Offering Books for Free, with Interview

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It’s a question that often comes up from fans and other writers. “Why do you offer any of your books for free?” I usually give my answers when the question comes up, but one curious reader asked me several questions lately, and I figured that they might make for a good posting on the subject. So here we are.

Free books have flooded the marketplace lately, from Amazon to Barnes and Noble, from iTunes to Kobo. Independent author-publishers are beginning to ...

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Back from the Delta Paranormal Fest

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spectators_2This weekend, I had the pleasure of heading up to Greenville, MS, for the annual Delta Paranormal Project Conference and Paranormal Investigations (or, as commonly called, ‘ghost hunts’). I got into town late Friday night, a result of a little lack of planning and hungry bellies (of my traveling partner and me) in Vicksburg, MS, but I went to the meet and greet and had a blast anyway. ...

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I Got an iPad and Quit My Job, etc.

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All right. Some updates now that I’ve settled in. I have gotten an iPad and a wireless keyboard, linked everything up through Google Docs, and now I’m “technologically advanced,” I suppose. With everything linked up, I can work on any device I have and the updates carry over automatically to everything else.

I have left my job as a dispatcher and have decided not to go back to another 911 center on a full-time basis. So, I’m a full-time writer and ...

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Self-Publishing: Is it a Valid Way to Publish?

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Of all of the questions tossed around in the publishing world, this one, “Is self-publishing valid?”, is posed quite often in any number of writing groups, critique circles, and halls of publishing houses. Often, we are given the views of people who started in traditional publishing and later went to self-publishing. That is all well and good for authors who had already established a readership, for obscurity is the biggest enemy of any writer. However, the viewpoint from someone who ...

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Publishing Services on Indefinite Hold

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I’ve placed the publishing services on indefinite hold for new clients. It was just taking too much time away from my own projects. I have to focus on my own stuff before I can worry about doing formatting for others. So, until further notice (probably March or so), the publishing services branch of my company will be on extended hold.

Also wasn’t able to get anyone trained for the assistant formatter position, so that has been a factor in the decision ...

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Are Unpaid Journalists Destroying Journalism?

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Today, I read an article from Huffington Post posting the question: Are Self-Publishing Authors Killing the Publishing Industry?

The fact that the author of the article is a self-published writing is a little… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

So, let’s get to it:

  • Huffington Post article writers post the content for free. It doesn’t get much more devaluing on the written word than that, right?
  • $0.99 books are probably worth their price. This used to be a price point ...
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The Mages of Bloodmyr – Fourth Novel? Not Exactly.

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I have just seen a new search term, “a mages of bloodmyr novel 4 release date” appear in the tracking tools. Basically, people are getting here by searching for that phrase, so let me answer the question. 🙂 The Mages of Bloodmyr series is complete, but the characters and the world of Bloodmyr will continue forward. My current plans are to continue with a new fantasy series (which is the same world and probably will focus on one of the ...

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A Year and a Half Later: 10,000 Books Sold And Counting

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It’s been a year and a half since I started publishing, and I just did my second or third totalling up of books sold. This time, there’s happy news. My little publishing startup has just passed its 10,000th book sold. Like, passed it yesterday. Here’s the breakdown:

Ebooks – Amazon

Sales by Month (sales – month/year):
18 – 11/10
287 – 12/10
732 – 01/11
1306 – 02/11
929  – 03/11
711 – 04/11
774 – 05/11
758 – 06/11
471 – ...

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Self-Publishing Accomplishments in 2011

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Everyone is winding down (or is that up?) for tax time again, and this has been the first full year I’ve been publishing books. I struggled to write this post, but I decided to go ahead and write it. I’m not posting this information because I want to show off, but I do want to show. Those who know me know that I don’t seek special praise for my accomplishments or little victories. Sure, praise is nice, but I don’t ...

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The Consuls of the Vicariate – Editing Complete

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We have finished sorting through the sea of red marks and alterations, and my editor and I are pleased with the result. “…this book is packed with plot,” she said. It still has to go through proof reading, but we should see a February release in print and eBook. So begins another publishing phase, those rare times that I get to sit back, fiddle with cover art, mess with eBook formatting (and print formatting, too), and all the other little ...

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Author L.C. Evans Passes

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It is with great reverence and sorrow that I share the news of the death of L.C. Evans. A fellow author and kind friend to everyone at Kindle Boards, Linda will be missed. The announcement came from Barbara Silkstone early this morning:

It is with great sorrow that I share  ~ We lost one of our own last night. Our beloved and lovely lady, Linda Evans succumbed to her battle with cancer.

She fought this disease ...

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Another Christmas, Another New Year

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Whew, what a year it has been. A year of good things, a year of bad things, and everything in between. A decision to “restart” myself and my writing (turning the zombie novels loose for free, starting anew with fantasy, for those who haven’t been tuning in).

Thankfully, The Circle of Sorcerers (http://circleofsorcerers.latenitebooks.com) didn’t bomb. If it had, we’d be in a little trouble–no new material for quite some time. But, thankfully, it didn’t. It’s done well enough to ...

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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:

“Self-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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