So, You Want To Be A Fiction Writer!

My newest ebook (a free download) is titled, So, you want to be a fiction writer! It discusses and analyzes the learning curve encountered in beginning to write stories.

Here’s the “official” book blurb:
Whenever you start a new endeavor you face a learning curve. When you graduate from college and start a job, there’s a learning curve. Enter a trade school and you’ll be on a learning curve for the entire term. Want to take up knitting as a hobby? There’s a learning curve for that. So too with writing fiction.
That’s what this book is about: the learning curve for fiction writing.
This book won’t teach you how to write fiction. Rather, it enumerates the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that a new fiction writer faces. It provides a roadmap that can be used to surmount the weaknesses and threats. Armed with this information, newbie writers can avoid the many pitfalls and traps awaiting them.

You can download a copy at this link:

Creating Stories Now Available

My newest non-fiction book, Creating Stories, is now available.  It’s also on sale at half-price until April 15.

I’ve been writing fiction for over twenty years and this book contains everything I know about fiction writing.
I believe stories are the result of three critical elements: ideas, story design and story-telling techniques.  The ideas have to come from the writer, but my new book covers the last two in detail.


Check it out on Amazon


Creating Stories

I’ve finished a new book called Creating Stories.

It contains every thing I know about writing fiction

The ebook will become available on April 1 but can be preordered now at Amazon, B&N and other ebook sellers.
I’m looking for early reviewers for the book, especially from fiction writers and authors. If you’re interested in reviewing the book, email me at hanque (at) verizon (dot) net. I’ll need to know what format you want: pdf, epub or mobi.

Decision Tree: Ebook vs Print Book

One of the early decisions a self-publishing author has to make concerns what type of book will be published. Ebook? Print book? Both?

Naturally, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages in publishing one or the other type of book or both types. For that reason, I have concocted a decision tree listing the pros and cons. Many of these reasons would not be apparent to a first time author.

This material is taken from my Complete Self-publishing Guide.

Comparison Tree: The table below lists pros and cons for print books and ebooks. I’m sure there are many more bullets that can be added under each header, but these are the major ones to my way of thinking.

Ebooks: Plus
Less expensive covers.
Faster publication cycle.
Instant global distribution.
Instant download and availability.
No book production costs since the book is a virtual
Book prices are much lower than print book prices
Author gets higher percentage of sales revenue (but on a lower book price).

Ebooks: Negative
Many readers don’t like e-readers and prefer to read a
print book.
Some ebook sellers sites are reader-hostile and are very
difficult to navigate.
Ebooks are difficult to sell at book fairs and other
Personal appearances.
Lower revenue per book sale.
Book stores can’t stock ebooks.

Print: Plus
Can be sold at book fairs etc.
Bookstore sales are possible.
Library sales are possible.

Print: Negative
More expensive cover.
Slower distribution.
Distribution may be restricted geographically.
Publishing the book may entail distribution fees.
More expensive production costs.
Distributor sales suck up almost all the revenue leaving
little for the author.
Book store returns are a problem.

I don’t know if this comparison tree will help or hinder your decision. The lists may include issues and questions that you haven’t considered. That’s good. The more issues and questions you are aware of the less likely you will be to make a mistake.