Want some cheap Kindle scifi books?

July 22, 2016 Rob 0

I love to read. I also love to get books for super-cheap. As a result, I’m always on the lookout for deals on Kindle books. Sometimes I share these deals on Twitter and Facebook, and since I’m an Amazon affiliate, I make a few bucks here and there when somebody buys something using my links. Because of the capricious, ephemeral nature of these social networks, however, not many people actually see these posts. So, since I’m doing the work of […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 8: Cover Design

July 15, 2016 Rob 0

This is the fourth in a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. Part one is here.  Part two is here. Part three is here. Part four is here. Part five is here. Part six is here. Part seven is here. You can probably do most of the work of self-publishing your book yourself. One task for which you will probably want to seek outside help, however, is cover […]

A sale… and a sequel?

July 5, 2016 Rob 3

Recently I wrote about some of the struggles I’ve been through over the past few years, and how those struggles culminated in the writing of my latest novel, The Big Sheep. Pivotal to that course of events was another book I wrote called Starship Grifters. Starship Grifters still holds a special place in my heart. I think it’s my funniest book, and was definitely the most fun to write. Readers seem to like it too; currently it has 134 reviews […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 7: Paperbacks

July 2, 2016 Rob 0

This is the seventh in a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. Part one is here.  Part two is here. Part three is here. Part four is here. Part five is here. Part six is here.   Why Hard Copy? Most successful self-published authors sell far more ebooks than paperbacks. At present, over 90% of the sales of my self-published books are ebooks. Given the fact that […]

Outside the U.S.? Want a copy of The Big Sheep?

July 1, 2016 Rob 0

Recently I’ve had several people in faraway lands ask how they can get their hands on a copy of The Big Sheep. Currently foreign rights are under negotiation, so it’s difficult to get the book outside North America. If you’re not in the U.S. and you’d like to get a copy of The Big Sheep, please fill out this form to let my publisher know! The more people who express an interest, the better the odds of getting an edition […]

So I have a new book out today.

June 28, 2016 Rob 21

I had planned to do a big promotional post about my new novel, The Big Sheep, which is out today, but frankly I’m a little sick of all this marketing crap. So instead, I’m going to talk a little about myself and what this book means to me. About two and a half years ago, my life fell apart. I lost my job, had a book deal fall through, got separated from my wife, was forced to sell the house that I […]

Get Distopia for only $.99!

June 22, 2016 Rob 0

For a very limited time, my lighthearted epic fantasy Distopia is only $.99 on Kindle! A fearsome dragon roams the Land of Dis, and only one man can stop it: an awkward young missionary named Wyngalf. Accompanied by a beautiful stowaway named Evena and an oddball goblin who has been shunned by his clan, Wyngalf wants nothing more than to prove himself to his superiors in the Church of the Noninity. But Wyngalf is continually thwarted in his attempts to […]

“Like a sci-fi Kiss Kiss Bang Bang…”

June 22, 2016 Rob 0

My new novel The Big Sheep doesn’t come out until June 28, but reviews are starting to trickle in. I’m thrilled to say that the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Feast your eyes on these excerpts for a minute and then I’ll tell you how you can get a signed copy of The Big Sheep–and have a chance to win a Kindle Fire along with ten awesome scifi books. “Those who miss the quirky, funny “Dirk Gently” sf/mysteries of Douglas Adams will want […]

A glimmer of hope for the future

June 21, 2016 Rob 4

I got an interesting email the other day. It’s not uncommon for me to get emails asking for advice, help plugging a book, or offering me some service. Generally these emails range from midly annoying (“I can give your website more visibility!”) to downright insulting (“Can you tell me how you managed to get a publishing contract?”). I ignore at least 90% of these, and the few that I deem worth of a response I usually reply with a curt […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 6: Getting Your Manuscript Into Shape

June 17, 2016 Rob 1

This is the sixth in a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. Part one is here.  Part two is here. Part three is here. Part four is here. Part five is here. This isn’t a writing book, per se. I’m not going to give you a lot of advice about writing dialog, or creating dramatic tension, or any of a dozen aspects of fiction writing that […]

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