In Vino, Mortis (A Dead Britannia short story)

Dead BrittaniaAnd now, for a taste of things to come! Ouch, shades of Mortal Combat aside, I’ve written a short story, more or less a prelude to the Kickstarter novel about Dead Britannia, a new serial about Britain just after its abandoned by Rome – the days when the legend that became King Arthur was born.

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High Volume Writing: Pacing Yourself

bigstock-Alarm-clock-standing-on-stack--52359475My peak writing days give me 20-25 thousand words of fiction. I can kick out five thousand or more words in a day without really breaking a sweat. I’ve also found that the parts of my books where I wrote more words per day are cleaner, clearer, require less revision and get less critique from my editors.

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Amazon Updates KDP eBook Cover Recommendations

This change IS a pretty big deal for indie writers.
Amazon announced today in their KDP newsletter that they have updated their recommendations for cover sizes for Kindle ebooks.
The new guidelines are a minimum of 1000 pixels on the long side – although they “recommend 2,500 pixels on the longest side to ensure better quality, and an ideal height/width ratio of 1.6.” Click to read more...

“Oops, he did it again.” Turow strikes twice.

I am forced to wonder, after reading this latest interview with the noted president of the Author’s Guild, if the man has actually a) bought any books in the last decade, b) listened to any of the writers he is supposed to be supporting about what they’d actually like, or c) thought for fifteen seconds about what spills from his fingers onto a computer screen before pressing “send” on interview questions. Click to read more...

Author’s Guild: latest evidence of loss of a clue?

The Author’s Guild blog has just posted a letter from Scott Turow titled “Grim News”. The post expounds upon how the DOJ’s recent announcement it intends to file suit against major publishers for conspiring to fix prices on books is a terrible thing for everyone, and basically defends the assorted publishers’ actions. Click to read more...