Kickstarting Your Novel

March 2, 2017 Rob 0

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here.   Writing a novel is hard. Making money on a novel is even harder. If your book doesn’t find an audience, it may never happen. One way to minimize risk and accelerate the […]

Announcing: editing services!

February 28, 2017 Rob 0

Are you working on a book? Do you know someone who is? I am now offering editing services for fiction and non-fiction works. I offer developmental editing, copy editing and line editing/proofreading, as well as assistance with formatting books for publication in both ebook and paperback formats. I have written fifteen novels in addition to a non-fiction guide to self-publishing, and have also edited several books. If you are looking for an editor for your project, please contact me at rob […]

Using Amazon’s KDP ads to sell your book

January 3, 2017 Rob 0

I’ve got a guest post up today on Jane Friedman’s blog about using KDP ads to sell books on Amazon. If you are a self-published author or aspiring author, you should definitely check it out. The post is excerpted from the completely revised version of my book Self-Publish Your Novel. The new version should be available on Amazon in a few weeks. If you’d like to be alerted when Self-Publish Your Novel is available, please go here and enter your […]

As promised, I’m leaving the country

November 13, 2016 Rob 4

A lot of celebrities have already broken their promises to leave the country if Donald Trump is elected President. I want to reassure you, however, that I still fully intend to keep my promise. I will be leaving for Costa Rica on January 12, 2017–a week before Trump’s inauguration. Granted, I was going to do this if Hillary won too, and I will most likely be returning to the U.S. in March, but the important thing is that I’m keeping […]

The Curious Case of Chelsea Cain, Part 2: Narrative Trumps Facts

October 28, 2016 Rob 5

Who needs facts? We’ve got a narrative to push! On Wednesday I published a post about the circumstances surrounding writer Chelsea Cain’s departure from Twitter. The prevailing narrative at that time was that Cain had been chased off Twitter by harassment from an army of misogynistic trolls. I dug into the matter a bit and found no evidence of any sort of harassment or abuse. Since then, there have been a few developments. First, someone finally managed to produce a […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 9: Ebooks

October 21, 2016 Rob 0

  This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click here. Creating an e-book is actually quite a bit simpler than creating a physical book. The two main e-book formats are MOBI (.mobi) and ePub (.epub). Amazon’s Kindle (.azw) is a variation of […]

Come hang out with me in Costa Rica this winter

October 17, 2016 Rob 1

After moving away from California, I spent the winter of 2015 in Michigan, which was enough to remind me why I never wanted to spend another winter in Michigan. So last year I decided to take a break from the cold and gray for a while. I had long wanted to visit Costa Rica, and I found a listing on AirBnB for a small resort near Alajuela called Norma’s Villas. The price seemed reasonable, the pictures were gorgeous, and the […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 8: Cover Design

July 15, 2016 Rob 0

    This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click 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 design. Being an amateur […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 7: Paperbacks

July 2, 2016 Rob 0

    This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click 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 it’s […]

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

June 17, 2016 Rob 1

This post is part of a series of posts about self-publishing. I’m revising my book Self Publish Your Novel and posting the chapters as I finish them. If you’d like to be alerted when the new version of Self Publish Your Novel is available, please click 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 […]

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