According to the date of my last post here, it’s been almost a year since I updated anything. Has it really been that long? With births, pandemics, and a general lack of sleep, time has really flown by. With things finally starting to settle down though, perhaps it’s time I got off my ass.
As people across the country buckle down to weather the Coronavirus, social distancing has proven a difficult thing for many to get used to. People are feeling isolated, and depression is on the rise. To help everyone get past this latest hurdle, many authors and publishers across a variety of media are offering large sales… Continue reading
Smashwords Read an Ebook sale is going on from March 1-7 over at Smashwords.com. Take advantage of huge discounts on the entire Ruu McKinney collection and catch up on some spring reading.
Smashwords.com is running its annual year-end sale, and all of my works are listed for 25-50% off their normal retail prices. Now is an excellent time to get started on the Gemsong Saga series, or to grab the newly released sequel, “A Man Named Zephyr”. Looking for something a bit lighter? My collections of short… Continue reading
It feels like it has been forever since I last sat down and wrote anything. While in reality, it has only been a little over four months, each day has passed both blindingly fast, and excruciatingly slow. Thankfully, my long hiatus is now over. I’m back, and ready to write. I’m out of practice and… Continue reading
Issue 04 of the Candle and Quill is done and ready to release. With the release of this new issue, there are several exciting short stories as well as full-length novel chapters to enjoy.
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
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.
Last week, I talked about the futility of pursuing perfect writing. In that case, the difficult part was knowing when to stop. This week, I’d like to talk about the benefits of editing your book and what your work can tell you about itself. Like any advice however, even the best can prove useless if… Continue reading
Pursuing perfect writing is something I am especially guilty of. Though I may be a repeat offender, I can’t remember ever actually obtaining that perfection. That might be however, because perfect writing isn’t actually a thing.
In-depth World Building is essential to a good story. The deeper and more cohesive the world you build, the more believable the story becomes. What is interesting however, is the unintended effects world building can have on the writing of the story itself.
Self-publishing is far more difficult than people give it credit for being. It is a journey filled with hurdles, and I’m not sure it ever actually ends. It is a lesson in itself, and my experiences writing Gemsong Saga: A Boy Named Zephyr have taught me several invaluable lessons.