Month: March 2016

Feedback is trickling in…


I got my first negative review on Amazon today. I feel like I’ve finally arrived.

It’s good to know what the book “…was totally without merit, it had nothing that held interest, made sense.” So, that’s exactly what I was going for, right?

On the other hand, I got this (paraphrased) casual feedback from a friend:

a) I really, really liked it

b) The power went out for 5 hours last night. Until I knew what caused it (because it was a good 40-mile radius of NO LIGHTS), I was quite the basket case. I fully blame your book.

So on the whole I’m feeling good. Some lady in Kansas isn’t a fan, but I got to freak out one of my friends!

(And if you’re reading this, I think it’s about time you went and posted your own review of Coyote on Amazon.)

Guest Author appearance


I’ll be contributing to The Other Side of Quiet tomorrow, March 17.

This is a blog run by friend and fellow author Tara C. Allred, designed to coach and encourage aspiring writers. Beginning authors submit work that is critiqued by established authors. Believe it or not, I’m on the critiquing side, as an established author. Who knew!

It’s a neat program. Go check it out!

Check back on Friday to see my contributions posted.

Update, 3/18/16: Follow the link to read my thoughts on the submission of the guest writer.


Did you read it?


What’s the most important thing a person can do to help an indie author out? Review the book on Amazon, Goodreads, and anywhere else you might leave reviews.

It seems like such a small thing, but think about it: Independently published authors don’t have a publishing house with a marketing department. There’s no book tour. There’s no write-up in the New York Times. Oprah hasn’t even read it yet.

But who has read it? You! You could tell your friends about this book you just read, and maybe a few of them will listen and buy it themselves. Or, if you posted a review on Amazon, you could tell your hundred-thousand closest friends about this book you just read. Maybe a few of them would listen. What’s the difference? A “few” of a hundred thousand is a lot of people.

Digital word of mouth: it’s the only real way that word of a new book can spread.

Give it a try yourself: Post a review here.

24 hours in…


About twenty-four hours have passed since I announced Coyote’s release into the wild. Setting up author pages, facebook posts, emails… I think I’ve communicated with more people today than any time in the last few years. All positive communication though. Onward and upward!

It’s alive! (or just “live”)

CoyoteThe Tales of Coyote

Coyote is live on! Yes, I finally pressed the publish button.

Like many things in life, the whole process was much more straight-forward than I expected. My thanks to Amazon for designing a simple and user-friendly self-publishing platform.

Now… everybody go buy the book!

So close…

CoyoteThe Tales of Coyote

I’m so close to pressing the Publish button on COYOTE. I may even get there today.

I’m at the “endless fiddling” stage now. Fix a grammar mistake here, change the structure of a sentence there. And good grief, how did I fail to capitalize that character’s name sixteen times?!