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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!

The Story Solution: Plot

The Story Solution: Plot

To avoid wandering aimlessly, losing the reader, or putting them to sleep, story plot is important. With the Story Solution Sean & Johnny show the way!

Show vs Tell: Info Dump Part One

Show vs Tell: Info Dump Part One

We’ve all read them. We’ve all written them. How can we avoid the dreaded info dump and instead pace our reveals for our readers? Here is how.

HarperCollins, KU, UFO?

HarperCollins, KU, UFO?

It’s getting cold out there! This week I’ve been breaking out the wool while DMB debates whether to grow back his mountain-man beard. But in the wider and wilder world out there, the Navy has requested we use the abbreviation UAP instead of UFO. This generated quite the debate around the HQ. Which is ultimately…

Beholden to Reader Engagement Metrics

Beholden to Reader Engagement Metrics

If authors choose the wrong metrics to gauge their success, they’ll often times fail. Here is why reader engagement is critical over reader conversion.

World in the Balance Epic Playlist

World in the Balance Epic Playlist

All Human Life Hangs in the Balance! Playlist by DMB When you really need inspiration to get your stuff done…or else. This is not the playlist you turn to when you need to relax and unwind. This writing inspiration soundtrack is for those plot-critical moments when everything hangs in the balance. Your hero couldn’t possibly…