Indie Author: A Business and Art Balancing Act

When I first started writing, I thought I’d go the traditionally published route. I’d query an agent, sign a contract, and the agent in turn would sell my manuscript. My job was over the moment the art was finished. Sure there’d be rounds of edits, and I’d get to see what cover the art department[…]

Marketing Monday: Swag to Sell Your Books

If you write in a particular genre, that genre usually has conventions. The conventions can range from a small local one of a couple thousand people to tens of thousands (San Diego Comic Con). Newer authors might not be able to afford a table at a con, but there are ways you can market your[…]

Galaxy on Fire: Episode 4 Is Up

Episode Four of Galaxy on Fire is up in this Kindle Vella series. In this episode, Ishankhalit is no longer a young child but a teenaged cadet in training to be an officer. We get a view of Ishankhalit’s frame of mind regarding the empire and her role in it, learn a little more about[…]

Publishing Plans for 2021

Today I wrote “The End” to Warrior Tithe. Or rather, I wrote “To Be Continued.” I’m writing the Faerie Tales series in serial fashion. My plan is to publish each novella every three months, starting in March. Told as a story within a story frame, Warrior Tithe is both a pseudo sequel to Tam Lin:[…]

On Genre: Where Does My Werewolf Story Belong?

Traditionally, a werewolf in a story earned a book a spot on the shelf of the horror section of a bookstore. However, today there are many genres that include supernatural, potentially monstrous creatures that are not inherently cursed or evil. Categorizing a werewolf story is depends on the plot, not the supernatural creature. For example,[…]

Writer Talk: Multiple Projects

Currently I have three documents open: Eastside Faerie, Warrior Tithe, and a new short story called Galactic Emporium of Delight. I’m working my way through, writing a chapter at a time on each. I have no prescheduled time dedicated to any of them. I do, however, have a time I sit down to write every[…]

Struggling with Imposter Syndrome? You’re Not Alone

After dickering around writing and doing nothing with it for years, about five years ago, I decided to take writing seriously. I started attending classes and workshops to improve. I had the audacity to assume that I could put out better work than what was out there. I thought I could be like Toni Morrison[…]

Opening Lines

When I was new to writing, I’d read that an author should make the first line the best. It’s your hook, so make it memorable. Another book said an author should sum up the entirety of their book in the first line. I thought that the second was absurd and you couldn’t possibly do both….then[…]

Reflection Sunday

In my Facebook writers’ group Speculative Twist, I ask my fellow fantasy, science fiction, and horror writers to share with me their writerly wins, setbacks, and plans for the following week. I like to do this because as writers, unless we’re working for a magazine, or on a publisher’s deadline, we don’t get the same[…]