I began to scream.
I’m Willie, I’m a Scotsman, and I like horror fiction.
A lot of my work, long and short form, has been set in Scotland, and a lot of it uses the history and folklore. There’s just something about the misty landscapes and old buildings that speaks straight to my soul. (Bloody Celts… we get all sentimental at the least wee thing).
Scottish history goes deep. You can’t swing a cat without hitting a castle or a historic monument or, from further back, a burial mound or standing stone. Five thousand years of living in mist and dampness, wind and snow, lashing rain and high seas leads to the telling of many tales of eldritch beings abroad in the dark nights. Add in the constant risk of invasion and war from Romans, Danes, Irishmen, Vikings and English and you can see that there’s plenty of fertile ground for both fact and…
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Some much-needed words (and numbers) indie authors must see to believe!
Sheron McCartha is a science fiction author, reader, and reviewer who blogs over at Scifi Book Review. She does a great job keeping track of what’s happening in the indie publishing world and has stopped by to share some good news. Take it away, Sheron…
Numbers. Bah! I work with words. So what can a bunch of numbers tell me that could help with my writing?
The Written Word (Freebooksy, Bargain booksy and other ad sites for authors) surveyed 38,000 authors. They compared a group of authors who made $100k or more a year (called $100k Authors) to authors making $500 or less a year (called Emerging Authors). Note that their group of authors are skewed toward the romance genre. Also note that a portion of the blockbuster authors didn’t engage in the survey as they were out on their boats drinking champagne, but still some interesting facts…
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Blogs first became popular when I was only a teen. At the time, most of us treated blogs like online journals to openly share mundane activities, or anonymously post our deepest and darkest secrets. Since then, blogs have grown to become much more – whether it’s big corporations handing out advice, or explorers sharing their stories from around the world.
With so many blogs, and so many endless possibilities when you start your own, it’s difficult to know where to start, how to start, who to start with, and how to move forward – and that’s fine. We were all there once.
So here are ten tips for the newbies in the blogging world.
1. Choose your Platform
I use WordPress to host this blog, and stand by it as the best blog hosting platform online. Of course, I haven’t tried them all, but I’ve tried my fair share over the years. Prior…
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