Experimental Books

Sometimes you have to experiment a little. So that's what this is. Earlier this month I launched Fantasy Treehouse Art & Architecture, which is an art book, a coloring book, a design idea book... and it's got fairies. I had a lot of fun putting the project together, but ultimately? It's a very niche book,... Continue Reading →

Life of an Indie Author

I've restarted the weekly live chats, and I am contemplating doing readings. Not live readings, but prerecorded teasers of older works, or upcoming ones. I have no idea whether either of those will lead to sales, but that's really not the point of the weekly chats. My son, who has been trying to help me... Continue Reading →

Wagging the Tail

Sarah talked earlier this week about docking the tail of the writer. The long tail - the backlist of your books, that in theory will continue to sell forever, in the current publishing world - is something that as a writer, I intend to cultivate. For one thing, I don't have a huge fanbase. So... Continue Reading →

Questions, questions

If rising carbon dioxide levels doom the planet to destruction, and fighting “climate change” is the moral equivalent of war, why isn’t anybody talking about nuking China? When did Marseilles become Marseille, and what did they do with the s? Can anybody tell me how to fiddle a browser so that a blog that normally... Continue Reading →

Entwined Series

What do you do when two series decide to get friendly with each other? One of the problems with spending January wrestling alligators instead of writing is that it left my muse free to plot in the shadows… and she has a nasty sense of humor. A month ago everything was nice and straightforward. I... Continue Reading →

About those Kindle categories

A week ago I finished the first draft of what I’m provisionally calling A Trail of Dragon Scales, and this time I’m doing something a little bit different after that. The first couple of days went as usual: a euphoric sense of accomplishment, slight mystification about why nobody is having a parade for such a... Continue Reading →

The 80/20 Rule

I think most of us are familiar with the eponymous rule, so often cited in business. My take on it is something along the lines of 80 percent of the effort makes 20 percent of the work get done... anyway, I saw it cited in a Goodreads article that drew me in with the title,... Continue Reading →


Innovation Telling stories around the campfire. Plays and puppet shows. Scrolls. Books. Movies . . . The only thing that changes is the technology. A the bottom is still an enjoyable story. Or not. Some things do fizzle, after all. Right now we—both writers and readers—are in the middle of two major changes. Ebooks are... Continue Reading →

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