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've been revising my short story "The Satellite Dish," which is a follow-up to "The Mailbox" and takes place three years later, in 1984. Back in my college years while I was working toward my English degree with an emphasis on creative writing, I generally wrote nongenre fiction for my classes, what is sometimes called "literary fiction," … Continue reading Minnesota Stories
Clothes Make the Man and Other Crimes is my latest e-book, a collection of four crime stories. In "The Sun Dress," a dress, an affair, and a gun lead to a surprising and explosive confrontation. Officer Peggy Roberts makes a traffic stop and hopes to catch a killer in "Clothes Make the Man." The flash … Continue reading “Clothes Make the Man”
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
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
I've been announcing my impending entry into the brave new world of self-publishing e-books for some time now but, as with everything, it was taking much longer to get organized than I had originally hoped. So last weekend when a couple of friends independently ask me for my feedback on publishing with Smashwords, I decided, … Continue reading Wherein I Self-Publish a Short Story and Get Somewhat Thwarted