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Writers: When you’re down dooby-do, down, down…

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  1. Some snooty, snotty gurus will tell you not to write faster than they can. Some fascists will tell you you’re writing too slow. This is why every scout must have their own compass. Don’t get lost. Use your own compass. Get away from the rest of the troop and leave them in the woods to feed the ticks and snakes. Find your way into town and get ice cream.
  2. No matter how much you accomplish, someone will tell you that you should never have tried and you’re doing you all wrong. Don’t believe me? Someone said recently that Stephen King can’t write. Seriously. 
  3. Sometimes, it seems we are surrounded by dream killers, trolls and monsters. Those cowards scatter like cockroaches and skitter under the fridge when you turn the light on them, though. They don’t talk like that to people in person. If they did, Mom and Dad would revoke their computer privileges. Adult trolls would have all their teeth knocked out if they tried that shit in person. Ignore and forget them. You’ve got worlds to build, stories to tell and braingasms to deliver.
  4. We are also surrounded by people who aren’t jealous and who bear you no ill will. These are people who take pleasure in the success of others. They actually want to enjoy your work and they’re ready to be entertained. They want you to succeed and they understand that another person’s success or failure has nothing to do with their destiny. Spend more time with these people. 
  5. I don’t have much for you if you’re feeling downtrodden. Nasty words sting. That’s what nasty words are built to do. However, it will ease your pain considerably to be one of the writers who inspire widely, encourage eagerly, coach privately and applaud loudly. 

The only remedy I know for dickishness is to make sure you don’t add another dick to the pile. Wherever you are, you can bring down Earth’s Dickishness Index today and every day. It’s a beautiful life. 

~ Robert Chazz Chute then nodded and smiled to all assembled, leapt on the back of a unicorn, galloped over a rainbow bridge and retreated to a magical cave to create another fabulous nightmare of the coming apocalypse. Find out more about his visions of our robot, zombie and demon-filled futures at AllThatChazz.com. Cyberpunk? Dark fantasy? SF? Mysteries? Thrillers? That’s all that Chazz jazz. 

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You could get your next book formatted for free.

In a rush?

The questions that will enter you into a draw for free formatting of your next novel can be found at the bottom of this article under “But what’s a fair price?” What’s in it for you is under the subhead, “What’s in it for you?”

Here’s the problem for many authors

I once paid a guy on Fiverr to format one of my first books. He did a good job. The project had a bunch of extras, so no, it wasn’t just five dollars but it was still cheap. When I went back to the same guy for my next book, I had to throw out what he sent me. Sadly, you often get what you pay for. Dependability is worth a lot and outcome is everything.

Lately, I’ve been surveying the field, looking for what a fair price might be. There seems to be a huge divide. You can get a book formatted very cheaply or it can get crazy expensive. I suspect the designers who demand very high fees are wearing monks’ robes and the ink on their blessed stamps is infused with the blood of angels. Yeah, it can get that expensive. Like, it’s-a-cult! expensive. 

I’ve found another solution that gives me a better outcome than trying to format print books with the automated programs currently available. So, great! I have a solution. Now comes the but…

But what’s a fair price? Please tell me:

  1. How much do you pay for formatting your ebooks and paperbacks now?
  2. How much are you willing to pay for text formatting?
  3. Any thoughts you’d like to add?

What’s in it for you?

A company (in which, full disclosure, I have an equity share) will soon be offering a book formatting service. All those who answer the questions above will be entered into a draw. Ten people will win the raffle to receive their ebook and print books, fully formatted and free. You could be among the first to try us out.

Comment below to enter the draw or send your comments to expartepress@gmail.com.

Terms and conditions: Not much. This is just for novels at this time, not non-fiction. No skill testing question bullshit. Just your opinions on what an author should budget for book formatting services. Available to authors worldwide, void where prohibited. (I think that’s pretty much just Quebec. Sorry Quebec.) 

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Writing shorter, despite the prevailing wisdom

Machines Dream of Metal Gods (Medium)

So, FYI, I just launched the Robot Planet Series. I think I’m on track to be the Apocalyptic Guy now. That suits my worldview. I’ve got a massive zombie apocalypse, a cool demon apocalypse series and now the rise of the Next Intelligence threatens us all.

I have a deep catalogue of longer work but I’ve moved into writing novellas in a series. Thirty-thousand words isn’t nothing but it’s half the size of my usual novels. When Kindle Unlimited changed terms so we get paid by page reads instead of the 10% threshold, a lot of people decided they’d begin writing long again. I think it’s more about keeping people reading than about length, but to each his or her own.

I could write a full novel every two to three months, but at 30,000 words or so, I can keep the action very tight and publish more often. Sales interest me more than KU borrows. I look at that as an extra, not to be depended on or even thought of much. On the other hand, nobody knows yet for sure but, if projections are correct, I seem to be doing better with KU2 than with KU1 terms.

Coming up with action-packed reads that get out faster is fun and energizing. It also suits a lot of people’s lifestyles (i.e. gimme something that’s a quick read because I’ve got too much stuff to do.) 

