Why be a Writer?

There is a dichotomy in the brain of every writer: I need to believe in myself to even publish my work anywhere in the world, but for quality’s sake, I really need to develop quality self-criticism. So we have a possible over-confidence or over-positive view vs a negative mindset that questions every word produced. So […]

Divide the Task, Double the Success

One of our members poured her heart out to Tom and me the other day. The task of marketing can be a great chasm that swallows you, and the struggle for success in selling books is draining. Jann Martin’s post struck such a chord with me, I’m sharing it with you with her permission. Are […]

The Artful Scam… Not!

by Gina Burgess Most scams that authors and writers face are as old as Methuselah. A scam may have been updated to this digital age, but the con’s premise is the same. I know we talked about literary agents and their worth a few weeks ago, but there are some scams that authors and writers […]

Stuck in a Rut?

by Gina Burgess Sure. We’ve all been stuck in a rut at some point in our life. It’s similar to being stuck in traffic. Oh, my goodness, 7:30 am on Interstate 10 in New Orleans is like swimming in molasses in January. “Slowly you go, inch by inch…”and really getting nowhere in a long amount […]

New Possibility — The Road Less Traveled

By Sarah Tun I’m having the time of my life all because of a new possibility. No, I’m not dirty dancing. In fact, I’m ghost writing. It isn’t something I’ve ever thought of doing, but it just sort of came my way, and I’m so glad it has! In fact, if I’d thought about it […]

The scent of bias ink…

by Gina Burgess In 1998 Harper’s published an essay by Francine Prose called Scent of a Woman’s Ink. In it she expounds on the disparity of publishers’ perception between women’s writing and men’s writing. She suggests that it is the male readers who don’t precisely align with metaphors that women use – house, garden, madness […]

Impostor Assassin: A Thriller Novel

Impostor Assassin is a novel about a man willing to risk his life to save the world. Independent publishing is facing a new enemy. This new threat to authors, agents and publishers is everywhere. The mega-corporation, SWAMP, has taken over the world’s media outlets and it is now taking over lives. A legion of assassins […]

Should Indie Authors Beware or Rejoice?

by Gina Burgess In the New Yorker, there’s a good article: Publish or Perish. The future of publishing is discussed, and Russ Grandinette of Amazon makes a very good point. “In [my] view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were […]