Category: Analysis

The Heroic Lens

No, I don’t mean laser goggles In my experience, there are basically two types of superhero tales. There are those that are about superpowers themselves, and the people who have those powers. They tend to be more straightforward tales about superheroes doing superheroic things. Hollywood loves these kinds of tales, and recently they’ve done a […]

2015: The year in review

It’s been a wild ride. Part The First: Conventions 2015 kicked off with Local Hero Press attending its first ever con, COSine, and thus beginning a foray into a previously untapped world of convention sales. I learned a lot about what sells, what doesn’t, and what kind of cons are the way to go. In […]

The Fashion of Hating Amazon

It’s become quite fashionable throughout the publishing industry to publicly bash Amazon. They’re destroying independent bookstores! They’re running roughshod over publishers! They’re hurting indie authors by locking them into exclusivity! I have seen numerous blog posts expounding upon all these claims, and for the most part, I don’t dispute them. Is Amazon destroying independent bookstores? […]

The shouting after the rest is over

Having completed the successful launch of my first anthology, The Good Fight, I thought it would be appropriate to take a post to review the process. Things I Did: Publishing other writers is a dangerous occupation, not for the faint of heart. There are contracts. Payments (in some cases). Negotiations. Back-room deals. You have to […]

No breakthrough again this year

If you’re plugged in to the world of writers at all, you’ve probably heard about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, which is a contest sponsored by Amazon and in which prizewinners will earn an advance and see their books released by Amazon Publishing. In a world where standard advances are no longer enough to make […]

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