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This POV is Only Yours

This POV is Only Yours

As authors, we understand the concept of POV (point of view). When writing a story, the POV dictates the details we share with the reader and the tone we take. Each character in our story would require a unique POV if we chose to tell the story from that character’s perspective. The reason is simple:…

Creating an Author Brand & Mission

Creating an Author Brand & Mission

There is a lot of talk these days about creating an “author brand.” Raise your hand if you land somewhere between “I’m not exactly sure what that is” and “What the [bleep] is an author brand?” Okay, I see those hands. What exactly is an author brand? There are times, such as when you are…

Assemble Your Pirate Crew (Collaborative Writing)

Assemble Your Pirate Crew (Collaborative Writing)

Pirate Publishing mandates collaboration. The forces we pirate authors oppose are much too organized and relentless for us to hope to succeed in our individual and divided efforts. The Information Dealers are those who proffer human narratives for capital gain. Via social media, journalism, and any form of media they can manipulate via paid impressions,…

Own Your Assets, At All Levels

Own Your Assets, At All Levels

Last week’s post addressed the effects that an increasingly commoditized and leveraged publishing industry is having on the stories that are being produced and sold via the “all-you-can-read” buffet for readers and the ad-spend driven battle-dome for writers. As promised, this week we’re gonna drill down more on what the heck we can do about…

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

(Or at least there can’t be another Harry Potter within the current publishing infrastructure.) Not too long ago, I had lunch with a gentleman who played a significant role in the commercial success of Harry Potter while serving as an informal advisor to Scholastic. His was and is a fascinating story. With the changes that…

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Living life is messy. You’ve probably noticed, people are effed up. The good news? If you’re willing to get messy, connecting with people ain’t that hard. StoryShop has come forward with a call to action called #JoinTheStory that essentially challenges all of us to take back our narratives and openly explore each others’ narratives. In…