Category Archives: self-publishing

How to get AI’s attention

“This approach of Visibility Marketing is not a new way of reaching readers per se, but a way of positioning yourself and your books for maximum impact.” David Gaughran, Amazon Decoded: A Marketing Guide to the Kindle Store Theoretically, anyone … Continue reading

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Sophomore novel: to publish or not to publish

“Whether I’ll publish the story depends on whether others like it.” Myself, January 2019. I ended my last post prophesying that the decision about publishing the nearly complete manuscript would be based on my readers’ reaction to the story. This … Continue reading

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January is this time of the year…

It has been four years since I (self-)published my novel, Initial Conditions, in January 2015. I began writing a second, unrelated story, in the spring of that year. It progressed very little until NaNoWriMo in November. In January 2016, I … Continue reading

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What makes a good book?

“What do you think makes for a ‘good’ book?… Is it too subjective to define or are there specific and universal elements that make up a ‘good’ book? How can you pull the reader in rather than push them away?” … Continue reading

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Love between the covers

“The noise was huge. Wherever they stood, sat, or wandered, they talked. Primarily women, he observed, some of them dressed for business, other drooping from travel. And all, he thought, studying the heaped luggage carts, with enough suitcases for a … Continue reading

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Writers’ advice on self-publishing

There is a lot of advice about writing and self-publishing. A recent tread from the kboards Writers’ Cafe, Time to Hang It Up, tackled the problem of a writer with academic credentials and several years of self-publishing experience, who, despite … Continue reading

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George Green’s birthday

When one is asked to name prominent English scientists who forged our understanding of electricity and magnetism, the two giants that immediately pop to mind: Michael Faraday (1791– 1867), who established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field, … Continue reading

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Sophomore novel – trying to recapture first love, or finding a second one?

“The problem with a second novel is that it takes almost no time to write compared with a first novel. If I write my first novel in a month at the age of 23 and my second novel takes me … Continue reading

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Celebrating first anniversary

I am celebrating the first anniversary of Initial Conditions, with a promotion and a giveaway. After ten years of writing and rewriting, I published my first novel, Initial Conditions, in early 2015. I watched it take tiny steps and nervously … Continue reading

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Publish or Perish – academia and self-publishing

“He published frantically while he was a post-doc and junior faculty…” From Initial Conditions When Danielle, the protagonist of Initial Conditions, wants to work on the recently-discovered dark energy, her new boss dissuades her, noting that “in a post-doctorate, you … Continue reading

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