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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Guest Post – Eric Zawadzki and Kingmaker

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Today, we have a guest post from Eric Zawadzki, author of Kingmaker. Take it away, Eric!

Origin Stories

I first want to thank Brian for hosting us on his blog. He was one of the first people to welcome me to Kindleboards almost a year ago. At the time, he shared a bit about how he started writing – a topic that has always fascinated me. These tales are like superhero origin stories, “how I met my spouse” stories, or any other ...

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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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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. 🙂

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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