My free zombie short, 30 Minute Plan just received its 50th review on Amazon. I wrote this short as a means of testing out the self-publishing waters back in 2011 and have gotten a full range of reviews. But I’m happy that at least fifty people thought enough to write a review of it and I hope this ball keeps rolling.
As an aside, I have been giving more thought to a prequel. Not much to say about it except it would explore Danton’s not-so-humble beginnings in prison.
If you liked this tale, why not check out some of my other zombie stories, like Fleshbags, The Zombie Show, or I, Keveny? Yes, that’s a zombie story too.
Even though I’m looking forward to speaking at the Bloomfield Township Public Library’s ‘Beneath the Surface‘ event on July 11, I’m a little worried. It’s really the first I’ve ever done anything like this and I’m not sure exactly what to do. I mean, by the time I’m there I will have already taught my first class on e-publishing at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. But that’s different- I have a definite itinerary and know my subject matter inside and out.
I’m just wondering what to say about being a horror writer. I’ll give my credentials and how I became a fan of the genre, but how in-depth should I get? Do I talk about blood and gore? About the constant feel of something just outside of eye’s reach? About something hungry and decidedly non-human coming up the basement stairs?
I’ll probably read an excerpt from my latest upcoming work. Maybe I’ll field some questions too. Hopefully, there will be an aspiring writer or two in the audience. I’m still looking for more libraries to visit, though, and hopefully, this will be the first of many.
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I read the article on David Mamet and untended to write a list on it, but this is so much more succinct than what I was planning.
Originally posted on David Gaughran:
I was at the London Book Fair last week – and I’ll be blogging about that soon – when the news broke that David Mamet is to self-publish his next book.
His reasons? “Publishing is like Hollywood—nobody ever does the marketing they promise.”
While I think it’s great that someone as high-profile as David Mamet is self-publishing, I was very disappointed to find out the way he’s doing it.
Self-publishing is big business. By my estimates, self-publishers have captured 25% of the US ebook market. It can be lucrative on the individual author level too, with writers getting up to 70% royalties if they publish themselves.
The reason why those percentages are so high is that self-publishing allows you to bypass the traditional middlemen (agents, publishers, distributors) who each took their own slice of the pie before the author saw any money.
Literary agents in particular must be worried…
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I have been invited to speak at the Bloomfield Township Public Library in Oakland County, Michigan as part of their Beneath the Surface series. I’m still waiting on a few details, but I should be there July 11, at 7:00 discussing what it’s like to be a horror author. I may try to shore up something new and do a small reading- maybe I’ll read from something older too. But join me!
And while you’re at it, join the group for my new book, How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook the Easy Way!