Take a small bite

This is for all my friends who, like me, have a fulltime job and want to write, too. Try this. Even if you can’t squeeze 25 minutes into your day, try 10 or 15. 
How 25 Minutes A Day Can Help You Achieve Your Writing Dreams – SuccessWorks.

To market, to market

Over the last few years, I’ve met several authors who have been marketing their books. Most are independent. Some have hybrid contracts with publishing houses, and a few have traditional contracts. But I wouldn’t have met most of them if they hadn’t traveled to a book store or author fair or conference to talk about their books. Knowing something about marketing is critical these days. Here are four tips to consider.

4 Tactics To Create Brand Loyalty Through Relationship Marketing.

Scifi for me, please

If you asked me, I’d have to admit to wanting my scifi free of fantasy elements. Can’t help it. While I don’t mind dragons in movies, I’m not so willing to read about them. I want my “Ship who Sang.” You can have those “dragons of Perth.” This post explains the differences, the fusions, and their futures well.
Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction? – Charlie’s Diary.

No paper

When I met Bruce Sterling in the early ’90s, I didn’t know the bit of biography he reveals in this short reflection on Arthur C. Clarke. I think it explains, at least in part, why he was handing out computer disks with his own writing on it. And I learned a few things about Clarke, too.

Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of “2001: A Space Odyssey” | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

Artist needs support

Author hands book to student
Abbie Reese (seated) signs a copy of her book, Dedicated to God, at a preview for her film project, Chosen (Custody of the Eyes), April 22, at Rockford University.

Who doesn’t dream about having a book made into a film? Abbie Reese, who describes herself as an independent artist and researcher, is making her film a reality, but she needs some help. She’s been working on a project with the Poor Clare Colettines in Rockford, Illinois, for 10 years. That’s when she began wondering why a young woman would decide to spend her life in a cloistered community. “It’s a radical decision,” she says. Last year the book — Dedicated to God — came out from Oxford University Press. Now she’s looking for funding for the film, Chosen (Custody of the Eyes). I went to a preview of the work-in-progress last night. I think it’s fascinating. Please take a moment to visit the film site, learn about Abbie’s project, and consider making a donation. Thanks.

Sell it

Two Florida indie authors have opened a bookstore that sells only indie-published books. There’s an idea worth spreading.

First Bookstore Dedicated to Self-Published Authors Opens in Florida.