Self-publishing—easy. Right?

Self-publishing—easy. Right? Write a book. Submit to a print-on-demand/book distribution service. Reap fame and fortune. Not. I’m a self-publisher. I’ve self-published three books—two novels and a technical programming book. I’ve co-published three Japanese-style mangas. I have more books in development. I can assure you.…

Writing. Marketing. One and the Same

We write for many reasons. But if we expect significant income from book sales, we’re in for a challenge. Writing a book requires long hours of reflective time and creative engagement. Marketing involves face-to-face and mediated conversations with family, friends, colleagues, fans, and strangers—and a rather different cast…

It All Started as a Daydream

Welcome to Writers Glen! I love to sit on this leafy carpet here under dappled sun and gaze out over vast vistas. Writers Glen—my place to think, speculate. Ruminate over what I know and what I don’t. And, believe me, there’s so so much that I don’…

Let’s Talk Real Estate

I can’t afford administrative assistants. So self-publishing productivity comes down to offloading as many routine administrative hassles as possible onto my computer. As a serious self-publisher I need to: * Pop long-forgotten research notes up into my monitor with a few keystrokes * Generate book proposals, publishing plans, and marketing plans…

Thinking About Computers

It’s easy to summarize our plight and challenge as self-publishers: So much to do. So little time. No matter how much time we carve out of a 24-hour day to research, write, publish, and market books, there’s always more to do. And more, we likely have lives to…

Trade Quality and Why it Matters

Many self-publishers generate revenue and attract a fan base with ebooks. Ebooks certainly have exacting quality concerns of their own which I may delve into in a later post. But, here, I’m reflecting on print. Drop into your favorite bookstore. Pick any work of fiction or narrative nonfiction off…