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The Disruptive “D”

The channels of distribution are changing, and the old business models are being disrupted.

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“Experts” on Publishing

There are so many “experts”!

Katherine M. Lawrence on Constructing Medieval Japan for a Novel

Today, Katherine M. Lawrence blogged about the challenges of writing historical fiction. Constructing a compelling world with consistent rules is one of the challenges (and fun) of writing my Pillow Book of a Samurai series—Japan in 1175 C.E. People in Medieval times did not regard themselves as Medieval. They were as modern as it got–even if it was the year 1200. The challenge for the author who is recreating a world in an historic time period is that the author knows too much—about 840 years too much, in my case, and some of the stuff that happened 700 years ago, though it may seem old to those of our period, would not have existed 800 years ago....

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Layout basics and the problem of indie publishing

First impressions linger.

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Cold Saké release

Our first book release

On Amazon, independent writers and independent bookstores

When it comes to Amazon, the indie books world seems to be divided into two camps: People who hate Amazon because it’s undermining independent bookstores, challenging established publishers’ long-held practices, and rapidly dominating the books marketplace in the US (and elsewhere). People who love Amazon because it is opening the books world to new voices and makes independent publishing easy and affordable. We find ourselves torn over this dichotomy, because it’s so unfair....

Why WordPress?

Some of you who know our professional backgrounds might be wondering why the heck we decided to hang our shingle in WordPress. The reason is simple: We didn’t want this endeavor to get bogged down or waylaid by our love for web development. This is a writing project. This is a publishing project. This is not a web design & development project. This is our little trick towards keeping it that way....