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…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

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.…

Books That People Want to Read

As serious self-publishers we’re the contemporary vanguard of a centuries-long tradition of story telling. We create inform, entertain. We create worlds, breathe life into virtual characters, convey insight, knowledge, and culture. We can take this responsibility lightly—and fail. Write a book, self-publish, and get rich quick? Forget about…

Destination: Publishing Success

Writing books is time-consuming enough. But publishing, marketing, promoting sales, all while researching the next book— Whew! Been there. Done that. Three times. Need help. If only I had more hours in the day. Truth—my computer is simply not working hard enough. So I’m on a journey. I’…