Analog Mindset

The debate between advocates of both traditional and indie publishing is still very much on, and it is certainly something that often gets asked of authors, myself included. I’ve talked a bit about my reasons for going indie in the past, but a couple days ago, Brian Niemeier put out an excellent post on theContinue reading “Analog Mindset”

The God Complex: Writing Genre Fiction as a Religious Jew

I make no secret of the fact that I am a religious Jew, and have been for my entire life. It’s also not something I talk about a lot on here or online, as it’s usually not relevant to writing, my main focus, and seeing as religious Jews are a tiny, tiny minority, bringing itContinue reading “The God Complex: Writing Genre Fiction as a Religious Jew”

Originality Versus Creativity

There was a great article that was shared around a few weeks ago, titled “Stop trying to ‘be original’ and strive to be prolific instead,” which discusses the importance of being prolific as a writer, making the point that contrary to what some literary circles say, being prolific does not mean a lower quality of work.Continue reading “Originality Versus Creativity”

How to Find a Cover Artist

As much as people like to say that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, the fact of the matter is that we very much do. In many respects, the cover is the most important way to attract readers, as a great cover that conveys your book’s genre, tone, and type of story willContinue reading “How to Find a Cover Artist”

Some Brief Thoughts on Marketing, As a New Author

It’s no secret that for many, many writers, marketing and promotion is much harder than doing the actual writing (and even if the writing is hard at times, I would hope we at least enjoy doing it). I, perhaps unsurprisingly, fall into this category. I’ve never really been a “people person,” in general, and whileContinue reading “Some Brief Thoughts on Marketing, As a New Author”

Still PulpRev

It’s been out over ten days already, but I only just saw this excellent post  by Dominika Lein, where she talks about her experience as part of the Pulp Revolution (also known as PulpRev) scene. It’s definitely worth checking out. While we’re here, I figure it’s as good a time to talk a bit about myContinue reading “Still PulpRev”

Why the #PulpRevolution Will Win

Those familiar with the Pulp Revolution know that it is in part a reaction against recent trends in the science fiction and fantasy fiction world, trends that have led, in the opinions of me, and many others, to poorer fiction. Message fiction predominates, and mainstream authors seem more keen on pushing their social justice agendaContinue reading “Why the #PulpRevolution Will Win”

Women Crying During Wonder Woman’s Fight Scenes, and the Problem with Modern Priorities

So, Wonder Woman was a good movie. In my opinion, a very good one, and definitely one of my favorite superhero movies of all time, largely because it maintained a good balance, in my view, between being s serious story but also remaining optimistic and fun (unlike previous DC movies.) Also, having a main character who wantedContinue reading “Women Crying During Wonder Woman’s Fight Scenes, and the Problem with Modern Priorities”

Let’s Talk About Consistency, and Keeping Promises to Readers

I know we all hate the Guardian, but even the most terrible sources can put out something worthwhile, on occasion. In this case, it was a nicely balanced article about George R. R. Martin’s infamous lack of productivity. It looks at both sides of the issue, from the one that states, “George R. R. MartinContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Consistency, and Keeping Promises to Readers”