• E-books,  Short Stories,  Writing Ideas

    How Much Does It Cost?

    I was at the Portage District Library last Thursday talking with a group of writers and one woman asked how much it cost to publish an ebook. I had to give the unsatisfying answer of “It depends.” I decided that would be a good topic for a blog, especially since Friday I uploaded the file for my first mini-mystery short story, EYE OF THE CROW. This short story is a continuation of the P.J. Benson Mystery series. It takes place two months after the end of EAT CROW AND DIE on P.J.’s and Wade’s wedding day, and it starts when P.J. steps into a bank where a robbery is taking place.…

  • Short Stories,  Writing Ideas

    Writing Short Stories

    The last Killer Nashville Conference session I want to summarize was on Short Stories, ranging from Flash Fiction (which might be anything from a few words up to 1000) to short stories that are nearly novellas. The panelists for this session were: Ray Anderson, Kay Elam, Robert Mangeot, Carolyn McSparren, and Debra Goldstein. Flash Fiction was defined as a moment in time. It was compared to a cheetah, while longer short stories were more like a leopard. With both Flash Fiction and the traditional Short Story, the time line is compressed and the number of characters limited. With both, the story usually ends with a twist. For many writers, they start…

  • Conferences,  Short Stories,  Writing Ideas

    Using Short Stories and Articles to Promote Your Novel

    During the Killer Nashville Conference I attended, there were two sessions on short stories. The Friday session was titled: “Using Short Stories and Articles to Promote Your Novel.” Since I have two short stories I’ve been working on that are connected to novels I have had published, I was eager to attend this sessions. Members of the panel were Daco Auffenorde, C. Hope Clark, Debra Goldstein, Michael Guillebeau, and Robert Mangeot. As the session’s title suggested, the panel members said magazine articles are one way to promote a book. First of all, the articles help with name recognition. Second,you can tie the article’s information to your book, and then give a…