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 […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 5: Write the Novel You Want to Read

June 10, 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.   Getting published is easier than ever, but getting people to buy and read your book is still very difficult. Many struggling authors tend to focus on marketing, pricing, and the […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 4: Where Self-Publishing is Going

May 27, 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. In my last post, I proved a bullet point chronology of developments in self-publishing and e-publishing. Here are some takeaways from that chronology and from my own experience in publishing over the past seven […]

Self-Publish Your Novel Part 3: A Brief History of E-Books

May 20, 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.   When I wrote the original version of this book in 2011, I erred on the side of offering specific, technical advice rather than vague generalities. The result of this was […]

Self Publish Your Novel Part 2: Who the Hell Do I Think I Am?

May 13, 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.   In October 2010, I self-published a collection of humorous essays titled The Force is Middling in this One. As part of the marketing process, I combed through Amazon.com looking for […]

Self Publish Your Novel!

May 10, 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.   In 2011 I published a little ebook called Self-Publish Your Novel. By that time I had self-published two other books, one of which–Mercury Falls–was picked up by Amazon’s publishing venture, […]

I’m a bad novelist

April 20, 2016 Rob 11

“I need a new domain name,” I said to my friend Erin. “SFAuthor.net is boring.” “I think you should just use your name,” she said to me. “Your name is your brand. You have robertkroese.com, don’t you?” “Yeah,” I said. “But my name is too hard to spell and pronounce.” “How do you pronounce your name?” she asked. “RAH-bert,” I said. “Don’t be an ass.” “It’s pronounced KROO-zee.” “Seriously?” “Yeah. It’s terrible. And I want something with character. Back when I […]

Burning down the house: SJWs wreck the Hugos

August 24, 2015 Rob 41

I’m really supposed to be finishing up a book, but I’ve been putting off doing a post about this whole Sad Puppies/Hugo Awards deal for a while now, and if I don’t do it now, I probably never will. I doubt there are many people waiting for yet another blog post on this issue, but I occasionally get questions from people wondering what this whole kerfuffle is about, so here’s my take. First, a bit of background: The Hugo Awards […]

Let’s All Freak Out About Amazon’s Pay-Per-Page-Read Scheme!

July 7, 2015 Rob 0

Any time Amazon makes a change to the way it pays authors, people freak the hell out—and not without reason: Amazon currently controls over 60% of the ebook market, so for authors like me who subsist primarily on income from ebooks, Amazon has a lot of control over our lives. The latest freak-out has to do with Amazon’s decision to pay authors by the number of pages read, rather than paying them per download, in some cases. That “in some […]

Amazon, Hachette, and the progressive obsession with the Big Mean Corporation

July 10, 2014 Rob 2

As a conservative-leaning libertarian, I find myself at odds with most other novelists on a lot of political issues. Whether it’s minimum wage laws or Obamacare, most creative writers tend to favor progressive ideals over the rights of individuals to enter into voluntary business arrangements without government intervention. So it’s a little unsettling to find myself in agreement with someone like bestselling thriller-writer Barry Eisler in the Amazon-versus-Hachette squabble. Eisler, who is about as progressive as one can be, reacts to the latest over-the-top melodrama […]

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