Three Problems to Avoid If You Publish a Fiction Ebook

If you’re writing and publishing ebook fiction, here are some quirks to avoid if you want to succeed.

Me, Short Stories, and Robert Heinlein

My short story interests were shaped by authors like Robert Heinlein and many others. Now I’m making my short fiction available to readers.

Why It’s Still Smart to Court Traditional Publishers

Want to get your writing into print? Undecided between self-publishing or a traditional publisher? Here’s why the old-fashioned route can still help you out.

Ebook How-To: a 3-Step Strategy For Quick Sales

Here’s a quick and dirty three-step strategy for publishing non-fiction ebooks. In the world of ebook how-to, this is one effective bare bones approach to get into the market and create quick sales. Advice to a friend, spawned from my own ebook knowledge, offered here because ebooks are in my near future and likely yours as well.

Ebook Pricing, Traditional Publishing: Some Thoughts

What’s the right price for an ebook if it’s your first novel? Some observations and recommendations based on the current state of ebook pricing for indie publishers.

Social publishing and my books

Social publishing allows an author to make a book available for free in electronic form, and encourages readers to rate it, share it, even re-use it if released under a Creative Commons license. This appears to have great synergy with driving interest in other works. I’m going to do this with some of my work in 2009.

Literary Agent Versus Self-Publishing: the Modern Writer’s Dilemma

Get a literary agent or self-publish? A common dilemma for many writers in this new era. A friend asked me about this and here’s what I advised her to do.

Amazon: “Authors are our customers” Except in Forums

Questioning the dichotomous tension between Amazon (“authors are our customers”), and the reception authors get on Amazon discussion fora.

Improving Sales and Income in Ebook Publishing

How can a short story writer make a reasonable profit in today’s ebook publishing market? Here are a few approaches that might help.

Analog Thinking in a Digital World

Pdfs are a vestige of analog thinking in a digital world. This persistance of the outmoded is a common pattern when pervasive technological change happens, but the blogosphere and altered information habits is forcing a change.