shock value
Writing

Shock Value – Artistic Premise or Pie to the Face?

“An artist should know art history.  Shock value only lasts so long.” Robert Longo Shock Value – Artistic Premise or Pie to the Face? I am not a stranger to writing controversial topics.  In one of my books, I had a family dealing with drug addiction, prostitution, marital rape, and murder.  Ask my good friend… Continue reading Shock Value – Artistic Premise or Pie to the Face?

ISBN
Self-Publishing

ISBN vs ASIN

What is ISBN? When publishing a book through Amazon you will be asked if you have an ISBN number, which stands for International Standard Book Number (ISBN).  The official definition of ISBN is that “it is a unique numeric commercial book identifier”.  An ISBN is assigned to every version of a book that is published… Continue reading ISBN vs ASIN

Beta reader
Writing

The value of good pre-reader or as they are becoming known – Beta reader

“A Good review from the critics is just another stay of execution” – Dustin Hoffman Writing is a craft that gets better with practice and critique. When I say critique I mean having your work reviewed prior to releasing it commercially.  You might say, hey, isn’t that what I’m paying that editor for?  May be… Continue reading The value of good pre-reader or as they are becoming known – Beta reader

writer's block
Writing

What is writer’s block and how to deal with it?

“Writing about a writer's block is better than not writing at all” ― Charles Bukowski, So, what is writer’s block? Writer’s Block is the natural enemy of the author… It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece”.  It’s happens to the best of us – you sit at… Continue reading What is writer’s block and how to deal with it?

your email list
Marketing

The magic of your email list…

Any independent writer, myself included, does not have the benefit of a publisher’s marketing department.  According to Just Publishing Advise, there are approximately 3.4 million books on Amazon Kindle and when the author checked again a few days later, there was 20,000 new titles in Kindle Publishing (KDP), the Amazon self-publisher.  That’s a daunting number… Continue reading The magic of your email list…