Monthly Archives: May 2013

Workshop!

So I just heard back from the Clinton-Macomb Library.  They will be waiting for me with a projector to present to the group.  Now I’m getting nervous.  Apparently, there are 20 people signed up for the class.  I’m excited!  If you haven’t gotten your copy of How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! yet, here’s the Amazon link: http://amzn.to/153bfK3.  It’s also available on Smashwords, Nook, and Amazon UK.

 

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Finished!

It is done. Sometime tomorrow How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook the Easy Way! goes live. Thank you all for joining me but it’s not done yet! Wednesday, I should be on WROM radio (still waiting on a few details) and Friday I should be on a podcast in the afternoon and on Zombiepalooza Radio Dead Again at night. I WILL be giving away a few copies on each show so stay tuned.

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How to Find Places to Submit Your Work

Every author who has something to say needs a proper venue to say it.  When I first started writing with the intention to publish, the only places I knew of were Cemetery Dance and Asimov’s Science Fiction.  Since I’m not really a sci-fi writer I went with CD and after a grueling, 9 month process, finally got a generic rejection letter in the mail.

What could I have done differently?  Had I known at the time about websites like Duotrope I would have found many more horror publishers, many of which allow dual submissions (Cemetery Dance at the time did not).  But after finding the site several years later, I actually was able to locate many publishers, on-line and in-print, who eventually published my work, including the now defunct Alien Skin Magazine that actually took the care to tell me exactly what was wrong with a submission so I could correct it and resubmit.  It’s also the site I used to find the publisher for The Ghost Toucher

But now Duotrope has turned into a pay site and if you’re a newbie author like I was, it could be discouraging to have to pay for something you want to eventually make money from.  But don’t fret, there are still plenty of places you can look up that provide the same service as Duotrope for free.  I didn’t look these up myself, just passing along info I found through a quick Google search.  If you’re where I was 10+ years ago, by all means make use of that link.  Oh, and happy Memorial Day!

Don’t forget: How to Publish on Kindle, Smashwords, & Nook the Easy Way! will be out this Tuesday.  Join the FB page to make sure you don’t miss out on the updates.

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The Book Promotion Checklist for Indie Authors

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/05/a-checklist-of-basic-promotion-materials-for-indie-authors/?utm_campaign=BB1321&utm_source=BBeNews&utm_medium=Email

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Nominations for Third Annual Critics Choice Television Awards Announced Including ‘The Big Bang Theory’ & ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/05/23/nominations-for-third-annual-critics-choice-television-awards-announced-including-the-big-bang-theory-american-horror-story-asylum/183998/

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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: 17 Steps to a Reader-Grabbing Title

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/05/17-steps-to-reader-grabbing-title.html?m=1

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#TheWalkingDead Newsletter

 

 
 
May 20, 2013 Dispatches From the Set - John Sanders (Props Master)
Dispatches From the Set – John Sanders (Props Master)

The Walking Dead’s Props Master John Sanders talks about the strangest items he’s found for the show and the new method of killing walkers that he’s got in store for Season 4.

Q: As the guy in charge of all the props, what are some staples that bear your mark?

A: The new crossbow for Daryl — I altered that one for the show. I took Norman [Reedus] to a bow range for him to shoot. I was kind of showing off with the guys there, and I was showing him some of the top-end crossbows. I let him shoot the Stryker 380, and once he shot that he had me take pictures of him and had me send them to the producers, and immediately it got in the works that we wanted him to have it. Michonne’s sword I actually helped design between Season 2 and Season 3. I used some friends of mine at United Cutlery to help me. I knew it was a huge piece in the show, so I wanted to make something really iconic and add some elements that are really closer to my heart. The triple goddess and the trinity of life; those things are important to me in my life, and close to my wife.

Q: Do you find the actors getting attached to their character’s weapons?

