Retro 26: An Alphabet Book

By , July 16, 2013 10:29 pm

Feeling nostalgic? 

Check out Retro 26 on Amazon today!  Extra Sample Pages Below.

Two Sample Pages from RETRO 26: An Alphabet Book

Two Additional Sample Pages from RETRO 26: An Alphabet Book

Stop querying that old manuscript and move on already!

By , May 21, 2012 12:00 am


Happy Monday! 

This week one question is on my mind: How long is too long to query a novel?

Have an opinion?  Comment and let us know!

"Indie Progress" Cartoon by MMRule

Who’s Who of Twentieth-Century Poetry According to the USPS

By , May 7, 2012 12:00 am


I’ve recently become much more excited about paying my bills.  I visited my local USPS this week and saw that these stamps are available!  If you are an avid fiction reader, mix up your free time and check out works by these inspiring poets.  It is nice to take a break from the ever-consuming indie grind to really appreciate great literature from a different genre.


And if you have a fairly long commute like I do, try memorizing a short piece instead of listening to Adele sing on the radio.  Again.  I can’t be the only one who feels accomplished after memorizing something!  Right?!



"Indie Appreciation" Photo by MMRule

The Real Reason We Love to Write

By , April 23, 2012 12:00 am


As inspired by Elie Wiesel’s truthful quote:  God made man because He loves stories.

"The Indie Divine" Cartoon by MMRule

Why Writers Hate Clever People

By , April 16, 2012 12:00 am


"Indie Batman" Cartoon by MMRule

Five Types of Writers that Bog Down the eBook Market

By , April 9, 2012 1:30 am


Searching for an Agent Leads to the Discovery of…

As part of my agent search, I cruised through Amazon to check out authors who write books similar to my WIP.  When my search terms yielded a fairly lengthy list, I hoped that I found some great leads!  A few clicks later, I realized that most of the names led to self-published novels.  After I read a few sample pages and chapters, I created this list instead of crying for the future of publishing while eating ice cream out of the container.

No matter how learned or experienced we are, I think we writers somehow have a piece of each type deep inside of us!

…Five Types of Self Published Authors that Bog Down the eBook Market!

Angsty post-graduate.  Writes poetry that she believes is an enigmatic mirror to her soul, but everyone else recognizes that it is just nonsensical and dumb.  Believes that her poetry means that she is destined to be the next queen of literary fiction.  Her book has no plot.  At all.

Bored housewife.  Has read Twilight.  LOVES TWILIGHT!  TEAM JACOB OMG!  Writes for the YA market.  Still does not yet realize what YA means.

Mid-life crisis guy.  Has a soul sucking job and features characters with equally terrible work.  Thinks that being a professional means that he is actually too qualified to write a novel, but does it anyway as a hobby.  Hopes that his hobby will lead to millions of dollars so he may retire.  Likely does not read anything other than memos and reports.  Is afraid of the dark.

Egocentric.  This person has experienced something personally memorable yet mundane, like childbirth, illness, a family death, etc., and wrote a memoir.  The idea could work if he or she were a celebrity, but this isn’t the case.  Thinks that odd spelling and sentence structures give the memoir an innovative voice. Believes that every person is a unique snowflake.  Does not realize that journaling would have been the better option.

Johnny Good Writer.  Tells a good story.  Knows how to write a good query and good synopsis.  Never graduates past being good.  Manages to write original ideas by almost exclusively using cliches.

Are there more than five stereotypical types?  Comment and tell us about it!

Indie iPad Use

By , April 2, 2012 12:00 am


A typical Sunday means writing at least 2,000 words!  Can you tell which letters I didn’t hit?

"The Indie iPad" Photo by MMRule

Indie Writer Stereotypes Cartoon No. 3

By , March 26, 2012 12:00 am


"Indie Observations" Cartoon by MMRule

Indie Writer Stereotypes Cartoon No. 2

By , March 19, 2012 12:00 am


"Indie Creative Superstitions" Cartoon by MMRule

Indie Writer Stereotypes Cartoon No. 1

By , March 12, 2012 12:00 am


"Indie Writer Stereotype #1" Cartoon by MMRule

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