Stephen Writes

Novels and Short Stories by Stephen England

A New Direction

| January 4, 2013

The coming days, as I move toward the publication of the 2nd novel of the Shadow Warriors series, Day of Reckoning, will also mark a business shift for me as an independent author. After a year and a half of difficulty dealing with Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and the other e-book retailers, I will be […]

Confessions of a Rogue Writer: You’re a Public Figure. . .Now Act Like One

| July 24, 2012

So, you’ve uploaded your finished and (hopefully) edited manuscript to KDP, PubIt, or one of the other independent publishers out there. Your book is now available for sale. . . Congratulations, gentle reader! Now, before my voice becomes drowned out in the sound of corks popping and the backslapping congratulations of your fellow authors, let […]

Confessions of a Rogue Writer: Social Media and Soap Salesmen

| March 21, 2012

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter on-line lately about how, in no uncertain terms, social media does NOT sell books. It seems to have become the new accepted mantra among the indie gurus that, while you may have fun on Twitter, Facebook, etc., you will not sell books there. They’re wrong—you can sell books […]

Confessions of a Rogue Writer: Don’t Waste Your Time With Critique Groups

| February 2, 2012

“At the start of every poorly written indie novel, there’s a dedication to the critique group that ‘improved’ it.”             I made that claim on Twitter a few weeks ago and was somewhat amused by the horror with which it was met. Apparently, the independent publishing movement, while still wet behind the ears, is still […]