Surf Report, August 15, 2012

I find historical accounts like this highly entertaining! 🙂

On my wish list for 2013 ~,~

Feast Day of St. Arnulph of Soissons, an 11th-century French patron of brewers. In the year 1612, brewers John Kempster and John Byrd of Bayton, Worcestershire, were charged with making beer “too well,” and selling it at their pubs for only a penny a pint. According to a petition signed by neighbors, Continue reading

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Food for Thought

I’m beginning to think I’d be a lot further along in the game of publishing had I taken this route 2 years ago.  Hmmm…what do you think?  Amanda Hocking did it quite successfully, and now Barry Eisler’s about to switch gears and self-publish.

Here are some links to peruse and contemplate.  I’d love to know  if you’d give a self-published romance novel a read even though there’s a certain stigma of inferiority attached to such literary works.

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which Way Will You Make More Money?

Nathan Bransford says:  “Thanks to Barry’s [Eisler] wonderfully transparent conversation with Joe Konrath, we know he was offered $500,000 for two books, turned it down, and currently plans to (I believe) self-publish his e-books on Amazon with a price around $4.99, or via Smashwords.”

Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know by David Carnoy

Mr. Carnoy explains in great detail–easily readable–25 points for those considering the self-publishing route.  Definitely some good food for thought.

Tools for Secure Self-Publishing

LockLizard is a service that Safeguards PDF Security and stops unauthorized distribution of your PDF documents and files, controls what users can do with them, and how long they can be used.

Seller Tools: Five Ways to Sell your Digital Goods Online

Great article on how to sell your work on your own website or blog.

Digital Goods Delivery

Sell downloads on your website and/or eBay with PayPal!

With Payloadz  you can easily upload your PDF, get a buy button and sell your ebook.

How to Publish and Distribute Your Ebook with Smashwords!  It’s fast, easy and FREE!  Publish to the Apple iPad, B&N nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, iPhone and more…  Earn 85% Net at Smashwords, and 60% of List Price from Major Ebook Retailers

Lis’Anne ~ 🙂


Sorry I slacked off posting over the past several months.  The Southern Lights Writers Conference is gearing up and I’m on the committee this year.  So much to do, so little time!

Recently I had suffered from extreme writer’s block. I couldn’t even muster up the energy to read my faves unless it was emailed to me. When I heard the great Nathan Bransford quit agenting to take a job with CNET, severe depression set in. 😦  Not that I ever intended to query him since I don’t write what he used to represent, but he was a damn good agent. His career change added to the perception of the publishing world crumbling in this horrid economy. I’m so very glad he’s still blogging about books, and even more thrilled to see debut romance authors appearing left and right!

I had a major writing breakthrough a few days ago that re-energized me–and one of my critique partners talked me into starting a new blog venture with her–Chicklets in the Kitchen–about what’s happening in each of ours. The neatest part of this one is taking pictures of our culinary masterpieces and sharing recipes along with our writing lives.  We have some guest bloggers lined up to share the goings-on in their kitchens, as well.

So, I’m back, but with no guarantees on how often I’ll post here. Happy reading & writing!


Surf Report, May 9, 2010

Writer Unboxed blog member, Barbara Samuel, on Layering Depth of Character:

“I’ll begin with a character bio, third person, interviewing her, but not in the usual ways. Alison Hart (Jennifer Greene) once posted a trick she uses, which is to look inside the purse or glove box of a character, or both. I do both. I also like to see the inside of the car—is it messy or tidy? My car usually looks like someone is moving—books and canvas grocery bags and change scattered all over the floors. My partner has tools and running clothes of various weights and dog clutter from his side business. Continue reading