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What’s The Deal With Present Tense?

October 11, 2014
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I’m getting tense. Present tense. I have been seeing it more frequently in books by indie authors. “I hear a faint knock on the bedroom door….” I know, it’s supposed to immediately put me in the scene, feel what the character is feeling, see and hear what the character is seeing and hearing, make my heart pound along with theirs, and so on and so forth. But I just find it .. annoying. Combine the…

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Indie Authors, Why They’re Telling You to Go Away

October 4, 2014

Two major book media outlets this week told indie authors to go away. And their reasoning will fascinate you. It started with what editor-in-chief Roger Sutton of The Horn Book, Inc (which serves the children’s and YA market) called “An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed.” Sutton writes that The Horn Book refuses books by indie authors because “there are too many of them.” And most of them are “pretty terrible.” And “the…

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How E-Books Are Changing The Way We Talk About Books

September 27, 2014
Ebooks are changing the way we talk about books

Recently as I was reading the nonfiction book Lincoln’s Gamble I noted an unusual disclosure in author Todd Brewster’s notes on sources at the back of the book. Noting that “for ease of research, I worked from ebooks, mostly Kindle editions” Brewster acknowledged that,”Because ebooks can be altered in type size for the convenience of the reader, page numbers vary and should therefore not be referenced.” Those who want to check out Brewster’s sources are…

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Let’s Slay the Cliché

September 21, 2014
Let's slay the cliche

The other day I was reading the first few pages of an indie author’s latest book. It was someone whose work I was familiar with, although I had not read anything they had written lately. After just a couple of pages I had an uneasy feeling. Something wasn’t working, like a car whose engine is misfiring. Then I realized what the problem was: cliches. Worn-out phrases. Tired old ways of saying things. You know this…

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ICYMI – Indie Authors on The Bookcast Sep 8-12, 2014

September 14, 2014

Is This Why Readers Don’t Finish Books?

September 13, 2014
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If you believe a 2013 Goodreads blog post, only one in four readers say they will stick with a book to the end, no matter what. What’s going on? Why do readers invest time in a book only to abandon it before reaching the end? And what does that mean for indie authors? Since I began interviewing traditionally-published authors some thirty years ago, and indie authors about three years ago, I have read — or,…

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