After years of miles traveled and pages turned, I'm convinced that there are ways in which reading deepens a vacation -- and deepens the books you read as well.
Summer is usually a sleepy time of the year for the publishing business, but there were several fascinating developments in the world of e-book singles the past three months that were either overlooked or underreported.
I published Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead for a grand total of $125. Yes, my hopeful indie author, it is possible to publish a book for next to nothing.
Certified school librarians are highly trained professionals who impact the entirety of the school community. They have been proven time and again to positively impact student performance. Every child has a right to a school librarian.
While sex and religion both are now acceptable for dinner conversation, imagine a book that would cause a chorus of indignant gasps during the main course. Genesis Deflowered, a new book that smashes sex and religion together, fits that description nicely.
Self-published ebook authors now have a powerful new merchandising tool to make their books more discoverable and desirable to readers: Preorders at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.
John Locke broke an independent publishing record in 2011. He was the first indie author, and only the eighth author ever, to sell more than one million copies of his books on Kindle. How'd he do it?
Unfortunately, though, I began to consider Of Little Faith a first novel that would never be given a chance, and the fire in me to see it get published began to diminish.
Mystery books are great, but I'm talking about the unknown when I start a book or see a movie. I don't need to see a trailer before a movie to sell me on it. Likewise, I don't need to read a review or summary before I start reading a new book. Just a taste will do.
So if we know how to be the masters of time in the novels and stories we create, why not be masters of our career chronology as well? And why not create for ourselves beginnings that bring us the meaning and joy that we're looking for?
They're like the bullies on the playground. Those snot-nosed, mainstream-published authors who think indie writers are not real artists just because they don't have a traditional book deal.
Thousands of dynamic, unsung heroes of the cause are stepping forward and challenging the status quo. They are straight men and women, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals alike, and while their message is unified, their methodology is innovative and unique.
You're currently expected to have a strong presence on Goodreads and anywhere else on-line you can chat with your fans. How long will that be the new "best" way to promote your books?
As the Justice Department's so-called "eBooks" antitrust trial winds down in a Manhattan federal courtroom, it is remarkable how many people have failed to see how easy the case really is.
With the recent prevalence of Kindle, Nook, and other digital reading devices, short fiction has started to return as an acceptable, and salable form, in fact bringing back the form with a power and a popular respectability it has not had for some time.
Perhaps one of the greatest pleasures of summer is lying on a beach or in the grass reading a good book (Kindle, Nook, Tablet, iPad, whatever) that ...