10 Technologies Vampires Could Use to Lure Their Prey

ORIGINAL POST Considering how profoundly it’s changed our lives, it’s small wonder that high tech has infiltrated the furthest reaches of society, and beyond. Consider the vampire. Once resigned to roaming the shadows in search of victims, save for the occasional flight of fancy in the form of a bat, these denizens of the dark…

Amazon’s KDP Select

Early last month, Amazon introduced their KDP Select Program for Kindle authors. This is a way to earn added royalties, use added promotional tools for your title, and get prime visibility on Amazon.com. Through KDP Select, Amazon Prime members can read any KDP Select Kindle eBook for free through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. From…

A Birthday Treat for OMGrey!

As some of you know, I also write under the pen name O. M. Grey. As Olivia, I’ve gathered many readers because of my candid relationship essays and podcast as well as my erotic fiction. Throughout each week I get several emails as well as comments on my blog posts from readers who enjoy my…

Guest Post: A Review of The Top 3 Comments Systems

One of the single best things about creating a blog is that when you’re interacting with users properly you’re creating dynamic and fresh content. A perfect example of this is when you create a piece of content for your blog which creates a lot of feedback in the form of comments from your readers. How…

10 Bad Twitter Practices

Last week I came upon this awesome article thanks to my dear friend Dr. Q. And I couldn’t agree more with almost everything she has to say. For those of you who follow me, you know I’m a pretty heavy Twitter user. I tweet, both live and automated, throughout the day. I have met friends…

European Writing Retreat!

Today I’m off to Europe for seven week, hopefully to get a novel written. The podcasts will post as normal on Fridays, but the rest may be a bit more sporadic. Do bear with me. I’ll still have internet access, of course, and if there is a topic on which you’d like me to write,…

Independent Spirit of Emerging Authors

Today is Independence Day. It’s a time to celebrate the independent spirit within each of us. Many of our cultures most famous authors started through self-publishing their works. Names like Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Beatrice Potter, Ezra Pound, Virginia Woolf, to name a few from history. For more contemporary examples, both the NYT bestseller The…

70% of Nothing…

Last week I read a post called “70% of Nothing is Nothing,” and it rather got my goat. Although the article went onto talk about the importance of quality in self-published works, something I emphasize in my blog and my book, the bulk of it carried the tone of discouraging authors to self-publish based on…

Creating Blog Content

Sometimes the hardest thing about keeping a blog is finding topics on which to write, especially if you’re looking for fresh content multiple times a week. The most important thing for writers to remember when blogging is that you’re doing it to serve the reader first. This means you don’t want to make the same…

Amazon Joins Big Publishing

Big news in New York Big Boy (NYBB) publishing. Whereas up until recently they’ve been known as the “Big 6,” they are now the “Big 7.” Amazon joins the traditional publishing world in a big way, with new imprints and an aggressive move to acquire new and established, best-selling authors. They are the new player…