Monthly Archives: March 2011

Once upon a time, convenience stores offered few choices of beverages for the thirsty traveler – hot coffee or cold soda or beer. Now you walk into a mini-mart and you can choose from an array of different coffees, hot and iced, sodas, waters, juices, frozen drinks, etc. When these alternatives first came on the market, they were from companies we probably never heard of. We gave them a shot and discovered new favorites. Same with music. There used to be a time you walked into a record store and your choices were limited to what the store’s buyer decided … Continue reading


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The debate between indie and traditional (trad) publishing has heated recently and it’s created a lot of animosity that I just don’t understand. I feel like a divide has been growing – Team Indie vs. Team Trad. And before I delve into this, I feel the need to say that just because I’m happy to be Indie and I do things like Indie Authors Relief Fund, doesn’t mean that I’m all “GO TEAM INDIE!” That I think every writer should be indie and you’re stupid for not doing it my way. I do support my fellow indies. I think it’s … Continue reading


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In case you didn’t know, I’ve been spending the last several days creating and managing the Indie Authors Relief Fund to aid the people of Japan. It’s been a crazy few days and I’m just blown away by all the indie authors who want to help. But besides authors, others have joined in and if you’re a writer, you shouldn’t miss these particular auctions. Check them out and if something piques your interest, please bid. All proceeds go to Red Cross International for their relief efforts in Japan. #17: Professional Membership in Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN)   … Continue reading


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(ATTN Writers: I have a list of author services, including critiques by agent interns and freelance editors over at the “other” blog.) For some reason, it wasn’t until I became an author that I became interested in collecting signed books. Maybe it’s the personal connection I feel to the author, even if I wasn’t actually there when they signed. But most of mine, really, were signed specifically for me and those will be the books I cherish forever. I’ve met these authors or, at least, chatted with them online. They may not all be uber-famous or NYT bestsellers, but I … Continue reading


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In case you don’t know me on Facebook or Twitter, my last few days have been spent putting up auctions for the Indie Authors Relief Fund to benefit Red Cross International’s relief efforts for Japan. If you do know me in those places, sorry if I’ve worn you out with all the feeds. We have over 60 items up for bid!!! You should check them out. I know there are some authors and books over there that you would love. How do I know? Because there’s something for everyone. Seriously. Check it out. Also because if you like paranormal, urban … Continue reading


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