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Loyalty Vs. Friction

Loyalty Vs. Friction

For nearly one hundred years, marketing efforts have increasingly been based on friction tactics. The practice of interrupting the consumer experience with advertising intensified via radio and then television. Friction-based marketing has come to a head with the emergence of the world wide web. Clunky banner ads have mostly given way to targeted advertising via…

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part One

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part One

You want to make a living as an author.  It’s an alluring idea, the notion that you could spin straw into gold by turning dreams into stories and stories into assets that pay out on repeat, and for the rest of your life.  No publisher telling you what you can or cannot write, or what…

Epic High Seas Writing Playlist

Epic High Seas Writing Playlist

Fire in the Hole! Playlist by DMB A Playlist for when you just gotta set sail. This soundtrack is for those days when you just gotta set sail upon the high seas. So batten down the hatches and keep your powder dry, Matey! Arrrrr, there be dragons to slay! Most of these songs are classical…

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

Enter: The StoryJacket.   After the hook and a rough sketch of characters and plot, but before the outline goes too far, we always go through the process of getting what we call a StoryJacket on that outline. This is a full developmental edit of the narrative we’re planning to tell — the kind of edit…

Show vs Tell: Five Senses

Show vs Tell: Five Senses

Including detailed sensory descriptions can help breathe life into your prose. The right details can add color to the page. They can create soundscapes, scents, textures, and atmosphere. But to be effective, your sensory details shouldn’t feel telegraphed, overblown, or random. You want to choose details which not only cause images, sounds, smells, etc. to…

Access to Your Audience is an Asset

Access to Your Audience is an Asset

This post is the continuation of last week’s post, so we’ll simply pick up where we left off! The Established Alternatives to Amazon Exclusivity Now for the big dog alternatives to Amazon. The main players for ebook retail distribution are Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes Noble (…knock on wood…). Of these three, Kobo has the richest…

The Story Solution: Theme

The Story Solution: Theme

So what is theme?  A theme is a guiding principle. Not quite a mantra; it’s not that easy to compartmentalize. More like a common thread. A running gag, without the humor. A theme holds things together that otherwise might fall apart. It’s an implied connection between items that might otherwise seem disparate.   Consider a well-planned…

Show vs Tell: Info Dump Part Two

Show vs Tell: Info Dump Part Two

See Part One here. Why and how to ‘tell’ So, we see why showing is awesome, but there are reasons why an author will sometimes want to ‘tell’ instead. If you look back at my first example of show vs. tell (the one about the big city), you’ll notice that showing requires a lot more…

Covering Your Assets While Going Wide

Covering Your Assets While Going Wide

Pirate Authors cover their assets by maintaining ownership, control and access. In this case, we’ll address the options for going wide!

Awakening Epic Pop Playlist (w/Vocals)

Awakening Epic Pop Playlist (w/Vocals)

This epic pop writing inspiration playlist will brighten your day and give you the energy to power through. It’s a bright world out there, so let’s go!