SHARE: Thoughts on creativity

bookshelfMaria Popova has a great post on BrainPickings.org about Paul Cronin’s book of discussions with filmmaker Werner Herzog, A Guide for the Perplexed. Although Herzog’s focus is on film-making, his advice for leading a creative life applies to anyone in the the arts fields. When I read it, it sang to me of the struggles indie writers face.

Read the whole article HERE.

SHARE: Epic book cover fails

Um, this looks like a rejected cover for Lolita. A bit of art recycling going on?

Um, this looks like a rejected cover for Lolita. A bit of art recycling going on?

Here’s a good post found through Twitter today. The Guardian Books Blog has an amusing post on The five worst book covers ever. And yes, the examples they give are great examples of false (and often bizarre) advertising.

It highlights the importance for indies to be extra careful when selecting a cover for their books. Strive for eye-catching and original, but make sure the imagery matches the story. Many authors crowdsource opinions on design choices (at websites such as kindleboards.com) before selecting a cover. That’s a great idea.

So what’s the worst book cover you’ve ever seen?

SHARE: Indies surging

Look at the results of two surveys in Publishers Weekly HERE that offer some encouraging news for indie writers. Particularly of note:

  • The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the e-books on Amazon’s bestseller lists.

  • DRM (digital rights management) “harms e-book sales at any price point.”

  • Self-published books now represent 31% of e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store.

  • Indie authors are earning nearly 40% of the e-book dollars going to authors.

  • Self-published authors are “dominating traditionally published authors” in sci-fi/fantasy, mystery/thriller, and romance genres but — and here is the surprise — they are also taking “significant market share in all genres.”

Six Questions

Indie Author Chris Blewitt invites me over to this blog today for interview with just six questions. You can read them HERE.

Chris is the author of bestselling sports novel about Augusta National Golf Course, Deep Rough, among other books, including the Foxworth Academy series. Read more about his works at his Amazon author page HERE.

His website: http://www.chrisblewitt.com/

Follow his tweets at @cblewitt.

The Daily Tip: Find Your Type

tipsCATEGORY: Design Tools

DESCRIPTION: DaFont.com

Are you designing a book cover and you need a font that matches the mood of the story perfectly? Visit this great website for hundreds of free font designs to download in categories such as basic serif & sans-serif, fancy, calligraphic, gothic, holiday and foreign look. NOTE: A few fonts have restrictions that would prevent them from being used for commercial purposes, so be sure to read the fine print before you download.

URLs: http://www.dafont.com/

Petition: Why indies love Amazon

dave3There’s a lot of misinformation about Amazon and its conflict with Hachette Publishing right now. Please take the time to read this petition shared by author David Gaughran to learn the truth and why indie writers like myself are grateful to Amazon:
http://www.change.org/petitions/authors-to-thank-our-readers-2

Interview: Infinite House of Books

wrapkindle300x480I did a fun interview with Infinite House of Books today. You can read it here.

Be sure to browse through this wonderful web site run by author Shannon Muir for more author interviews and book blog tours.

 

The Daily Tip: Six words says it all

tipsCATEGORY: Writer’s prompts

DESCRIPTION: Six-Word Memoirs

Oh how I love Six-Word Memoirs.

SMITH Magazine has a standing invitation to everyone around the world: tweet a personal memoir to their Six Words Twitter page. Condensing your life into just six words? It’s more difficult than you think. They also run specially themed memoir contests from time to time. The past two years they have also sponsored a six-word fest, inviting the public to interact with celebrities.

The word for Six Words: FUN!

URLs: http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/

https://twitter.com/sixwords

The Daily Tip: Grab a Mug

tipsCATEGORY: Writer’s prompts

DESCRIPTION: Mug Shots from the 1920s

Playing with prompts daily or weekly is a great way to warm up the brain before writing. Take a long look at one of these memorable mug shots and surely you’ll be inspired to write a story.

URL: http://imgur.com/a/J07EZ#b2rzPT4

Smashwords Summer Sale

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As a way to say “thanks” to all of my loyal readers, I’m participating in the Smashwords July Summer/Winter sale. Use the coupon code SSW75 at checkout to take 75% off the price of any of my ebooks. BIG SAVINGS through July 31, 2014! Start shopping HERE!