• This is an updated post from one I wrote on a guest blog six years ago when someone made a comment that anyone not currently raising children couldn’t write children’s books or YA books because they wouldn’t have the right “voice” for it. Of course, I completely disagreed. As I begin writing a Middle Grade book series, I sometimes have people ask me: “Don’t you think you’re too old for that? How do you know what they think or feel?” My answer is I know because I was a child once. The same goes for YA books. I was a
  • man holding book against his chest that says: The Great American Novel. Background words say Don't let FOMO kill your career or stop you from writing
    FOMO is the “fear of losing out”. In the era of social media, advertising, and ease of getting information in front of you, it is easy to FEEL that there is too much you have to do to make it in this world and that the publishing world is changing too fast to stay on top of it. With every new idea, advice, even a post like this one, many writers think they are doing something wrong. If they could only spend more time, more money, learn faster they would be more successful. Don’t let FOMO kill your creativity, and
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    Recently, someone shared a Substack post titled No One Will Read Your Book (and other truths about publishing)  As you can imagine it got a lot of interaction on the discussion board where it was shared. Very successful writers, average writers, and those who barely make a living all chimed in about how hard it is to be a writer. Of course, I couldn’t pass up a chance to wax philosophically, too. I’ve been a published author since 1978 when I wrote a Middle Grade chapter book aimed specifically at children who had difficulty reading. I was part of a
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    UPDATE: June 26, 2021 When I wrote this blog back in April I was working on a secret project around this entire NFT option. Specifically, I had been invited to be in the first group of authors to offer a Limited Edition digital NFT Book in a new marketplace that catered to both authors and readers. The first drop of books by fourteen authors happened on June 24th and 25th, 2021. Each author had full control of pricing, what they wanted to offer, how many up to 100, and all copy on the buy page. Most people selected a limited
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    The independent publisher has several possibilities. The one you chose depends on your skills, the amount of work you want to do with the process, and the money you wish to spend. Im going to break this into two sections: 1)Narration;  and 2) Distribution. In a later post I’ll talk about Marketing. NARRATION You can narrate your own book. If you have an interest in this, I would highly recommend M. L. Buchman’s book Narrate and Record Your Own Audiobook: A simplified guide. It clearly explains the audiobook narration world, the choices among distributors, and the equipment, acumen, and time you
  • two street signs, one pointing left with the word "original." The other pointing right with the word "copy."
    “Some has stolen my story!” is something I hear frequently from new authors who obsess over whether to submit to literary contests before a book is published. Or they obsess over whether to submit to Netgalley or send ARCs to potential reviewers. If those decisions aren’t enough, they also worry about all the pirate sites that have their book and the money they are losing because of those downloads. Less frequently, but still enough to take notice,  are authors who find a book selling better than theirs that looks and feels really close to one they’ve written. Obviously, it must