publishing

Secluded Shelf 5 — The 2015 Edition

The time has come for another new blog feature that promises to occur regularly, but could just as easily fall into the online trash can as prey to my capricious whim! Thus, without further delay, I present Secluded Shelf 5 — an annual list of 5 texts that I feel are criminally undervalued or have […]



Self-Proliferating Like a Bread Mold

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Leave me to sit in a warm room for a while and I will start popping up all over the place. Take, for example, these spiffy, new instances of web-presence: My very own Goodreads Author profile. The Dark Outside at Barnes & Noble. The ebook at Kobo. If you haven’t […]



A Short Handbook for the Open Access Ebook Designer

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) (3/12/13 – Updated with some revisions suggested by Derik at MadInkBeard. Much obliged, sir!) (3/18/13 – Updated with a new link to cover design tips.) I’ve recently written about my plans to create and make available my own ebook. When I initially devised this idea, I had no idea how […]



Publishing Choices and Proxy Dilemmas

After some time spent investigating options and some deep contemplation, I’ve decided to publish my first collection of work through Smashwords.com. Currently, I’m coding, testing, adjusting, and generally getting the ebook ready for public consumption. I’ll let you know when it’s available, and that should happen pretty soon. Now, it’s important to mention that, per my earlier […]



Contemporary Book Cover Design (or, How Publishers Like to Upset Me)

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) Blech. An article in the New York Times — Favorite Book Cover Designs of 2012 — is what got me thinking about this. Actually, I need to interrupt myself here. Because that’s not entirely true. For a long time, I didn’t pay any attention to book covers. Then, after a recent, lengthy discussion […]



Imprinting Like a Baby Duck

(Originally posted on Blogger site.) I decided that, going forward, I’ll need some sort of icon/glyph/ward/snappy logo that I can use in future projects to seamlessly convey to you, the home consumer, that I have produced/authored/edited/endorsed the work contained therein. As such, I give you —