Pre-publication Reviews: Not for Indies?

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With my latest release, I didn’t concern myself much with pre-publication reviews, but I did do them with every release of The Survivor Chronicles. I thought long and hard on the issue, and I decided not to worry about it this time around-instead, I went into overdrive after the release to send out review requests.

Why? I had several thoughts about the issue, and time management, editing to a final manuscript, and time vs. release issues disuaded me from the practice. ...

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Hatchett Publishing Tries to Validate Itself

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A huge legacy publisher. A leaked memo. What does it mean for us? Still, pretty much nothing, but it’ll be fun to poke around and laugh.

So, without further ado, let’s get after it.

Here are the contents of the memo which was circulating around Hatchett, and my comments are in-line:

β€œSelf-publishing” is a misnomer.

Publishing requires a complex series of engagements, both behind the scenes and public facing. Digital distribution (which is what most people mean when they say self-publishing) is just one ...

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The Author Turns 29 Tomorrow

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It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the 29th anniversary of my existence. 30 is only around the corner. πŸ™‚

What do I want for my birthday? Well, if you’re here reading this, you’ve likely already given it: your support. Even though I’d love to hear more from you guys who visit, I know there are lurkers out there who come by regularly and read the posts, check out the books, and enjoy the works. So, my birthday ...

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First Half of A World Forsaken

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Though long overdue, the first half of A World Forsaken is now released for free from this website. Until I can get the page built, here are the links (and you may have to shift + click or right-click and “Save As…” to get them properly):

PDF format: A World Forsaken, Part I of II
MOBI format (for Kindle): A World Forsaken, Part I of II
EPUB
format (for most eReaders): A World Forsaken, Part I of II

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In-Character: Laedron Telpist, The Circle of Sorcerers

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This first In-Character article introduces two things: a new type of article that will be appearing on the website and the main character of the debut novel of my epic fantasy series, The Circle of Sorcerers. These feature articles are designed to explore the characters of the books in a little more detail and in an outside-the-box kind of way. Of course, readers are always welcome and encouraged to participate.

That being said, the sorcerer Laedron Telpist.

The sixteen-year-old ...

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The Circle of Sorcerers Released

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I have finished releasing The Circle of Sorcerers to all retail channels. The print editions will take a little longer to float along the internet stream, but the electronic versions of the book are up at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, and Smashwords should begin distribution to their retail partners (Apple iTunes and others) soon enough.

Excited!

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Mommy, Where Do Zombies Come From?

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I write about zombies, and I’ve found that I don’t talk about them hardly enough. Of course, I’m trying to write the final novel in the series, so there’s precious little time to indulge the blog sometimes. When I have a free minute, I tend to use that for posting tutorials and articles, as well as news and updates about how things are going, but I want to indulge, for a moment, the subject matter of the books: zombies and ...

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eBook Formatter – Free Tool in Beta

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I’ve uploaded a new tool for the other authors out there looking to release their books in electronic format. It is called eBook Formatter.

Formerly known as KindleProcessor, the tool has changed names and been made free to use. Since you can use this tool to format really any kind of manuscript into HTML format and upload it to PubIt! or Kindle Direct Publishing, I decided a more generic name would be better. Oh, and people like “free”, too. So, ...

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Writing for Squidoo

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I’ve been writing for Squidoo for a couple of days, and it really helps me to break writer’s block and get energized for working on the novels. The zombies are coming along at a steady, albeit slow, rate, and I’m deep into editing the fantasy novel.

Anyhow, on Squidoo, I’m writing author help articles, so why not check them out? Here’s a list of Brian Kittrell’s lenses on Squidoo.

Hopefully, I can get the ...

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The Circle of Sorcerers to Release October 26th, 2011

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We have gotten a firm release date of October 15th, 2011, and the book is back with the editor following her first edit and my revisions. Now,we undergo the same process in the second edit, but it should be much faster than the first since we have gone through the whole thing, and the second edit consists primarily of negotiating any other changes not covered in the first edit.

Retailers may list the 25th of September as the release date until ...

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The Circle of Sorcerers in Editing

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The Circle of Sorcerers is in editing, and I’ve set a tentative date of September 25th for release. I should get the book back from Lynn O’Dell sometime this week or maybe next week, and then go through and make revisions as needed. If I’m confident for a September release, I’ll go ahead and begin finalizing everything for the 25th. I think this one can get out the door by October 1st.

A World Forsaken is cranking along as described in ...

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