Don’t Touch That!

As I said in earlier posts, believability is one of the three most important things for successful SciFi writing.  The most important of which is believability.   Put yourself in the reader’s position.  It doesn’t matter what genre.  You got to think that what the person is doing in the story is something you might do in the same situation.   Or better still, is it something that makes common sense?  If it doesn’t, then there had…

The Three Most Important Things for A Good SciFi Story- Part 3

So, in my last two posts, I showed you two of the most important things required for a good Science Fiction story: A Bad Romance and A Good Travel Agent.  Together these two elements tell us what’s troubling our hero or heroine; shows us the struggle they must endure to achieve their goal; and allows us to empathize with their pain and disappointments.  So, what’s the third critical thing for a good SciFi story? What…

The Three Most Important Things for A Good Science Fiction Story- Part 2

In my last newsletter post, I showed why the most important thing for a good Science Fiction story is a Bad Romance. It’s that troubled road of love to acquire someone or something.  A bad romance makes for a good SciFi story because we humans want to see a struggle, or a conflict that brings about a change.   For those of you who want to catch up or read more about why a bad romance…

The Three Most Important Things for A Good Science Fiction Story- Part 1

Sorry for my short writing hiatus this past week or so, but I was drafted to do some heavy (and free… sigh) videography work for my family’s grand Zoom Family Reunion event. It was a smashing success! But in between breaks and the working to 5:30AM sprints, I thought about what’s in a story. There are lots of things that go into writing a good SciFi, well any story really. The plot, the research, the…

Forget Selling Books. It’s Merchandising, That’s Where The Real Money Is Made!

Part of my promotion for GOD GAMES includes illustrations of the major characters of this SciFi rewrite of the greatest biblical story ever told. I’m talking about Genesis, the creation and the Garden of Eden. But in this upside down story, there’s also some provoking backdrop in that Heaven (where Earth was created) is really a tech utopia where science and technology has replaced religion. Now, not everyone is happy with this secular society, especially…

Pay It Forward! The Road To Successful Self-Publishing Is Paved By David & Goliath Working Together!

So, I’m planning an author’s group promotion event for June. The goal is to hook up with established and start-up authors such as myself and share our resources to attract Sci-Fi readers who might be interested in either purchasing our books or following the progress of our work on a new book and want to be one of the first to receive the finished masterpiece. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve developed a “Reader…

Row, Row, Row, Your Social Media Campaign Boat

Contrary to popular belief, self-publishing is not as easy as 1-2-3! There’s a lot of social media based marketing to be done to build up a following to your book. Not a simple task, especially for nerds who would rather just write than communicate. But, this marketing thing is a critical success factor as they say in the corporate world. A necessary evil for the introverted, a barrier that must be overcome, tamed and trained…

And the Winning Book Cover Illustration Is . . .

A few weeks ago, I put out a contest to get your comments and recommendations on the best book cover for “Heaven’s Ant Farm.” I got lots of views to my blog and I thank you all for your participation and support! So, let go direct to the results! Of the four illustrations, the playing card option got almost all the votes. And that surprised me! Your comments included observations like:1) “…[book] titles are supplemented…