Back at my old day job as an editor for Zenith Press, I would sometimes have authors call with concern about their Amazon ranking. "I was at X just last week, now I'm at X-1,245,619. What happened? What can we do?" My stock answer was to explain that no one really knows the algorithms Amazon uses to … Continue reading I’m No. 1[,289,791]!
I first stuck my toe into the water of self-publishing four years ago with “The Mailbox,” a revised version of my first pro sale. Then I got distracted by other things. Now that I’m a full-time freelancer, I’ve been getting back into it. I’ve got a handful of Kindle singles available and more projects on … Continue reading Stuck in the Middle Press
And by “we” I mean “me.” June 23 saw the release of my latest Star Trek novella, The More Things Change, an eBook exclusive for Kindle and Nook and such. It’s been four years (!) since my previous Trek book, Honor in the Night in the Myriad Universes: Shattered Light anthology. Where Honor in the Night … Continue reading The Day We’ve All Been Waiting For
When I decided I wanted to be a writer, back in the miasmal swamps of prehistory, I was writing on an electric typewriter and using a lot of correction tape, Wite-Out, and erasers. Inevitably I did a lot of retyping when a page became too messy for submission. I also borrowed an idea from Ray … Continue reading Shelley Needs the Good Leads
The thing about recorded music is that it has always required buying an encoded object that you needed to put into a machine to listen to; everything from records to tapes to CDs required a player, and this hasn’t changed in the age of downloaded audio files. That matchbox-sized mp3 player in your shirt pocket … Continue reading Some Rambles on eBooks vs. eMusic
I picked a great time to have my writing career briefly regain consciousness, didn't I? The acquisition of Honor in the Night, my Star Trek novella, back in 2008 seemed to roughly coincide with the beginning of the end of traditional publishing. As blogged elsewhere, the novella had a bumpy road to print, but it's … Continue reading The Scarlet W: On Being a Writer in the End Times