Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons I Self-Publish
Top Ten Tuesday / May 17, 2016

There are hundreds (okay, dozens) of great reasons to self-publish. After some debate (meaning I went to the bathroom, then came back and made this list), here are my top ten: No rejection letters. True, it’s a form of rejection when a reader doesn’t buy your book, but you don’t get a politely-worded form letter when it happens. My ego can remain tenuously intact. Freedom! I can write what I want and not worry about #1. I do try to keep my writing relevant to the market (ie, deciding to try for a second Bobian book this year because my public actually asked for it), but otherwise I have a lot of creative freedom. Lifelong learning. I like to learn. I waste– er, gainfully employ hours on end learning new things that I might never need to know. For example, while the popular vision of zombies can only happen through a type of witchcraft or magic, there are parasites, spores, and other agents that might allow a type of zombie infestation. You wanted to know that, I know. You’re welcome. I get to keep all the moneys. While 100% of a piddling is a pittance, 30% of a piddling is…

A to Z Blogging Challenge: Cover Art
A to Z Blog Challenge / April 4, 2016

“You can’t judge a book by its cover”. Maybe not, but we do. Really, we have to do this. Books are an investment of time, money, and energy. You can read reviews and do a quick peek inside to guess if you’ll like it, but most of us look at covers and try to figure it out just from pictures. Pretty funny, really, for a “literate” group of people. A book’s cover should tell you several things right off the bat: The title. Someday I might write a book with a mystery title, just to see if anyone buys it. Mostly, though, we count on that title to pique our interest. As a writer, I hope the hours I spend agonizing over this are worth it. The author’s name. Sometimes authors get to have their names bigger than the title, but you have to be Serious Business for this. As long as someone manages to squeeze my entire name on the cover, I’m pretty happy. As a reader, this helps you binge read your favorite author. The genre. While this isn’t a perfect science, there are still things you expect from different genres. Romance: half-dressed Characters. SF: something spacey or…