Publishing more often also boosts visibility within Amazon’s eco-system. I’ll show up on more Also Bought ribbons. That interests me very much.

It’s up to you.

Write short. Write shorter. Write long. Write even longer. Write however long the story demands. Just have fun with it and readers will climb aboard your crazy train. I’d much rather focus on the story itself than worry about Kindle Unlimited terms.

Writing good books will pay. That’s where my focus remains.

~ Get your complimentary download of a review copy of #1 in the Ghosts and Demons SeriesThe Haunting Lessons at AllThatChazz.com. 

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Book Marketing Magic: What You Can Learn from Amazon

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

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It would be hard to find anybody who can sell books better than Amazon.

At first, this seems like a great benefit of self-publishing. Just throw your book on Amazon, and the word’s greatest bookseller will sell your book for you, right?

Too bad it doesn’t work that way. Even though you may have heard others speak of book marketing, you stubbornly cling to the hope that you won’t need to learn it.

You just have to see for yourself to realize that you need to market your book.

And then book marketing seems like magic. Only you can’t find the right magic words. Or if you do, apparently you don’t pronounce them quite right. When you try using smoke, mirrors, and sleight of hand, it just doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to.

But it’s not really magic. You want easy and instant…

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Fierce Lessons, The End of the World and a free ebook

Enough of worries about Amazon KU and the coming apocalypse. Let’s talk about a fun little Armageddon.

It is time for great fun and a free ebook, isn’t it? Please click the covers for your links.Fierce Lessons (Large)

The third book in the Ghosts & Demons Series, Fierce Lessons, is now available.

In your new favorite dark urban fantasy, join the Choir Invisible to save the world.

Come to fight demons in California. Stay for the very Buffy banter. 

End of the World (Large)

Click the image to get The End of the World As I Know It. Climb into the ride that is book two in the series and see what blows up from New York to Iowa.

Oh…but you want the first in the series, right?

You want to meet Tammy Smythe and see how the adventure begins.


For a limited time, you can get a review copy, sweet and easy.

Click The Haunting Lessons below and

shoot over to my author site, AllThatChazz.com, to join the Choir Invisible and find out what all the fun is about.

The Haunting Lessons (Large)
From Iowa to New York, the world is changing. You can’t quite see it yet. Then you’ll see it everywhere. 

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Originally posted on Armand Rosamilia:

My, us authors are an impatient lot. Over and over.

With the new change in Kindle Unlimited, I’ve seen some horrific comments on Facebook about how Amazon is going to kill their sales, and they aren’t author-friendly, and blah blah blah…

Amazon is a business. They are in the business of making money, not pandering to an indie author making them $50 in sales a month. Get real. If you want to jump ship and never use Amazon again, so be it… but there isn’t a viable alternative. I’m sure someone will jump up and ‘brag’ they sell more on SmashWords or Kobo or some other portal, but you’re a rare author indeed. The last time someone shouted about it I found out they sold about $100 a month on Kobo and $75 on Amazon. Under $200 in sales a month is not a career to me. It’s a fun…

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Storytelling in literary fiction: let’s discuss

Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:

New_dress_DSC09958There’s a tendency among many writers of literary fiction to opt for emotional coolness and ironic detachment, as though fearing that any hint of excitement in their storytelling would undermine the serious intent of the work.

That’s Husband Dave last week, reviewing Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel The Buried Giant on his blog and discussing why it failed to grab him .

An anonymous commenter took him to task, asserting: To have a “sudden fight scene” would be cheesy and make the book more like YA or genre fiction (i.e. cheaply gratifying).

Oh dear. Furrowed brows chez Morris. Setting aside the disrespect that shows of our skilful YA or genre writers, how did we come to this?

When did enthralling the reader become ‘cheap’? Tell that to Hemingway, DH Lawrence, Jane Austen, William Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Dickens, Steinbeck and the Brontes, who wrote perceptively and deeply of…

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Why You Will Probably Never Make A Living As An Author

Originally posted on Brandon R. Luffman:

A long, meandering post wherein I grind your dreams under my boot heel – and then lift you back up, maybe.

That’s a pretty grim headline isn’t it? After all, so many of us are chasing just that exact dream: Quit the day job and spend all day following our imaginary friends around our fictional worlds – in between rounds of Candy Crush and Peggle, of course. Sitting in your underpants, swilling coffee and slinging words. What’s not to like?

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The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

ChickenLittleAre you scared yet? Because you should be scared. Something really bad is about to happen. It affects all of us.

Our livelihoods are at risk. The ability to support our families. It’s just over the horizon. It could happen any minute. It’s coming for all of us!



I’ve been around for long enough to know that authors can be a skittish bunch. Probably something to do with our over-active imaginations, with an assist from that old writers’ favorite: the whiskey brunch.

More seriously, we are going through a period of unprecedented change so it’s perfectly normal for people to be a little fearful. I think the disruption we are all experiencing is greater than that which has been faced by similar industries. In fact, I think the transition from print book to e-book is akin to going straight from vinyl to MP3, with all that…

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