Jonathan Maberry Exclusive Interview: Publishing, Writer’s Block, and More

Typically, after I interview an author, I read through my pages and pages of notes and try to find an overarching theme to guide my post. But I had some difficulty doing that after my chat with New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry. Maybe it’s because his work is not only prolific, but also…

Unconventional Book Promotion with E.C. Ambrose – Part 1

Editor’s note: Today, we are hugely fortunate to have with us a debut author whose marketing is as off-the-beaten-track as her writing.  Please welcome a truly modern medievalist: E.C. Ambrose! Your goal as a self-promoting writer is to spread the buzz—and anything striking or unique about your work and your presentation is likely to get…

Writing Honestly: One Author’s Success Story

Most writers will tell you they’ve always wanted to write. They’ve always loved stories. They’ve always had characters in their heads. Jasmine Warga was no different. But while she loved writing, she wasn’t sure she could ever be an author. “I knew there were people who wrote for a living, but somehow it never seemed…

5 Secret Advantages of the Unpublished Writer

Editor’s note:  Haven’t forgotten about Contest 2.0, we promise!  The DFWcon squirrel-monkeys are still finalizing a few last details before we announce it to the world.  Stay tuned! Look, guys – let’s be real.  We’re in this because we love our stories and want other people to love them too.  Nobody would have the skin…

Traditional vs. Self-Publishing: Been There, Done That – Part 2

Editor’s Note:  This is Part 2 of a series.  You may want to start with Part 1 if you missed it! -TT So, having self-published my book, I approached DFWCon#6 with that book under my arm, and a practiced pitch and query letter ready for action.  Surely the agents would line up to talk to…