Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb 28

Touching the future of reading – ebooks on Kindle, Nook, iPad


This past weekend, I promised myself I’d sit down, shut out all distractions, and put together a rough outline for Book 2 of the Evan Gabriel trilogy (yes, it’s nearly official – Gabriel’s Redemption will be the first book in a science fiction/space opera trilogy…no better way to get noticed and have validity as a …

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Feb 23

Journey to self-published, Part 6 – The End?

No, not the end…just the beginning apparently. It’s official, I’m published, and anyone, anywhere can purchase the novel I worked so hard on. But now…how do I let everyone know it’s there? I’m afraid I don’t have any easy answers for this one, nor is this a complete story. The journey is ongoing, and will …

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Feb 22

My self-publishing journey, Part 5 – I’m published!

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Still there? My diatribe hasn’t bored you to tears? The journey’s almost to an end. Well, not really – but I’ll get to that in a bit. So I clicked upload, and my baby was sent to Amazon for review. Wow, I thought. That was quite painless. What happened to writing dozens of query letters, …

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Feb 21

Review of Asylum Lake by R. A. Evans


Just wrapped up Asylum Lake by R.A. Evans last night, and I have to say I really quite enjoyed it, even though I’m definitely not a typical horror reader by any stretch. It was very well written, the descriptions were vivid enough to show the scene in one’s imagination, yet not overly wordy. The characters, …

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Feb 20

My journey to self-published, Part 4 – Cover Art


So what is the next step in publishing my own ebook? Oh, right, one of the most important facets of a new author’s ebook. The cover. Cover you say? Who cares about the cover – since when do people judge a book by its cover? Get rid of that thinking right away. In the online …

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Feb 19

My journey from dreamer to author, Part 3


You’ve read my motivation, my journey to finishing a novel. The next step was a huge decision point. Do I (a) sit down and start writing query letters, or (b) look into self-publishing and print-on-demand, or (c) investigate this ebook rage/fad/phenomenon, or (d) go back to my regular life and call it a day? After …

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Feb 19

Scrivener’s hidden magic


For those of you who have been following my journey, or those of you who have met me online over the past couple of months, you’ve probably heard my constant, possibly annoying praise, of a little piece of software called Scrivener. It’s what I used to write my NaNoWriMo novel this past November. Microsoft Word? …

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Feb 18

My journey from dreamer to author, Part 2


I came home from my business trip on December 4th, didn’t touch the manuscript. I knew I had to set it aside for a while so that I could go back over it with fresh eyes; find mistakes, errors, inconsistencies I had glossed over during my 26 day sprint. But man that was tough to …

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Feb 16

My journey from dreamer to author, part 1


Just over a year ago, I was approaching a milestone age…not one that most are proud of reaching, one that made me start to reflect on what my goals were as a youngster. Among other things, one of those goals was to be a published writer by the time I hit that milestone. The problem …

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Feb 13

Gabriel’s Redemption Excerpt for #samplesunday

One large wallscreen dominated the wall opposite the ultra-modern food dispenser, the image showing a view from the Marcinko’s forward video feed. Jupiter was visible just on the edge of the screen, with its moon Callisto closer to the center, the entire scene sprinkled with stars. In the very center of the image sat two …

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Feb 09

Gabriel’s Redemption Now Available

I’m proud to say that as of this week, my debut novel Gabriel’s Redemption, the first in a planned triology, has been published on for Kindle, for Nook, and for multiple formats (iPad, Kobo, online HTML, etc.) It’s been an amazing journey from unpublished and aspiring to published and selling. The explosion …

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