It’s been quite the journey since Bounty went live on Amazon in 2015.
I call it a journey because of how much I’ve learned in the six years I’ve been able to add the word published in front of author. Not just about the craft of writing, of storytelling itself, but the ins and outs of publishing. Self-publishing, to be specific.
See, the stereotype among the “self-publishing is bad” crowd is that we crank out any old dribble we please and upload it to Amazon without any care for spelling, grammar, or human decency. …
On June 1, 2015, I became a published author.
That’s when my debut novel, the superhero mystery Bounty, went live on Amazon. Six months later, I hit Publish on the follow-up, Blood Ties. Six months after that, Behind the Badge hit virtual bookshelves and I had a full-fledged series on my hands.
On October 2017, I published Notna, a fantasy standalone that reads like Indiana Jones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer stumbled upon each other and discovered the world was coming to an end. Again.
To date, I have six novels to my (pen)name — to say nothing of a…
It seems like every time I hop onto social media or some other corner of The Writer Internet (patent pending), I see some version of the traditional-versus-self-publishing debate. People ask seemingly anyone who will listen which route they should take, and authors on either side of the debate state their case.
These debates can turn heated — it is the Internet, after all — so heated that sometimes, those on either side of the debate act as if their position is the only right answer and people who believe otherwise are…whatever the current Internet insult du jour is.
Author’s Note: The following is a chapter from my contemporary fantasy novel, Notna. If you enjoy this free preview, there will be information at the end of this post about where and how to get your copy.
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Somewhere in the Amazon, Present Day
Dark storm clouds, nearly pitch black, rumbled in the night sky. Flashes of lightning streaked from one cloud to the next. The trees shielded much of the wildlife from nature’s fury, but enough of the torrential rain fell through the leaves to give the foliage and ground the sustenance it needed. …
“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping…waiting…and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir…open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love…the clarity of hatred…the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”
The above passage, a speech from the classic…
Author’s note: this post is based, in part, on a chapter of my non-fiction book The Art of Reading: How Reading Can Make You a Better, More Productive Writer. This is not an excerpt, but if you want to read more, check out The Art of Reading on all major ebook retailers.
On the surface, inspiration and motivation might seem similar.
While they share some qualities, the two words are actually completely separate things, particularly when it comes to creativity. Inspiration is more big-picture…macro, if you will. Which makes motivation more laser-focused, micro in nature. …
July 1 is Indie Pride Day.
Did you know that? Bet you didn’t.
Indie Pride Day, as far as I know, is a day where independently-published authors — i.e., authors who either self-publish or have their work produced and distributed by smaller, independent presses — can show pride. Not just pride in their work, but pride in what they’ve been able to accomplish in an industry that was once nearly impossible to break into.
The Internet has made several things easier, publishing among them. Amazon, as well as outlets such as Draft2Digital, have all but eliminated the middlemen and the…
J.D. Cunegan is a self-published author known for his fast-paced unique brand of storytelling, an avid reader, and lover of all things creative.