Issue 03 of the Candle and Quill is complete and ready for release. Current Patrons can expect to receive their copies within the next week, while non-patrons can look forward to it on Smashwords before the end of January. Becoming a patron is a great way to get advanced access to each new issue. If… Continue reading
Goodreads Giveaways have always been a useful tool for new and independent authors in need of exposure. I have used them several times in the past to promote my book “A Boy Named Zephyr“, and I had planned to use them to help promote the release of its upcoming sequel, “A Man Named Zephyr”. Those… Continue reading
Issue 02 of the Candle and Quill has just been completed. Patrons can expect to receive their copies around the first week of December. If you’re not already a Patron, you still have a couple of days, but time is running out. Issue 02 of the Candle and Quill continues the story of the Serpent’s… Continue reading
Issue 01 of the Candle and Quill is now complete and ready to ship. While it’s not too late to become a patron and nab yourself a copy of issue 01, time is running out!
Starting in October, I am embarking on a new project intended to expand both my writing, and my visibility. This project will be posted on Patreon, and takes the form of a small, monthly, writing collection.
While a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet, the same rarely holds true for a poorly named character. A name is not just an identifier. A meaningful name can give insight into not only the character’s role and personality, but also the culture of their world and their origins.
My wife and I recently paid a visit to a new bookstore in Russellville called Dog Ear Books. It is a nice place with a great atmosphere and a good selection. After only a few minutes inside however, I found myself looking at the countless books around me from a new author’s perspective. The experience… Continue reading
Editing a book is a difficult job, especially if you’re doing it yourself. No matter how closely you pay attention, and how sharply you focus, as the hundreds of pages go by, things slip through. Below are three tips for better editing that have been working well for me.
Marketing a book is far harder than writing it, especially as a new author. Since the release of A Boy Named Zephyr, I have tried several different approaches to marketing. Below are a couple methods that are cheap and easy to get started with, and have worked decently for me as a new author.
Continuing with the theme of last week’s post, I have been embracing my inopportune inspiration and playing with some old ideas. One idea in particular that I felt had a lot of promise was a story titled “Autumn Leaves”. Below is an excerpt, taken from my 140 character-limited practice sessions from several years ago. I… Continue reading
When I work on a project, my preference is to stay locked onto it until it’s done. It’s when I’m already working on a project however, that I tend to have my best moments of inspiration. Unfortunately, they are rarely related to the what I’m working on. With a minimum of two more books left… Continue reading
To celebrate the great progress I have been making, I would like to offer a sneak preview of the upcoming Gemsong Saga Volume 2: A Man Named Zephyr. The second volume of the series introduces the major players within the Lutian Nobility, and several new factions. Expect a release before the end of the year.