Discussion: Word Count VS Word Quality

One of the things I encounter a lot when I'm mentoring, or speaking to new authors, is the question, "What's the average word count for _____?" It's not uncommon for new authors to face this daunting question, then fashion their work according to the rule of "word count". My answer, however, never changes. I tell [...]

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Podcast Interview With Sylvia Stein

Hey guys! Just a quickie. I did a fantastic interview with fellow Author and Podcast Host, Sylvia Stein. We had tons of fun. Have a listen by clicking below! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Happy Dance

I always feel like a newb whenever I see my book cover somewhere and I squeal. The sound is somewhere between a dolphin call and a monkey  screech. But here it is, up on the Horror Writers Association page. That's is probably the closest I'll get to #VinDiesel, too! (I'll take it.) If you would [...]

Hard Knocks

I was lying in bed this morning going through Facebook.  OK, so I'm still lying in bed but now I'm writing.  I'm sort of working now!  What I was seeing, though, made me a little sad.  You see, I'm a writer but I'm also an independent publisher. Which means I help other authors get their [...]

Roller Coaster Muse

I realized that it's almost August and once more life caught up with me. Each time it does, I'm reminded of the Ferris Bueller quote, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Such is the life of an author turned publisher. I wouldn't [...]

Stop Putting Your Books On The Dollar Menu

There's nothing more frustrating than seeing an author in so much angst to get readers, they price all their work for 99 cents.  All of it.  Or they price it for way below market value.  I cannot stress this enough so please pay attention. If you don't put value in your own work, what do [...]

Authors and the Readers: The Bond

Authors have a very personal relationship with readers. It's intimate in the way a love song can produce children whoare conceived to a verse drifting in and out between a couple lulled into a moment bursting with romance (okay-okay, usually angst filled and passionate). It can bring a person to rock bottom, or bring them [...]