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Amazon’s Indie Author Cracks Begin To Show, Grow

Okay, after a score of books and a bunch of  bestsellers with traditional publishers, I threw in my lot late last year with Amazon. Did my first indie book. Things initially looked very good. Then went to Hell. I did their exclusive “Select Program” and sold a ton of Kindle copies of Die By Wire. […]

Klout = Krap?

Facebook tells me “John Friendly sent you a message in Klout.” Well, John Friendly is a pseudonym for a FB friend. So I click on the link and enter a user Hell that only malware and porn sites could manufacture. So, I sent this to my buddy: Hey man I think you sent me a […]

Traditional! Publishing! Indie! OUCH! OUCH!

Comment from Allen on “How Traditional Publishers SUCK On eBooks.”  I was researching your agent when I came across your blog. Doesn’t your agent make certain that you receive the proper royalties? Do you regret going the traditional route? And, finally, are you happy with your agent? Any help will be appreciated. Allen Allen, as […]

Why Writers Should Avoid F-Bomb Barfers

The near-ubiquity of curse words has been lamented as evidence of the general coarsening of American society. That may be true and worthy of debate. Two recent pieces in the New Yorker (Dropping The F-Bomb) and The Atlantic Wire (Have Curse Words Lost All Meaning?) wrestle with the issue. I agree with some of their […]

Worst Tent, Best Tent In The World

The tent on the left is the worst single-person tent in the world. The one on the right is the best one. WORST TENT, COURTESY OF REI The worst tent is from REI. Setting it up is like wrestling with a Mechano/Erector set on crystal meth. It is IMPOSSIBLE for one person to set up […]

Does God Edit Our Lives?

The author as God is a frequent meme among writers. We create characters, think them up and breathe life into them. If we do a good job, they please readers. I was writing on page 300-something of my new thriller yesterday (The Nassau Directives. Out this fall) and needed the main protagonist to take an […]

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