Platform Building

Aspiring authors have it tough. Large online sellers like Amazon have driven down book prices. Those with an already made platform can still succeed, but to cut costs, publishers have cut publicists and marketing. Indie authors and small press authors are familiar with doing their own leg work. Perhaps seeing their success is what drove … More Platform Building

Cover Design

Cover artists, graphic designers – the masters of the thumbnail. Even though the books are the authors’ babies, the image translation is up to someone else. Someone we might not know. Someone who might not have even read your book. First phase, don’t leave anything to chance. Find commercially free images to give the artists. … More Cover Design

Internet Cliques?

Social Media – the cliques of the internet. While the pack of internet folks moves from one to the next, there’s always some that stay behind. Memes joke about the two sides of Tumblr – of Pinterest. Digital anthropologists study them like physical civilizations. I stare and slink away back to dead bodies. Dead bodies … More Internet Cliques?

Pitch Contests

A lot of people like things that make their lives easier. For agents and editors, this can be pitch contests. They get hundreds of emails from potential authors a day. The time it takes to read and sort through them (considering the number with incorrect formats, genres that aren’t represented, or big warning signs) – … More Pitch Contests