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NCW Podcast #40 Stars Me! OK, and Others Interested in self-publishing? Tune in to the recent NCW Podcast to hear three shy (cough) and unopinionated (cough) women talk about going the self-publishing route and the choices available. Hosted by Rich Keller of Northern Colorado Writers, the podcast is available from Podomatic, and on iTunes and […]

NCW Podcast Guest Appearance

Can you really say it’s a “podcast guest appearance” even if it’s only audio? The Northern Colorado Writers group, of which I’m a member, produces a regular podcast, the NCW Podcast. Richard Keller, of Wooden Pants Publishing, is the host, and had me in recently to talk about independent publishing, science fiction romance, and my […]

Buy Ebooks at Your Local Independent Bookstore

Now You Can Buy Ebooks AND Support Your Local Independent Bookstore Most people still read paper-based books, but the number of ebooks read is growing every year, and the number of people who say they mostly buy ebooks also growing. I heard a recent statistic that says 75% of book sales are for paper/hardbound. In […]

Author Resources for 2015

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a reader rather than an author, but some of you wear both hats (hi there, welcome the club), or would like to. Since writing is a business, whether you do it independently as I do, or for a publisher, I thought I’d point you to some author resources for […]

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Speaking as a reader, I’d like to make some gentle suggestions for author websites.   Have an Author Website First things first: please have a website. I’m astonished when I run into living, still-active authors who don’t have at least a simple page or blog site, but it happens. Bonus if the website is easy […]

On Cover Design for Fiction Novels, Part 1

This is a two-part post written primarily for other independent authors on cover design for fiction novels, with personal opinions and experience galore. There’s a lot to cover (heh!), so let’s dive right in. Great Cover Design Sells Books Fiction covers, experts will tell you, will make or break a sale before the reader even […]