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Monthly Archives: April 2011

B.V. Larson, the Amazon eBook King

B.V. Larson has skyrocketed to success with over 200,000 eBooks sold on Kindle. He’s a prolific writer with a broad spectrum of genre, which is unusual. Conventional publishers would never tolerate such nonsense. They wouldn’t know how to market. Tor would go bonkers if Greg Bear wrote a romance. The game is changing. If you’re your own publisher you decide what is best for you. That doesn’t mean you’ll make all the right choices. My own frustrations in marketing made […]

Robert J. Sawyer’s Flash Forward, a scientific snafu

To say I don’t buy into time travel, even in the unconscious state of Robert J. Sawyer’s novel Flash Forward, is an understatement. Do I believe CERN could be responsible for a worldwide blackout? Perhaps that’s possible, and certainly enough of a premise to drive a story. Do I believe that survivors would all visit a destined future in some sort of 21 year time shift, and come back thinking it was a vivid hallucination they couldn’t explain? Sorry, no, […]

Michael McCollom, a Pioneer in the eBook Industry

It takes a lot of work and a lot of years for most writers to be noticed. Writers that are serious about their craft must have perseverance. Without, chances are that you’ll fade into oblivion even if you manage to somehow get published. The first thing you notice when you visit SCI FI – Arizona is that Michael McCollum is like a Diehard Battery. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, Michael McCollum writes about spaceships as if they were real. In […]

Insights from Sci-fi Thriller Author Jeremy Robinson

Inspiration comes from success. Most authors, want-a-be or even published can’t help but admire writers like Jeremy Robinson. He has the knack to turn his skill as a writer into a business and actually make a living. It takes hard work, but a lot of us work hard but success eludes us. As an author myself, I decided to ask the questions that might help. Thanks to Jeremy for being a willing participant. Jeremy Robinson is now the author of […]

Kristen James, a Love Affair with Writing

Facebook seems to be a new force in marketing. Kristen James is banking on it. It’s part of her strategy to get fans to purchase her eBooks. She only just started her Facebook campaign the 1st of March and is already getting positive feedback. Another strategy is giving away eBooks through Amazon in hopes of getting good reviews. It’s the spark all writers hope for that haven’t landed a big publisher. It’s the way Amanda Hocking got her start, and […]

Hollywood’s Influence on Authors

No doubt there are authors that don’t care and never envision their stories on the big screen, and some probably even dread the prospect. It’s just a guess, but I’ll bet most authors dream about who would be good actors and actresses to portray their main characters. Some authors even write with certain actors and actresses in mind, and are probably influenced by some performance in a particular favorite movie. I admit I love movies, and I do hope to […]

The Best Sci-fi Movies Ever

When it comes to movies, I’m always amazed at which movies get top rating, and where some of my favorites fall in lists of hundreds. Some lists don’t even mention some of my favorites. I’m often thinking that the critics don’t know what they are talking about, or someone is shoving money in their pocket. My own science fiction doesn’t exactly run in the mainstream. It’s far from hardcore, but I don’t find that most sci-fi movies fall into the […]

Unstoppable: Fast Paced Action

How exciting can a runaway train be? Well, it had me fidgeting in my seat. Of course, I love trains, which is probably evident if you look at the cover of Harvesting Terra. So, what does a science fiction near future adventure novel have in common with a real life story? For one, an exciting train scene. True, it would probably last less than 15 minutes in a movie, but there’s plenty of action before and after, plus some not […]