Going Independent

This is a post that should be read by anyone and everyone wanting to be an independent author,

Dana Stabenow

[Michael Stackpole, author and faculty member of ASU’s Desert Nights Rising Stars’ Writers Conference, asked me to write about my experience in moving from traditional to independent publishing for an online lecture for the DNRS 2016 conference.]

If you can’t take a little bloody nose,
maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed.
It’s not safe out here.
It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross.
But it’s not for the timid.—Q, Star Trek:TNG

Two things.

By 2009 I had sixteen books out of print [OOP]. I begged, repeatedly, for my publishers in NYC to bring those books back into print and they, repeatedly, weren’t interested. Not in e, not in print. Nothing to see here, move it along.

And I wanted to write an historical novel about Marco Polo’s granddaughter traveling the Silk Road west between the years 1322…

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