Finding Your Readers By Writing Series

I have heard everyone say over the past five years that you must know your readers, advertise to your readers and build an Email List to advise your readers of your latest publications. Yes, it works for non fiction but not so much for fiction.

I know from various places that quoted impressive numbers of pages opened, pages read, pages where links were clicked, etc, that Email Lists are the best advertising to existing readers. Note the word existing readers, not new readers.

So, I have been reading up on how to get one of these Email Lists going before I can figure out who are my readers. Read more »

Sneak Peek Galaxy Freight Cover

I have been working on a cover for a collection of six Science Fiction novelettes for a print copy, and am excited with what I have done so far.

With the help of some other writers, I decided to call it an Omnibus, rather than a collection, because a collection relates to short stories and from the word count, five are novelettes and one is a novella. Read more »

Scribus Image Tip

I discovered a problem when I tried to upload Machani Diplomat Interior PDF File to Createspace. This was the first Interior PDF that I included an image. I was advised that an image inside the Interior PDF file was 90 dpi and needed to be 300 dpi. As I only had the one image I knew which image the error message was referring to. However, I created the map and I knew it was 300 dpi so I went looking for a way to fix the problem.

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Next Tip for Scribus 1.4.3

I have been busy editing my latest book Machani Diplomat, but the wait is almost over.

The Smashwords and Amazon formatted files are ready to upload to the sites as soon as I get the POD interior layout finished.

However, the cover is finally taking shape, so I thought I would give you a look at the cover, now I have finished playing around with the title font. You might notice I included the translators I created in Blender into the image. Read more »

Building Spaceships

I decided, while waiting for my beta readers to finish my last two stories, to work on covers for the two stories. I drew a translator, an alien flying orb that translates English and other languages into Machani, the aliens in my latest novel.

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Produce or Procrastinate?

I had what I think was a productive week, now my cough has settled down and I have more energy.

I edited the latest novel draft and sent off to a beta reader.

I edited a previous novella draft and gave to a beta reader who had been patiently hanging out for the second story in the Sensing Danger series. Read more »

August Goals

It seemed like August zoomed by while I was not looking, but I did achieve some goals.

In the run up to completing my current WIP, I stopped writing because I knew something was wrong. Read more »

Dueling Words at Ten Paces

I had hoped to settle in and finish the first draft of my current project, but I have been sidetracked by the events of one big publisher negotiating with one big distributor on the web, so I decided to create a poster that sums it up.

If you are interested in the business of publishing, both traditional and Indie, I suggest you settle in and enjoy the business negotiation process unfolding between Hachette and Amazon, and follow along as some authors buy into the negotiations, but do check your facts before commenting, either on this site or any other site, because there are a lot of false statements floating around at the moment.

The process of one author commenting and other authors arguing against the first author reminds me of a boxing match (or a duel), with one throwing a punch (or firing a shot), and the opponent blocking, or throwing a counter punch, (or taking his time to aim and fire while the first duelist is reloading his pistol).

I may also draw some cartoons later. Enjoy the poster.




Some of the sites to follow to get a balanced view of this duel are The Passive Voice, J A Konrath, and Hugh Howey.

I hope that after another week or two, I will come to my senses and get back into writing or creating covers.

Keep writing and having fun.


First Tip for Scribus 1.4.3

Due to my laptop dying and purchasing a new laptop, as I discussed in my previous blog, I reinstalled Scribus, but got an updated version.

I located my Broken series and opened each into the new version of Scribus.

First I was asked to chose a font to replace the fonts I used in the older version.

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