How Amazon Destroyed Publishing. Or Did It?

In my previous post, How Amazon Destroyed Barnes & Noble, I explained how Amazon (alone) could not be held responsible for the bookstore’s troubles. This post addresses another common complaint, that Amazon has destroyed publishing. Again, things are not as...

How Amazon Destroyed Barnes & Noble

I apologize for the click-bait title. I only used it because I’m fed up with that claim, especially now that Barnes & Noble were sold on June 7 to a hedge fund after years of trouble. Everyone seems to be blaming Amazon for that, instead of placing the...

A Heavenly Toasters’ Relaunch

The more observant among you may have noticed that I have been quietly experimenting with the cover of A Heaven for Toasters. I removed the kissing couple and used a single man, curious to see if that would make any difference to sales. To my surprise, it did, albeit...

Period Images

I have been sharing information on various resources for book covers lately, for example with my posts on Free Transparent Logos and Images and A Free Mockup Book Cover Maker. I recently came across a website which has some great material for authors of fantasy,...

Good Luck With That

I remember having a dialogue with a writer friend a few years ago. She was chastising me for stressing the importance of luck in publishing. Her argument was that, if you work hard enough, you’re bound to succeed. At the time, I was wondering if she was right...

6 Tips for Adding Life to Your Locations

One of my favorite writing resources, Mythic Scribes, recently shared some great tips on using your locations to bring your story to life. Here is my summary. As always, you are encouraged to check out the original post for more. The whole point they are making is...

Writing and Alcohol

There seems to be an unwritten rule that writers have to be heavy drinkers, too. Hemingway, Joyce, Truman Capote, Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Bukowski… the list goes on. Some cheerily accepted their dependency, arguing that alcohol fueled their...

Of Father’s Day and Summer Hampers

Summer’s finally here and Father’s Day is right around the corner. Which means… plenty of giveaways and free books! One Heart for You Marina Gioti’s One Heart for You is written by a daughter and addressed to her father, the first love of her...

Discovered: A rare Revolutionary War-era newspaper

Fans of books and writing will be thrilled to learn of this rare find: a newspaper published on December 28, 1774, accidentally discovered in a New Jersey Goodwill facility! As The Washington Post reports, Mike Storms was walking among the crowded shelves of the New...

Is This SF/Fantasy’s Big Moment?

While Game of Thrones is finally over, another war is raging unabated: the one between premium television networks, seeking a new show to rule the world “Thrones” created. As The Washington Post reports, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, and Showtime have all been feverishly...