The follow up to last week’s discussion on creating audio books.Read More
Creating an audiobook has been both easier and harder than I thought it would be. There's a lot more that goes into it than simply sitting and reading into a microphone. There's the timing and rhythm of your reading, as well as the possibility of a flub. Nothing that can't be fixed or overcome, but there are a million possible pitfalls that can hold your work up. Hopefully I can help you avoid a few.Read More
I’m reading your short stories. . .and they’re giving me chills!Read More
I think I'm going to go on a bit of a spiel right now. I just can't control my views on this anymore, because I'm tired of this argument. Whether or not you are a professional writer shouldn't be determined by whether or not you are published. In this day and age, the gatekeepers are gone, and the heathens are just as published as traditional authors. Some of us are proving even more prolific.Read More
In truth this is where I feel books take the most shape. Editing takes our rough, flawed work and polishes it to a beautiful shine. I mean, I may be editing on a budget, and my works are probably still riddled with errors, but I've learned there are always dust bunnies in even the most well written works. Even those with thousands of dollars in editing done to them have something that could be improved. Could you imagine a world with no editing?Read More
I have an advantage when it comes to writing gore. Not only did I grow up imbibing horror movies and books, watching the monsters paint the walls red with blood, but I worked in the medical field. You see a lot of blood when you work with nurses. I really believe this up close and personal look at our bodies has made writing gore that much easier. We are nothing but bags of meat and liquid, and having a front row seat to blood, it becomes easier to talk and write about.Read More
You’d be surprised how many times people ask me this question. When people find out the kind of things I write about, they inevitably ask me this at least once. I usually make a joke, something about needing to buy a pig farm for people who ask too many questions, but I’ve never seriously thought about it. That is until the other day when one of the other mods suggested it as a topic. I've been thinking about it for three days solid, trying to figure out if there is a way to not leave similar footprints as someone looking to commit a murder.Read More
This has become an interesting question to me lately. For whatever reason, I've decided to slow down my planned release dates for several books I would say are “done” in order to get some distance and time away from them. As I come back and read the stories, I find myself slipping quite easily into the worlds inside my head. Sometimes it takes my wife several attempts to draw my attention away from whatever I'm writing and back to reality.Read More
Everyone seems to equate marketing with social media. That goes double for authors. Step one: Write a book. Step two: Publish said book. Step three: Push your book and sage wisdom via social media!
So why all the hype? Is it really worth it? If so, what's the first step? How can you make it work for you?Read More
How do you decide what should go on your book cover?
In truth, this is one of the hardest decisions and varies from book to book. I'll attempt to help guide you through the process, to hopefully jar something loose if you are struggling. All points expressed are my own opinion, but I would love to hear yours.Read More
A couple of years ago, when I was preparing to release Everyone Dies At The End, I set myself a goal. That goal was to hit 100 reviews on the ARC of it. I spent many months searching for reviewers, I even have a blog about it on Big World Network. This was my way to test a theory that I have heard parroted, that a book with a lot of reviews will sell better. I've heard this quote from hundreds of authors, but only those who complained about struggling sales.
Now a couple of years have passed, the slacker life is difficult, and I realized that I didn't do a follow-up post. I thought today would be a perfect day to share my thoughts.Read More
Any professional has setbacks, frustrations and obstacles that get in the way of reaching their goals. That is particularly true for writers because of the personal nature of the writing process. The more effective you are in dealing effectively with obstacles and difficulties, the more work you will get done.Read More
There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating a new character. That's probably why it's my favorite time. There are endless decisions to start it off, before you even think about the character itself.Read More
Music, and noise in general, are an integral part of our society. Music is something that helps us to break down barriers, and help us connect with one another.
I've asked the SIA moderators to share the music they listen to while writing, in order to maybe introduce you to an artist that helps you at a later date.Read More
Why do ideas flood me whenever I'm working on a project? I can't be the only one who experiences this phenomenon. Whenever I'm writing my brain seems to kick into overdrive. Before I know it, my mind is pulled off track as a new pressing idea shoves its way to the forefront of my thoughts. I blame it on my ADD, that part of me that begs for distraction.
The problem is, some of them are really good ideas! Today I'm going to discuss your options, and how to organize your ideas for future projects.Read More
The most powerful resource I have found for creating an ability to manage one’s own time is in Stephen Covey’s international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His 4-quadrant time management model is elegant in its simplicity and powerful in how it helps one organize their time. The model was so popular that he wrote a follow-up book with two other authors titled First Things First which was also a best seller that primarily dealt with how to manage one’s time.Read More
I'm used to living the slacker life. I prefer things on the quiet side, and I love it that way. I don't have kids, no little Riley running around causing hell. I have two cats, but they are sweet and easy to take care of. And my wife is a wonderful independent woman who gives me plenty of time to pursue my favorite interests, such as writing. My life is pretty easy to enjoy, and I find myself with a lot of free time.Read More
Right now we are going to focus on when you have time, but not the mood. For all that our little fantasies are fun to write, sometimes putting words to page is more like a chore than the escape it's meant to be. You look at the screen and all you see is the hard work that lays before you.
So how do you get yourself in the mood? When you have time to write, and nothing stopping you but your own motivation, how do you find it?Read More
The idea that magic in fiction might possess or need a ‘system’ was nonexistent to me when I first read my favourites as a boy in the early 1990s.
Magic was but a component to the awe and wonder within the stories. I didn’t need to know how magic worked, only that magic worked. I never questioned it and certainly wouldn’t have wanted to. Gandalf, for instance, simply wouldn’t have been the same figure of mystery and power if I knew the way his magic functioned.Read More
A Colorado native, I am a professional hydrogeologist and #1 Denver Post bestselling, award-winning historical fiction author. My most recent books include my pirate novel Blackbeard: The Birth of America, my World War Two Series (Bodyguard of Deception, Altar of Resistance, and Spies of the Midnight Sun coming in June 2018), and the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series (The Devil’s Brigade, The Coalition, and The Fourth Pularchek).Read More