Month: September 2017

Checking On The Process: A Book Marketing Plan

Ah, book marketing, the part of the publishing process that every author dreads. I’m just starting out, and it was painful for me too, but by sticking to my organized approach and breaking ithings down into smaller tasks, it’s turned out to be surprisingly pleasant. This approach isn’t for everyone, but hopefully, if you’re an indie author too, you’ll find a bit of comfort the next time you need to think about book marketing. It’s time to check in on The Process!

Reading List: Memoirs of War on the Eastern Front

Photo from Deutsches Bundesarchiv via Wikipedia

I’ve noted before how World War II continues to provide an endless bounty of fascinating stories and inspiration for writing. Perhaps because of this, there hasn’t been much impetus in the English-speaking world to turn its attention away from the battles that the Western powers fought in North Africa, Italy, France and the Pacific. In fact, the only dent made by the war between the Soviet Union and Germany in cultural consciousness that I can remember was the moderately successful movie, Enemy at the Gates, about the Battle of Stalingrad.

One of the great joys of writing historical fiction is doing the research. To be able to shed light on hidden corners and discover things you wouldn’t normally have a chance to.

Setting Type: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Above: A very lifelike drawing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with a certain 5-year-old guest ninja

These days, I’m obsessed to an inordinate degree by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If I’m not watching them with my kids, I’m fending off pleas for TMNT toys or, most painfully of all, searching for pieces of Mega Bloks TMNT sets on the floor. So, in an effort to streamline my time, I’m going to bring the turtles into my blog.