. It’s a match made in cyberspace. Amazon,…