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The Pirate Author Defined

The Pirate Author Defined

Pirate Publishing takes our narratives back from the Information Dealers who profit on human fear and hatred and calls pirate authors to #jointhestory.

Quick and Dirty Paperback Formatting, Front Matter

Quick and Dirty Paperback Formatting, Front Matter

If you’re snooty about front matter, this isn’t the guide for you. If you want to write more and format front matter less, read on.

Be Careful Not to Resent the “Binge Culture” Reader

Be Careful Not to Resent the “Binge Culture” Reader

Binge Culture is here to stay. Don’t fight the reader. Instead fight the information brokers who are commodifying story to leverage subscription revenue.

10 Tips to Becoming a Much Better Writer (Part 1 of 2)

10 Tips to Becoming a Much Better Writer (Part 1 of 2)

There are so many things to consider when becoming a better writer. Here are ten quick tips you can take away and put into practice immediately.

Paperback Formatting, the Quick and Dirty Guidelines

Paperback Formatting, the Quick and Dirty Guidelines

When formatting paperbacks for publishing, there are rigorous and painful standards…then there are good enough guidelines. This post is the latter.

Hope that Buffet-Style Reading is not the Future

Hope that Buffet-Style Reading is not the Future

Let’s hope that all-you-can-read ebook subscription services built on retail and ad platforms aren’t the future of publishing.

What Writers REALLY Need to Know About Marketing

What Writers REALLY Need to Know About Marketing

Writers have to wear a ton of different hats. One of those hats is marketing. But what do writers really need to know about marketing? Here you go.

17 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU WRITE BETTER STORIES, FASTER (PART 3 OF 3)

17 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU WRITE BETTER STORIES, FASTER (PART 3 OF 3)

Pacing, personality, natural use of senses, conflict, and much more should be analyzed in order to write better stories faster.

2019 in Review, 2020 Forecasted for Indie Authors and Publishing

2019 in Review, 2020 Forecasted for Indie Authors and Publishing

2019 was status quo and false stability throughout the publishing industry. 2020 will be much of the same before the next wave of disruption comes.

17 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU WRITE BETTER STORIES, FASTER (PART 2 OF 3)

17 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU WRITE BETTER STORIES, FASTER (PART 2 OF 3)

We continue with more questions to ask yourself in regards to voice, mood, tone, and tropes. The more you nail these down, the better you will write.

5 Fast Tips For Using Beta Readers Right

5 Fast Tips For Using Beta Readers Right

What’s a Beta Reader? And how can I use Beta Readers in a way to improve my writing? Here’s the quick and dirty that you need to know!