Thoughts on Digital Self-Publishing (DSP): Industry Shifts. You Should Too.
As Jenny the Bloggess recently pointed out, there are no “rules” for successful digital self-publishing. Many industries have a proverbial mailroom, a place where you “do your time” while learning the ropes and making connections, providing ambitious/determined/persistent/tenacious individuals a path to the job they actually want. Most professional creative arts don’t have anything as concrete as an actual mailroom – typically, your career begins with some manner of audition, upon which the industry either accepts you or it doesn’t, and if it doesn’t you have to decide whether to try again – but there have always been ways for new artists to boost their chances of breaking in. Musicians can move to Nashville and play coffeeshops. Stage actors can garner credits by working their way up through community theaters and small companies. Artists can gain exposure through local galleries and art shows. Read more...(2070 words, 4 images, estimated 8:17 mins reading time)
Destiny, Brandon, Chris, Michelle, and Sandra enter the town of Jasper Springs, Louisiana on their way to meet some important people out in Atlanta. They are here to stop and get some rest and refuel before continuing on. Read more...(696 words, 2 images, estimated 2:47 mins reading time)
I Confess I Am A Book Lover! Guest Post by Author Rahima Warren
Long! They have to be long. The books I love to read, I mean. And complex. Rich with in-depth characters, interesting dilemmas, and fascinating world building. What kind? Oh, fantasy, of course, maybe a few sci-fi that verge on fantasy, like Sheri S. Tepper’s book, The Family Tree. I love Tepper’s amazing imagination, and her fierce dedication to justice and the Earth. I must have reread her Book of the True Game at least five times already, and it is still on my “keepers” shelf, well, book case, um, book cases. I love a lot of books! And I have been reading F&SF since I could read. Let’s see, that is about five decades, um, six. Read more...(1033 words, 2 images, estimated 4:08 mins reading time)
Today, Just Another Rabid Reader welcomes Janiera Eldridge, author of Soul Sisters. Janiera comes to us with the unique perspective of being both an author AND a review blogger. Negative reviews, criticism and negative press are hot button topics right now for reviewers and authors alike, and I thought it fitting for Janiera to write for us on this topic, since she has the ability to see this from all sides. Without further adieu, here is what she has to say! Read more...(1142 words, 2 images, estimated 4:34 mins reading time)
As children we all grew up wrapped in the world of the fairytale. Its magic was simple, encapsulating all who dipped into the opening paragraphs. Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Grettel; they were and still are the staple tales passed down from parent to child, but these tales are evolving.
Hollywood has embraced this genre and stripped it back to its roots. In today’s movies we see themes reminiscent of the fairytales darker beginnings, stories harking back to the days the Grimm brothers sought them out and captured them in time. These are not for children, there is no guarantee of happy ever after, no definite true love; they are gritty, disturbingly dark and more than ever, broaching on reality. Could it be that our contemporary take on the fairytale is dragging it kicking and screaming further into darkness? Read more...(580 words, estimated 2:19 mins reading time)
As a fantasy writer, I create magic all the time. My characters dive into darkness, challenging monsters, overcoming fears, and mastering their powers.
But what about in real life? How does a writer of magic find the magic in something so benign as doing dishes? Escapism and the willing suspension of disbelief are wonderful tools to let us immerse ourselves in story. Staying in the present is the tool we need to immerse ourselves in our own magical lives. Read more...(998 words, 3 images, estimated 4:0 mins reading time)
Today, Just Another Rabid Reader is visited by Christopher Lynch, author of “One Eyed Jack”.
Below, Please find Mr. Lynch’s thoughts!~
I wrote for twenty years before I really discovered writing. By that, I mean that I was so focused on “making it” by getting a sale and being published, that I left my passion for what I was writing about on the shelf. It was a huge mistake that costs me two decades of work. Read more...(657 words, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer.
Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother. Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her.
Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father’s issue with little more than mild alarm. Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor. Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family’s home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance. Read more...(1246 words, 2 images, estimated 4:59 mins reading time)
I had recently had a discussion post up about handling unsolicited reviews, and one of our author friends was kind enough to comment and put together a guest post on the topic. This is something that I feel relates to all of us, and something we all need to consider when looking at our existing review policies and perhaps how we need to adjust them to accommodate for the changes occurring in the publishing industry. It seems that with the change to more independently and self published authors, book bloggers have gone from mere book reviewers to almost a form of publicist for every book that crosses their desk. Lets see what J. Aleksandr Wootton had to say about this topic, and then you can all comment and weigh in on it as well! Read more...(1175 words, estimated 4:42 mins reading time)
Since I published my first novel, The Problem with Power, several people have asked me how to write a novel and get it published. The truth is that I’ve written one book in my life, total. I don’t have any brilliant insights, and I certainly don’t have any real connections that can make anyone else the next great American novelist. That’s all I can offer is my experience, and whether that’s of any value is up to you. Read more...(612 words, 2 images, estimated 2:27 mins reading time)