The Journal: Rushing This Out

In today’s Journal

* The Indie Author Mindset
* Something to Bear in Mind
* Of Interest

Rushing This Out

I came to the Journal late this morning. I have a lot about writing to talk about, but that will be for later.

For now, for those of you who are interested in marketing, I suggest Adam L Croft’s The Indie Author Mindset and maybe more specifically to marketing, David Gaughran’s book, Amazon Decoded: A Marketing Guide to the Kindle Store.

In full disclosure, I have not read either of these books, but both come highly recommended from a trusted source, Garry Rodgers.

I also recommend Dean Wesley Smith’s Think Like a Publisher and his books on Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing and of Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing.

Something to Bear in Mind

No matter what you read, change and growth can take place only when the discomfort of remaining where and how you are outweighs your fear of trying something new. If you don’t try, you short only yourself. If you do try and succeed—and if you try, you will succeed to some degree—you benefit the world.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Challenge Still Going Strong” at

See “Spies, Lies, and Algorithms” at Maybe a good resource if you write spy thrillers.

See “How To Get Your Self-Published Book Into Libraries” at

See “Who Are You Writing For?” at Yet more advice from an “author” (Hear the angelic chorus?) with one book published. Sigh. Take the advice with a large grain of salt. Still, maybe an interesting question to ponder.

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.