Category Writing

The Importance of Good Reviews

Ah reviews! Love them or loathe them – they are important. As a self-published author, there is nothing quite like getting reviewed. Nothing so frightening, and nothing so rewarding. Getting reviewed spontaneously, without asking for it, without paying for it, means someone out there actually took the time to read your work! And not only […]

eBooks and Marketing

Wow, little did I know, when I published my eBook last year, that the work was just beginning! Books – whether in eBook or paper format – do not sell themselves.  (Even to family and friends! … but I digress…) As a self-published author, the challenge of marketing your book, getting it profiled, and getting into […]

Setting the Scene

Settings. They can create, enhance,  deepen, enrich, colour, lead… your story. For some stories, such as historic fiction, the setting is almost a character onto itself. For a writer, the power of observation is key. You may have a scene in your head. One in which your characters will go play. But how do you get that […]

eBook Trailers

I’m noticing something really cool going on in the self-published realm. eBook Trailers. Yes, to be a self-published author is great. No, it’s amazing. But it does take a lot of talent! Not only do you have to be an excellent writer, passionate about the thrills of character details and life background, passionate about sharing […]

eBook Pricing: 0.99c or 2.99c?

The debate continues as we indie authors pave our way on the new eBook highway. How do you price your book? 0.99c or 2.99c or some other price? Though I haven’t compiled a lot of data on this, it seems most of us are going for the 0.99c rate. Are we undervaluing our work? I […]

We are on the Frontier!

I don’t normally do this, but I just receieved an email from Seth Godin. If you are in the self-pub world and you don’t know who Seth Godin is, you ought to at least check out The Domino Project site! I’m thinking that it’s ok to share the email/ blog post directly with you – seeing as […]

A Tribute to Ray Bradbury

One of the most influential, prolific and talented writers of our time.  Ray Bradbury. It’s sad to see him go. But, wow, I’d like to give him thanks for living the way he did! My most memorable influences from Mr. Bradbury came in Grade 9. I recall, rather vividly, sitting in class, as a young […]