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The Two Dangerous Words That Are Killing Our Creativity and Innovation…

The Two Dangerous Words That Are Killing Our Creativity and Innovation…

I’m writing a new novel and I’m scared. My fingers are pounding the keyboard but they shiver. Not because of the writing venture itself, which is better than sex, but because of the two most harmful words known to the English language: Political Correctness. As I write thousands of words everyday, my mind chatter gets

3 New Lessons I’ve Learned From Self-publishing My 3rd Book

3 New Lessons I’ve Learned From Self-publishing My 3rd Book

Getting a book into the world is really like delivering a baby. You care 24/7 for it, make sure it gets the best treatment and then you punch it for not performing well. Now seriously. I’ve just released my 3rd novel, a space opera called Fear The Liberator. Thanks to my email list, the book’s

3 Major Storytelling Lessons from Game Of Thrones’ Devastating Season Finale

3 Major Storytelling Lessons from Game Of Thrones’ Devastating Season Finale

When I checked my Twitter feed a few days ago, I found it flooded with pissed-off tweets about the last episode of Game of Throne’s fifth season. Watchers wrote angry blog posts, took their rage to the social media platforms and announced their boycott. Seriously, the intense finale episode has proved that even in its

3 Unusual Ways to Become a Better Storyteller

3 Unusual Ways to Become a Better Storyteller

Storytelling is one of the most useful skills in today’s world. You don’t have to be a drunk fuddy-duddy snoring in the recliner, starting with… “When I was your age, I already had two kids and used to….zzzzzzzz.” Nope. Whether you’re pitching yourself and your idea, marketing a service or writing a sci-fi book with

Learn From My 6 Stupid Self-Publishing Mistakes

Learn From My 6 Stupid Self-Publishing Mistakes

Some indie authors write their debut book and it sells like starcakes. Their Amazon rank shoots up the stratosphere and makes lots of starbucks. The author’s eyes go bling bling, and I’m thinking: if they can do it, I can do it. And I can do it better. Maybe, maybe not. I’ve got two books

You May Hate These Bloggers, But They Create Raving Fans

You May Hate These Bloggers, But They Create Raving Fans

Ever heard of the saying “Substance over style?” Yeah, me too, right before the ice age killed all the dinosaurs. Seriously, that term is so geocities it belongs to the web grave together with pure HTML websites and sprite images. Here’s where I’m coming from: A few years ago, when I was infected with the

Why You Should Ask For a Slap in The Face

Why You Should Ask For a Slap in The Face

I’ve written this sci-fi space opera called Attack Planet. To get some early reviews, I’ve approached some reviewers on Goodreads who liked similar books. I found a couple of readers who were interested. The few that actually FINISHED my book gave me rock-solid 4-5 stars, which was awesome. And then one reviewer showed up, and

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