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19 Oct 2015

Hybrid Vigor in Genre Fiction (or “You Got Fantasy in My Western!”)

Guest post by Tex Thompson You know, I WAS feeling pretty good about this post. “Man, I’m going to write about genre mash-ups and what spec-fic and Westerns have in common and why they’re so awesome when you put them together and how it’s really all about Beowulf, and everybody’s going to be all like, ‘Oh my God Tex, you’re so cool and rad—please teach me to be like you,’ and I’m finally going to be Internet-famous—WHO WANTS TO TOUCH ME?” Then I realized that that had already been done. Like…twenty years ago. By Pixar. I mean, think about it. Read More

13 Jul 2015


Current status Money raised: $3,430 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 26 Nervous breakdowns: 42 Number of best sellers released by Steven King since last update: 7 Days remaining: 4 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Sequels? Since we haven’t come to the conclusion of the funding campaign just yet, I’d like to hold off on any reflection as of yet. Granted, we only have four days left but you never know… But let’s talk about sequels. I remember vividly telling my publicist, Ally, that I was “above” sequels, and since I was a true “artist,” I would never Read More

06 Jul 2015

Adventures in (Novel) Crowdfunding Week Five

Current status Money raised: $3,330 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 24 Nervous breakdowns: Z = Z² + C Number of Rational Conversations with Red Sox Fans: 0 Days remaining: 11 Previous week’s stats here. Trampling in the Land of Woe’s Pubslush page. Let’s talk about the value of a single donation. It’s pretty clear that a small-time (currently!) writer like me isn’t going to have a built-in audience for a new novel. This isn’t a complaint, but simply an understood reality. When I, personally, check out crowdfunding pages, I wisely put money only on people I either know OF or rely upon to deliver. Read More

29 Jun 2015

Adventures in (Novel) Crowdfunding, Week One

Current status Money raised: $1,255 of $5,500 Number of supporters: 12 Nervous breakdowns: 3 Stress calories eaten: 6,410 Days remaining: 39 At around 12:01p.m., June 1st, my Pubslush began for my new novel Trampling in the Land of Woe. Each Sunday, I will post on my website (newly revamped! Oooooooo!) detailing the experience. I do this for two reasons 1.) Ally Bishop, my publicist/cheerleader told me to and 2.) I want to give some guidance for anyone else who wishes to crowdfund their literary endeavors. I’ve made a Q&A below to clarify some of the process leading up to this Read More

03 May 2015

Why Are Independent Authors Using Stolen Art?

I’m fairly new to the world of self-publishing, and one of the first things I noticed was the startling amount of stolen art that is occurring without our writing community. Now, I’m not talking about copying story ideas or plagiarizing, but something much more insidious and damaging. This type of theft can be so blatant at times that it risks substantial harm to the thieves themselves. Case-in-point:   The above is promotional material presumably for a romance novel. Here is where the author snagged it: Did the author know this is copyrighted material? Was the hired artist a professional? Had they Read More