Internet sucker punch via an Amazon review

Internet sucker punch via an Amazon review

I spent years writing my first book, Genesis. It only took a couple of days to get a scathing review. For a moment, it really stung. I’d used an editor, had a handful of beta readers go through it, and had an overall positive editorial review from Amazon’s Kindle Scout editorial board. For just a second, none…

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Publishing Genesis

Publishing Genesis

After having the Kindle Scout team decline my book (and subsequently shut their doors and their website) I received an excellent editorial letter regarding what needed to be improved. They were complimentary but felt there were a couple of items that needed to be addressed. I’ll be honest, the rejection killed my motivation and I…

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Self-publishing vs. Kindle Scout

Self-publishing vs. Kindle Scout

Today is a fairly momentous day for me. I got my 3rd round of editing back from my content editor and finished it this afternoon. Since then, I’ve been formatting the book using the Kindle Templates, testing it on the Kindle Previewer, and getting all the data into KDP. Yet… I haven’t pulled the trigger yet.…

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Book 2: Outline vs. Discovery writing

Book 2: Outline vs. Discovery writing

I wrote Genesis without an outline. I had no idea where it was going when I started, but I had what I thought would be a great ending. That ending got cut. In effect, the entire book was formed on the fly and I fixed all the inconsistencies during the editing process. I absolutely loved…

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Designing my book cover

Designing my book cover

I thought I’d finished my book cover design months ago. I liked it, and it had a nice feel. And while I didn’t show it to anyone, I was confident that it would work well. I do design work for a living, but not graphic design. That said, I didn’t consider what audience I was designing…

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Picking a title

Picking a title

Admittedly, I thought I’d picked out a title a long time ago. This last week, I realized that I hated my title and it wasn’t particularly interesting. I had a couple of options, but none that I really liked. In fact, I thought it was going to be VERY hard to come up with more.…

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Seven years and a finish line

Seven years and a finish line

When I heard about Amanda Hocking, and later Hugh Howey, writing a book that others would read became possible. I search Amazon for a book on how not to suck at writing and found Immediate Fiction by Jerry Carver. Within those page, he disclosed a dangerous truth that the fat dead guy from Ratatouille would…

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