Responding to Nick Spalding’s Self-Publishing Tips

Yesterday I posted excerpts from Nick Spalding’s thirteen-year old tips on self-publishing, which he told me are all still applicable today. So, today I’m going to respond to his tips with my thoughts. 1. Don’t give up the day job Of course the dream is to sell lots of books, make tons of money, andContinue reading “Responding to Nick Spalding’s Self-Publishing Tips”

Self-Publishing Tips From Nick Spalding

Nick Spalding is a very successful author with indie roots, who went on to sign a six-figure book deal. Back in 2003, he gave us his top 10 self-publishing tips. I’ve posted them below with excerpts: 1. Don’t give up the day job “Everyone wants to live the dream and write full time, but itContinue reading “Self-Publishing Tips From Nick Spalding”

Is The Key To Selling Lad-Lit Marketing To Women?

Wow, I had no idea that the publishing world was writing off “lad lit” fourteen years ago… but it’s true. In 2004, Publisher’s Weekly published an article titled “Lad Lit Hits the Skids”, and it was kind of frightening to read. What if publishers created a subgenre and nobody read it? In the case of “ladContinue reading “Is The Key To Selling Lad-Lit Marketing To Women?”

Who Will Buy My Book?

I just came across this article from The Millions by author Tom McAllister, and was immediately drawn to this paragraph: Before I ever published anything, I’d assumed that if I ever finished a book, there would be so much demand from family and friends alone that we’d have to go into a second printing before the release date. But I amContinue reading “Who Will Buy My Book?”

Is My Novel Funny Enough To Be Lad-Lit?

This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a while. Now that the first draft of my novel Not Famous is complete, I’m choosing to revisit it. One common description of lad-lit is that is contain a lot of humor. Lots of lad-lit I’ve read is definitely meant to make you laugh-out-loud. If we goContinue reading “Is My Novel Funny Enough To Be Lad-Lit?”

A Surprisingly Successful Free Promotion for THE LAST STOP

The other day I set up a three-day free promotion for my paranormal thriller short story, The Last Stop. Like most of my free promotions, I expected to move a few units a day, and top out no higher than, say 40 units. The decision to setup the free promotion was somewhat whimsical, and IContinue reading “A Surprisingly Successful Free Promotion for THE LAST STOP”