A: Andy [Lincoln] is very specific about the Python. He wants that gun on him every second of the day, when he can have it. He stays on set most of the time, so we pretty much let him walk around with that gun, and keep that in-character feel all day long. Norman always carries his knife all day long, same thing. And when he has the crossbow or the motorcycle, he likes to be in character, also. Michael Rooker when he died really wanted his bayonet prosthetic. Everybody wants a little memento, especially big character things, but we can’t really let them go.

Q: There are certain situations where you use rubber guns and knives. Does that mean there are particular situations when you use real knives and real guns?

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Who Should be the First Person to Buy Your Book?

That’s the question every author should have an answer to and so should you: it’s you. As soon as your book becomes available you should purchase a copy for a couple reasons. One, because it’s a sale. Not that this should be a business model because being your only customer is a losing proposition. Every sale adds to sales rank and you buying your own eBook gets it off the ground. Books that haven’t had a sale have no rank and thus, are invisible.
But what do people do after they read books they like? They talk about them. In this age, talking also means blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, and any other form of social media, but if you aren’t talking about your book in person you are leaving viable sales potential to fall by the wayside.
People like talking to authors. Even if you don’t write in their genre, being an author still has a mystique to it that people resonate with. Why not use that to talk about your book?
Don’t be obnoxious about it, though. But if you see someone with a book or an ereader ask them what they are reading. This is a good way to start a conversation (but by no means the only one). Writers are naturally introverts and we need to find ways to be a little less humble and a little more conversational about what we’ve written. I got into a conversation with a cashier at a pet food store after seeing she was reading a romance novel. I told her about my first book, The Ghost Toucher, and she said she’d like to buy a copy. I have no idea if she did, but the lady who cut my hair once did. Barbers are always engaging people in conversation and after I told her what I do she asked if I had any copies with me for sale. I just so happened to have a few in my trunk and made a sale right then. That couldn’t have happened if I wasn’t willing to talk about my book!
But what does this have to do with being the first customer, you ask? First customer is more than just the first person to plunk down coin to buy. First customer is a risk-taker, someone who bought without the foreknowledge others will have. It’s a mentality. You have to be the ambassador who brings that book to the world as both author and reader, to be the reason others should follow behind you and buy as well. You have to have the confidence to talk that book up and talk yourself up at the same time.

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Why I’m Moving to #GoogleDrive

When you write all the time, you need to be able to write all the time. 5 years ago it was my Neo, 2 years ago it was my flash drive. Over the last couple months I’ve been experimenting with dictating directly into my phone using the Quickoffice app.
Using this app allowed me to write everywhere without carrying a semi-bulky piece of equipment around or having to wait until I was at a PC before I could write. Okay, a Neo really isn’t bulky- it’s only about 3 pounds. But in this day and age where everything is smaller and faster, anything that doesn’t fit in the palm of your hand that is meant to be on the go is big.
I recently got back into Google Docs which has been rebranded as Google Drive. I used it on a collaborative project that fell through two years ago where I can create a doc on any computer with an internet connection and be able to edit and add to it from anywhere. The programmers were smart by making it as close to MS Word as legally possible so anyone who uses it will instantly be familiar with the format. Now that I have a Kindle and a smartphone, I can use both with Drive as well. My Droid has a specific app and I can use the internet with my Kindle. A truly great feature to Drive is the auto-save feature which updates continually. The drawback to Quickoffice was the app tended to crash unexpectedly (especially when I hadn’t saved in 3 or more paragraphs) and that I could only edit that document on my phone unless I emailed it to myself.
With Drive I can use my phone, Kindle, and PC, which is great because detailed editing just isn’t convenient on my phone. I don’t have to worry about overlapping versions of one document. I even had my phone and my Kindle the other night, working on a doc and what I typed on one, updated to the other.
I’ve downloaded Drive for my phone and PC, but as of yet I have not seen the app for Kindle. There are some editing shortcomings with Kindle, like the inability to bold or italicize text, but hopefully that gets figured out soon (or at least get put in a more conspicuous place).

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Troy Public Library

The date has finally been confirmed!  I will be at the Troy Public Library on July 22nd, showing new writers how to #publish their own work!  Look for more dates soon!  Like, really soon.

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