Why ‘A Confession’ Is Coming from GenZ Publishing

Since writing my latest book, ‘A Confession,’ I’ve gone through a series of back-and-forth conversations with myself about how to share this new work with the world. I’ve self-published before (twice) so I know that world pretty well. It’s filled with freedom and creative control and it’s a great solution for anyone who wants to get their work out there. It also hasn’t worked all that well for me. Part of that reason could very well be the quality of my previous work. I’ll be honest – some of it’s…

Celluloid Cowboy: What Indie Publishing is For

With the experiences I’ve had so far as an independent author, I’ve come across quite a few like-minded individuals. The problem is that some of them aren’t that great at writing something that grabs me (sorry, but it’s true). Some of them, however, are.  This is where Scott C. Rogers falls with his debut, Celluloid Cowboy. To be honest, at first I really wasn’t very interested in reading his book. The cover art definitely screamed indie, and the premise seemed a bit cliche (man’s life sucks, is presented with chance…

A Lot of Self-Published Books Really Suck

I’m a self-published (i.e. “indie”) author, and I’ll be the first to say it: a lot of self-published books really suck.  I mean really.  They’re horrible – filled with typos, grammatical errors, poor storytelling, bad research, and so on. That’s the biggest problem with how easy it is to publish your own book now – these suckfests bring down the name of self-publishing and tarnish anything with “self-published” immediately as being suspect.

The Shack by William P. Young: A Self-Publishing Success Story

William P. Young’s sensation, ‘The Shack,’ is surely one of the best examples of a self-publishing success story. Originally written as a Christmas gift for his six children, the story was also shared with additional family and friends… who in turn shared the story with their friends, leading to the suggestion that Young publish the book via traditional publishing channels, thereby making it available to the world. As one can surmise, Young was met with trepidation by the major publishing houses  – both religious and secular. So, Young, along with…

On Self-Publishing: Amazon Createspace vs. Lulu.com

As a self-published, “indie” author, I often receive questions from other writers looking to take a stab at publishing on their own and avoiding the traditional publishing route. The other day I received one such question, from Twitter follower melissaonline. Here’s what she asked: How did LuLu work for you? Quality, experience, Amazon? Looking for opinions!! Have you tried CreateSpace? Trying to pick!! Having written her a fairly lengthy response, I felt it might be useful to others as well, and therefore am sharing it here on my site: To…