NPR article about indie publish good, if not a little misleading

Working on my novelNPR published a short piece about the rise of indie publishing. The article highlights two of indie publishing’s giants, Michael Bunker and Hugh Howey.

You can read the article here: NPR Indie Pub

The potential to “make it big” is nice and all, but to me, the real benefit of self-publishing is that you DON”T HAVE to make it big. In self publishing, you bet on yourself – you decide how much money and time you want to put in, and how much you want to get it out. You can aim to be the next Hugh Howey, or you can be happy with 10 sales per year.

With traditional publishing, it’s sink or swim. If your book doesn’t sell, you’re out that advance money, and likely out of a deal. The stakes for my book? I’m out a couple hundred for cover design and editing, if no one buys it (though, happily, some people bought it). I easily spend that on other hobbies (not that I consider writing a hobby).

The point is, I can keep writing whether I have five loyal readers or 5,000. And even if I only have five, I have as much time as I need for those five to become 5,000. There’s no rush. And it’s not a huge deal if it ever happens.

Want a free advanced review copy of Robot Awareness? You got it!

ebook, robot awareness, robot, sci-fiWant a free copy of Robot Awareness, Part II? Great! You’re just one email away from getting an advanced review copy of the next part of this series!

Here’s how it works. Send me an email: dr.applezoid[at], and I will send you a copy of Robot Awareness, Part II before it releases. Free of charge. The beginning of Part II will have an explanation of what happened in the first part of Robot Awareness, but just ask and I will happily send you a copy of Part I as well. Just specify in your email what format you want, or tell me how you plan to read it and I will send you the appropriate format!

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The relatable ‘Working on my Novel’ ebook

Working on my novelThis week in i09, the blog looks at a book of compiled tweets authors such as myself might have typed before and after working on our novels. As i09 put it, the results are sort of funny-sad (and maybe a little dull? From the post:

Working On My Novel is a book by artist Cory Arcangel featuring 127 tweets from authors who are, you guys, seriously so busy working on their novels that they barely have time left over to tweet about their novel-writing process. Which is something I suspect none of us can relate to. Nope. Not at all.

It’s sort of an interesting experiment, but paying more than $10 for some tweets? I mean, you could do a Twitter search and get similar results. And you could continually get different results. On the other hand, there is a sort of artfulness to it.

I guess I can’t decide if it’s an interesting work or a lazy way to make a buck by copying over some tweets. Thoughts?

Loving the response to ‘Why writing every day is bullshit’

I started this website only four months ago, so my traffic hasn’t been terribly high as of yet. But like anything, the key to running successful websites is to stick with it, keep putting in the effort, and the results will come.

I thought when I wrote the post, Why writing every day is bullshit, I thought it would get a response – but I didn’t think it would be positive. I thought I would get flooded with negative comments from those pushing the write every day mantra.

Instead, the opposite happened. It turned out, there were a whole lot of writers sick of hearing this line of bull. Sick of people telling them they’re failures because they’re not writing every single day, not making writing some form of self-inflicted torture. There were a lot of writers who read this post and said “thank you.”

Well, allow me to say that back to you: Thank you.

The post sat without much attention until it was shared by Kelsey Nelson on Twitter. I opened my Twitter account one day to a ton of retweets, favorites and @ replies. The post was viewed nearly 200 times, which has made it my most-viewed post since I started the blog four months ago. Very cool.

More cool is that I was able to reach out to people and assure them that yes, you can still be a writer and only write a few days per week. You can be a writer and only write once per week. As long as you’re happy with the speed of your progress, that’s all that matters.

I hope that you all will continue to follow my blog, and even check out my first book, Robot Awareness, Part I, if you get a chance. And I hope you all will keep writing too.


Time to start revisions on Robot Awareness, Part II ebook

The painful, but necessary process of revising, editing, and tweaking a sci-fi ebook for indie authors

ebook, robot awareness, robot, sci-fiI gave myself a little breather after publishing Robot Awareness Part I. I wrote a short story, Memory Drift, and finished up the rough draft of Part V. That’s right, Part V! That’s how long I’ve been sitting on Robot Awareness before finally publishing the first part.

But now it’s time to get to some editing. This is not my favorite part. Other authors, you know what I’m talking about – tediously going through each sentence, trying to make it into something that reads like a sentence a competent author would write.

If there’s any solace to be had, it’s that every author has to do it. Every writer has to go back through, grimace and hastily written lines, wonder “God, am I really this bad?” and “Oh man, that’s just awful.” Unless you’re one of those rare writers who just spins out genius wordsmithery like the sun its warm rays. But most of us, including the best writers in the business, have to trudge through our work over and over before it becomes decent, let alone good.

And so it begins: The painful but informative process of revisions. At least I have a vacation from work to get started!

Robot Awareness sci-fi ebook is now out on iBooks

ipad, ibooks, ebook, robot awarenessAfter a long wait, it’s here at last: Robot Awareness is now out on iBooks!

Lest you think this was an easy task, I assure you it was anything but. To put the book on iBooks, I waited through the long and agonizing Lulu approval process. I first submitted my book to Lulu in May, and it wasn’t until this week (late June) that it was finally approved. In the meantime, I submitted my book to Kindle and Kobo and it was up within a matter of days (hours in the case of Kindle).

iBooks doesn’t make it as easy though, but no matter – it is here for those of you waiting for the iBooks release. Just get out those iPads and search “Robot Awarness.” Enjoy!

Why writing every day is bullshit

writing advice, burnout, indie publishingI’m sure I’m going to get a lot of flack for this one. I don’t care. There’s something I see being posted a lot, and it ticks me off. So I have no problem sounding off on the topic.

Write every day. Every single day. You will not be a success if you don’t write every day. You will fail. Just do it. Write every day. Do it.


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