An Interview with Larry D. Thompson, Author of White Witch

Larry D. Thompson is the author of White Witch. Jamaica is a place where the surreal is simply everyday reality. When a ruthless American aluminum company plans to strip mine the Jamaican rainforest, they send former Navy SEAL Will Taylor to Montego Bay to deal with local resistance on their behalf. But he’s unaware that …

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Indie Authors: Writing and Publishing Tools

It seems that every day I come across a new site or tool that can help with writing, editing, promoting, or pretty much any stage in the publishing process. (The Book Designer has a great article explaining why authors should embrace new technologies.) Here are links to a few of the best ones: Writing Citation …

Indie Authors: Marketing Books by Collaborating

Marketing in teams often pays off more than marketing by yourself. Author assistant Kate Tilton and many others, including S.R. Johannes have advocated street teams, which involves getting fans to rally and support a book. But there are also some clever ways to form groups among authors who write in your genre. Jason Kong wrote on …

Indie Authors: Building Your Brand and Writer Platform

To be a successful indie author, you need to have a brand / writer platform. At first, this may sound like a daunting task. And yes, it is a lot of work. But I've found that it helps to outline goals, and then break down your plan into small steps that you can easily do …

The Overlap of Games and Books

Games and books have a lot in common, especially when it comes to the publishing process. There's also a lot of cool overlap. After all, most games have full narrative stories. And those stories are written by professional writers. Now, game writers can win a Nebula award, from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, …

Genres in Publishing

There's a lot going on in publishing. One really interesting thing to watch is what's happening in different genres. Usually, I think the term "genre" here refers to the big three: romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and maybe thriller/crime. But there's so much more to it. BookNet Canada has been studying popular genres and releasing reports. One report …

Ebook Review: Apocalypse, Diary of a Survivor

Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor by Matt Pike “I guess it was inevitable – the end of the world we know – the end of humanity. Finding out early was a gift, surviving impact night was a miracle, living to tell the tale, well, that was the price I will pay, forever. There’s no going …

Guest Post: Social Commerce For Indie Authors

By Josh Wardini Regardless of whether you are writing about your own blog or as a freelancer, we recommend joining all social media platforms. Even if you don’t plan on using them right away. It’s also important in case you want to have a good username when you do decide to use a platform. But …

Artificial Intelligence and Publishing

Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining steam, and there are lots of really interesting experiments and initiatives happening. One example is using AI to get an idea of a book's market potential. Enter Booxy, which analyzes "a book to generate comps (comparable titles) and predict reader experience," according to Huffington Post. It uses natural language processing …