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Indie Publishing: The good, the bad, and the downright hideous

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Featured, General, Writing Tips | 7 comments

Greetings everyone,

This blog post has been a long time coming. Heck, any blogs from me have been a long time coming, but *cough* I digress. This is something that I have been commenting on in various Facebook groups, and quite passionately so.

Let’s discuss publishing, and in this case, indie publishing. Although, truth be told, I’ll be touching on both. I will hold no punches in what I am about to say, so brace yourself… reality is coming.

I’m sure you have all heard of indie publishing. Heck, it’s probably why you’re here right now, right? Because you’re an indie author, an aspiring author, or maybe you’re a traditionally published author, and you’re just curious as to what this post is about. Or maybe you just stumbled here, or like funny animated GIFs. In any case, welcome 🙂

As a side note, there is a really good blog about the ugly truths about book sales, and it follows a traditionally published author. But again, I digress.

Back on topic. Indie publishing is essentially self-publishing, but with less stigma.

We live in a wonderful world of technology, where you can surpass the traditional publishing world to publish your amazing novels that should be best-sellers in the NY Times and take over the world! I mean, it’s the stuff of dreams, right?

Yes, it sure is the stuff made of dreams. So, you can now publish your own book! That manuscript that you slaved over, finished so proudly, and are ready to share with readers world-wide, can now be released!

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Writing Inspiration – Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in Featured, General, Writing Tips | 1 comment

I am penning this article as I have seen some blatantly ridiculous evidence of some indie authors taking something that “inspired” them and turning that inspiration into one of the following categories of books:

1) A “cash in” book on a current trend. ie. The endless vampire teen romance books aimed at targeting Twihards (No offense to Twihards, just an example). This is the least of all evils as although it can be mind numbingly similar, at least it’s not plain plagiarism

2) A “blended” book of two or more movies/books. The awesome idea of grabbing two stories of someone else’s work and combining them into a story of “their own”

3) A “shapesift” book. Taking a well known and successful story, and shapeshifting the main character into someone else, but rewriting the same story as “their own”

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How to stay motivated, keep writing and achieve your goals

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in Featured, Writing Tips | 4 comments

I recently posted about Legacies and what we will leave behind. That leads me to this topic, motivation. If we’re not motivated and driven, how will we achieve anything that we want to leave behind?

One of the hardest disciplines to master is that of motivation and self-discipline. As writers, it is very easy to fall into the trap of “doing it later”, “I will…”, “One day…”, “When I…”

So, how do we get things done? How do we achieve? (I am totally trying not to sound like motivational poster right now…)

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We are not alone: Essential reading for any writer tackling social media

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011 in Featured, General, Writing Tips | 6 comments

I don’t usually write articles about non-fiction books, but in this case… it’s worthy of spreading the word.

Let’s take a quick ride in the mad scientist’s DeLorean and jump back into my history, I wrote and later published my first fantasy novel in November 2009. Not a bad feat by any means, but I then continued to attempt to “promote” it online.

To give you a bit more of an idea about my skillset, I also happen to be an IT professional… which is a great skill to be able to design, customise, and configure my own website. However, I was under a foolish belief that I would somehow be able to achieve great successes online.

Twitter, Facebook, online marketing… can’t be too hard, right? Should be pretty easy to know what to do, right?

Boy was I delusional.

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How to write a book synopsis

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 in Featured, Writing Tips | 5 comments

I remember when I finished the final draft of my manuscript and was ever so excited to be publishing my novel. Like a child on a sugar rush, I felt fantastic!

That was until I got the requirements from my publisher that I need to write a book synopsis. Suddenly without warning, the sugar drained out of me and I was thinking to myself… “How the heck do you write a synopsis?!?”

I did not even know where to begin and I am guessing (as you are here, reading my blog), that you are facing the same scary dilemma.

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How to make a good author’s website

Posted by on Jul 4, 2010 in Featured, General, Writing Tips | 10 comments

I have found that a lot of Author’s are confused or ill informed of how to make a good website to promote their book, themselves, and moving toward new technologies that embrace socialising.

Most of what I have written below is learnings from my skillset, trial and error, feedback, learning from other IT professionals and other authors, and doing a lot of research.

“I just want to sell books through my site” – (many random authors)

It is very important to remember that your website is heavily influencing the perception of you and your work. If your site is horridly disorganised or it looks amateur, anyone will assume that your book is going to be the same.

This may be a hard pill to swallow, but why invest years of hard work into your book, and then put up a website that does not display you and your writing in a good light?

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