Archive for June, 2011

Book Review – Dollars & Sense

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

I was offered the chance to review an advance copy of this new book by Indie Book Collective (@IndieBookIBC) founders Carolyn McCray (@CraftyCMC), Rachel Thompson (@RachelintheOC) and Amber Scott (@AmberScottbooks). It purports to be a “Definitive Guide to Self-publishing Success” with a detailed roadmap to increased success in independent publishing. Based on my limited experience in the Indie Publishing realm, it definitely delivers. What does it have that other books lack? Style, topicality, and technique.


On the Etiquette of Hashtags

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

I read a blog post recently by a member of one the writers’ groups I frequent ( that harshly criticized the practice of using Twitter shotgun hashtags such as #FF (FollowFriday), #MM (MentionMonday), #WW (WriterWednesday) to try and build a reader base/platform. On one level, I can see his point, that often these tags are used by people to just blast out a list of @names, in hopes that some of them will stick by association. The system is certainly open to abuse, as we troll for followers among the relatively small community of writers, and I admit that I have been guilty of this myself. I claim naïveté. However, I disagree with his conclusions that we should avoid the wide net in favor of more targeted pursuit of the elusive follower.

I thought the purpose of twitter was to foster interconnections that you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of, and then build on that. (more…)

Story Engineering

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

I just finished Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. This is a relatively concise book on the essential elements of writing craft and structure. I read about a third of it on a two and a half hour flight, and immediately picked it up again after I got home to finish it. By distilling down the required components of effective storytelling to six skills and nine plot milestones, he provides a blueprint which can serve as a guide to design a story of any genre. I found this book to be helpful and refreshingly direct. Some elements of his theories about story architecture I had seen before, but his explanations of the character and function of those structural motifs were quite enlightening. (more…)

Writing Fiction for Dummies

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

This is a followup to my post of May 21, 2011.  I finished reading Ingermanson and Economy’s Writing Fiction for Dummies this week.  As much as I was leery of reading a Dummies book when it was recommended to me, I found this to be an excellent review of the basic structural elements of storytelling for the novel format.  (more…)

Sunset Video Trailer

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

A cool new video trailer for my first book, Sunset, is now posted online.  You can check it out here:

I think it turned out very well.

If it piques your interest, head over to the BUY THE BOOKS page on the website and pick up a copy.  You can even read a sample in the Kindle Store.

Alternatively, if you’d be interested in a reviewer copy, send me a message via the CONTACT form.


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Labor Value vs. Market Value

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

While exchanging emails with the successful independent authors who managed the Blog Tour de Troops, I read one bit of advice that particularly interested me. The author essentially stated that today’s writers need to disconnect from pricing their works according to how much effort went into them, and focus on pricing to make sales.

What a concept!


Moonlight Release

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

As we head into June, keep your eyes open for the wide release of Moonlight.  The Smashwords edition is available now, and the print edition will be available in late June, along with additional ebook editions for, iBookstore, Sony Reader Store, Kobo, etc.

The third book in the Pact Arcanum series opens in 2042, and picks up the story through the eyes of Toby Jameson.

If you are interested in reviewing this book, drop me a line through the CONTACT form, describing yourself and the format you wish to review (Kindle, EPUB).

The rest of this post includes minor spoilers for those who haven’t read Sunset.