Are We Indie Authors Trying Too Hard?

I’ve been reading a how-to book lately. Specifically, a book on how to “build your author platform”. This book hasn’t been particularly fantastic, although it’s not so much that it’s full of wrong ideas, it’s just that I’ve already heard all of these things before.

But, the book has made me think about something that keeps coming to me every time I read about this sort of topic, whether it’s a book for writers, or a blog post, or anything else. Every time I delve into the topic of “building your author platform”, I keep getting this slightly skeevy feeling, like we’re missing the point of the whole writing thing and simply turning ourselves into hucksters. Continue reading

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Latest News On Frostwalker – And A Giveaway!

Frostwalker Cover Art

Well, it’s been about nine days since Frostwalker was released. So far, the book has been well received and I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of you who have been kind enough to purchase a copy either in ebook or paperback. Your support is greatly appreciated!

For now, I wanted to do a quick post to mention a few things about the book. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, you may have already heard about some of this, but it doesn’t hurt to mention these bits of info again!

First, I’d like to invite you all to enter the Goodreads giveaway that is going on right now and will end on June 15th. To enter, you just pop on over to the Goodreads Frostwalker Giveaway page, and sign up. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, it’s quick, easy, and free to create one – and you’ll probably love the site! I’m giving away three paperback copies, so you have three chances to win!

Second, I want to offer a special thanks to book blogger Laura Thomas who was kind enough to do a review of Frostwalker on her blog, FUONLYKNEW, as well as inviting me for a very fun interview! She has high standards, so I was very happy to see that Frostwalker got five stars from her! She has also done a review of two of my short pieces, Out After Dark and The Card. You can see those reviews on her blog as well!

Lastly, I want to mention that while the paperback edition of Frostwalker is still only available through CreateSpace and their parent company Amazon, the various ebook versions are popping up at lots of different sites. So far, the ebook is available at the following retailers:

Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo | Sony | Diesel | Versent | iTunes

As I’ve mentioned before, you can read the first third of the book for free at Smashwords.

Thanks again to those who have purchased the book. I hope you enjoy it immensely! Please feel free to give me your thoughts on the book, good or bad, by either leaving a review where you purchased it, or on Goodreads, or by dropping me a line using the form on my Contact page here on my blog.

Thank You!

 

Get a free copy of The Card!

The CardIn case you missed it on my Facebook page or on Twitter, you can now get a free copy of my latest short story The Card for free when you sign up to be notified when my up-coming survival horror novel Frostwalker is released. Pop on over to the Frostwalker page here at my blog, scroll to the bottom, and enter your email address. You’ll receive an email when Frostwalker is released, and you’ll also get an email with a coupon code you can use to get The Card for free at Smashwords.

 

Interviewed By The Reading Cafe

This is just a quick little update. I was lucky enough to have Sandy, at The Reading Cafe, conduct an in interview with me. The interview is now live on their site and you can check it out here. It was fun and I appreciate them giving me a chance to talk about Frostwalker, how I became a writer and lots more. Check it out and please leave them a comment!

Latest News, A Recent Interview, And More

I just wanted to post a quick update to give you all the latest info on what I’ve been up to.

To begin with, I’ve recently finished a new short story! It’s currently titled The Card and is around 4,200 words long. This one is a more traditional horror piece, not vampires or zombies. It’s still in the first draft stage, but edits will be ongoing and it should be finished relatively soon. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do with it. I may release this one the same way I’ve released Out After Dark and Best Served Hot, but there may be other considerations. In any case, when it’s available, I’ll be letting you know about it here as well as Twitter and Facebook!

Meanwhile, Frostwalker is still undergoing edits. Nothing new to report there, but just wanted to mention that progress is being made. We have top men working on it. Top. Men. (And a couple of top women.)

In other news, Best Served Hot is currently on display at the Indie E-Books site! If you’re not familiar with Indie E-Books, here’s how it works: With the indie publishing revolution, there’s a huge amount of reading material out there. But, how do you know what you’ll like and what’s not for you? At Indie E-Books, you can view short stories by independent authors and get a feel for their work. Sort of a test drive for fiction. You can read the stories for free and even leave comments.

Also, Indie E-Books conducted a quick interview with me! If you want to check that out, it’s on their blog. Give it a read and be sure to tell your friends!

Interview With ‘The Forever Girl’ Author Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl, by Rebecca Hamilton

Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook have no doubt seen my posts about just how great a read The Forever Girl was. As someone who doesn’t usually read that genre, it was a departure for me. The fact that I was sold on the first chapter and then loved the book in full should be a testament to the wide appeal this book offers and the compelling ability of the author, Rebecca Hamilton.

Today, I have a special treat for you! I asked this talented (and busy) lady to take the time to answer a few questions for me and my readers and she graciously consented. I’m very pleased to present this brief interview with Rebecca Hamilton. I hope you find it as enjoyable to read as it was to conduct! Continue reading