My new book cover is here for “The Solitary Apocalypse,” as you may be aware. It’s not exactly a secret at this point. I’m really happy with what I ended up with. Since I just got the proof copy of the print version, I wanted to dive into it a bit and look at why I made the decisions with it that I did. [Read more…] about Anatomy of a Book Cover
The other day, I was looking at some books featured in one of the many “book deal” emails I get daily, and I stumbled upon a short story where the title was misspelled — on the cover. The friggin’ cover, for god’s sake. And what’s more is it was a one-word title. I mean, seriously. [Read more…] about Why would anyone traditionally publish a book?
As I teased a couple of weeks ago, I’ve written a new (very) short story for the Rave Writers International Society of Authors in an event called Watch RWISA Write, an August-long showcase for the writers in the group. The stories are going to be compiled into an anthology for the group in the near future. There has been a different short story shared on several blogs each day this month, and the quality has been quite good. I definitely recommend checking out #RWISA on Twitter and reading a few. Not only are they good stories from a wide variety of genres, but they’re all under 1,500 words, so they’re ridiculously digestible. [Read more…] about Dim Light Breaks: My new short story is live
Some of you may know (but you probably don’t) that I’m a member of the Rave Writers International Society of Authors (RWISA), which is basically the fancy “By invite only” division of the Rave Reviews Book Club, which is a big group of writers of wildly varying degrees of writing ability. To get into the RWISA, you had to be invited and then have your writing sample approved by a majority of the five board members. There are currently 40 RWISA members, and eleventy billion RRBC members, as far as I can tell. [Read more…] about My New (Very) Short Story: Dim Light Breaks
When I was getting ready to publish my first novel, “Killing the Immortals,” last year, I did a good deal of research on the title to make sure there was nothing similar in the marketplace that it would be confused with. I was excited about the title, and wanted to have something unique. Fortunately, there was nothing like it out there, so I plowed forward with it last July.
Suddenly, though, I noticed last week that a Bosnian author self-published a book on June 30 with the title “Killing the Immortal.” So, basically the same title as mine. I don’t publish a book for 37 years, put out my first one, and then somebody essentially rips off my unique title within a year. It was a little bit frustrating. [Read more…] about What happens when someone steals your book title?
I had this discussion on Facebook recently, as I consulted with various people on what the title of my upcoming novel should be. On my first book, once “Killing the Immortals” came to me, it was one of those proverbial light bulbs popping up above my head. Maybe literally. I can’t say for sure. But it was fairly bright in the room at the time, so perhaps.
Anyway, I knew right away that was the title. It was striking, a little mysterious, and had a seemingly contradictory nature that I liked. I love forcing readers to ask themselves a question they can only answer by reading whatever it is I wrote. “How can you kill immortals?” Know how you’re gonna find out? Buy my book and read the thing, damn it. [Read more…] about Does the book’s title really matter?