Indie Weekend: The Madness of Method

Indie Weekend: The Madness of Method

2015 was the first year I scheduled. Up to now, I’d always set tasks for myself in the abstract (next on my list, I want to finish A Thing, then write Another Thing when A Thing is done-ish, or when I am sick enough of A Thing to need a break, and if I should...
Indie Weekend: Progress And Process

Indie Weekend: Progress And Process

I’m usually a pretty slow writer. It can take me years, false starts, side tracks, and roundabouts before I figure out a story the way it wants to be told. For the longest time (about 17 years of my writing career), I believed that I was wasting a lot of time....

Indie Weekend: Will O’The Wisp

Indie authors get into this gig because we’ve got something to say. Maybe we have a story to tell, an observation about life that we want to share with others. Some of us just love words. We love stringing them together like lights on a Christmas tree. Some of...

Indie Weekend: The Rules

Just because you’re a Lone Wolf doesn’t mean you don’t have to wag the dawg… Indie authoring has opened up whole new vistas of writing possibility, you’ll hear everyone who has an opinion on it say so. And this is True Facts in the same...

Indie Weekend: Wild Wild West

One of the things going it alone has taught me is the idea of just how important and valuable someone else’s help truly is. When you’re going it alone, you don’t have the (theoretical) resources of a huge publisher to back you up when you wonder if...

Indie Weekend: Push It

As I’ve said, this Indie gig is wild. Seems like some days, everything’s back-asswards, right down to the way you approach your writing. I spent enough time in traditional publishing to see a pretty decent glimpse of how careers work in Trad. If you manage...

Indie Weekend: Factoring In Fear

Being an indie means you can’t hide behind a publisher or an editorial department or an agent. You can’t blame a bad ending on an editor or mediocre sales on a marketing department. You can’t blame your career on a mismanaging agent. You are...

Indie Weekend: Without Anesthesia

Going Indie in publishing is like doing it without a net. What’s “it,” you ask, well, “it” is putting yourself out there, in book form. Every author puts a piece of themselves in their books, and then after that painful surgery of cutting...

Indie Weekend: Doing The Math

When you have complete control over your book’s presence in the market, it’s easy to get caught up with monitoring that presence day and night, every day, by the hour or by the minute, but when you get caught up in the minutes, you forget just how many of...

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