Flask of the Drunken Master, Deer…and a Frog in a Glass

The title might seem random, but I promise the three things listed above have more in common than you might believe. I spent some time chatting with Erin from Oh, For the Hook of a Book about my recent travels in Japan (with brand-new photos I haven’t shared elsewhere!) , the upcoming release of Flask of the Drunken Master, and the samurai I’d like to invite to tea. Hop over and join us for all the fun–and pictures!–at Oh For the Hook of A Book! And if you’d like a chance to win a copy of Flask of the Drunken Master or Blade of

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Publishing 101: Authors’ Release Phase Marketing

Today, the Publishing 101 series takes a look at release phase marketing in the author’s journey. As I mentioned last week, this series will look only briefly at author marketing, but we’ll come back to the issue. The next series, which will start in April or May (as soon as this one finishes) will focus on effective author marketing. In its most expansive definition, “release phase” starts when pre-orders go live, but you won’t start the heavy lifting that early.  Release Phase Marketing starts, in its earliest sense when your book can be “purchased” (which includes pre-orders) and continues through the

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How an Author Becomes an Astronaut

Nine years; 500,000 words; one dream; one week to go. The eighteen months since my agent, Sandra, sold my debut novel have passed much faster … and much more slowly … than I imagined. At times the days dragged out with unreal slowness. The time between the sale and publication seemed never-ending. Weeks passed without any word from my editor, and even though those weeks were a normal part of the publishing process, the stretches of silence weighed on my mind like the world on Atlas’s shoulders. At other times, I marveled at how fast the time flew by. I’d

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