The Minus Faction Omnibus is finally here!

What the fr@^k is a ‘soft launch’ anyway? Research into purchasing behavior confirms my personal experience that in a market filled with many alternatives, readers tend to choose books with a demonstrated readership over those without. And since they don’t have a perfect window into that, they use the number of reviews as a proxy measure. Not so much the aggregate star rating, mind you … Continue reading The Minus Faction Omnibus is finally here!

How I Beat My Struggle with Settings

I keep two files of art. Well, I keep more than two, but two specifically related to my novels: Characters and Settings. (Each project also has it’s own specific folder of inspiration.) My Settings file is particularly useful, because I struggle. I could write dialogue all day. In fact, that’s almost always how I start — with two people talking. Sometimes where they are while … Continue reading How I Beat My Struggle with Settings

It’s here! Your Last Chance to Experience THE MINUS FACTION

Episode Seven: Outbreak, the final installment of my sci-fi thriller serial, is now available just about everywhere books are sold online. Amazon Barnes & Noble Apple iBooks Google Play Kobo In Episode One . . . Beaten. Burned. Broken. Capt. John Regent returns a paraplegic after escaping months of captivity and torture — except no one knows who took him or what he disclosed. When … Continue reading It’s here! Your Last Chance to Experience THE MINUS FACTION

When Criticism is the Best Medicine

When you start writing, you have the ambivalence of a toddler who both wants help down the stairs and wants to do it himself. You know you need critical feedback, but you’re inexperienced, unsure of your work — which we authors often conflate with our selves — and therefore wary of the sting. Those of you afraid of needles will know that feeling, that sometimes … Continue reading When Criticism is the Best Medicine

This Is The End! (Open Call for Beta Readers)

The sixth and final installment of my serial novel THE MINUS FACTION will soon be complete to beta draft. As such, I’m looking for readers willing to share top-line feedback on the manuscript — what worked and what didn’t with the plot, the pace, the characters, etc. No worries if you haven’t read the earlier episodes. I can send them electronically. Just please be serious … Continue reading This Is The End! (Open Call for Beta Readers)

How I Do It

One of the fringe benefits, I guess, of serializing longer works in shorter chunks, is that I’ve iterated a lot the last couple years. In fact, I’m about to produce my eighth title in the last 24 months. It’s really taught me how I write. Not how TO write. But how I do it. Some people plot everything out, for example. Some people write by … Continue reading How I Do It

There’s No Writer Better Than You

There’s no objective ranking of writers, despite that it subjectively feels as if there is. I’ve probably had three conversations in the last nine months or so about this. I have strong feelings about it, to the point that I’ve probably come across way too strong. But it’s true. We all like what we like, of course, and don’t like what we don’t, and sometimes … Continue reading There’s No Writer Better Than You

From the Author of Dreadnought & Shuttle: Writer, Know Thyself

Today I am happy to host a guest piece by a friend and colleague, LJ Cohen, whose Young Adult space adventures have earned her quite a bit of attention, including a review in Publisher’s Weekly and more recently a membership in Science Fiction Writers of America. We’re both wrestling with growth and change lately, but I’ll her get to that… ————————— A few weeks ago, … Continue reading From the Author of Dreadnought & Shuttle: Writer, Know Thyself

Kick Ass Moms

There’s a scene in just about every old sheriff-vs-outlaw Western where the hero has to leave his wife and child — usually the town schoolmarm, respectable and nurturing, and a son, the next generation hero who must learn a valuable lesson from his father’s sacrifice — to go face certain death in the performance of his duty, the pacification of the American West as an … Continue reading Kick Ass Moms

Author Strengths & Weaknesses Survey Results

[If you want to skip the discussion of survey mechanics and go right to the results, scroll down to the section with that label.] In my corporate career, I was a survey professional designing auxiliary sample frames, and subsequently hybrid selection methods, to help compensate for differential non-response. I realize there’s a lot of jargon in that sentence, but that’s the fastest way to say … Continue reading Author Strengths & Weaknesses Survey Results