Authors, Entrepreneurs, and other Creative Individuals Pursuing Their Dreams
The cost of self-publishing can be high so what are the other options for producing a quality book? There are other options such as publishing through Amazon, perhaps only as an e-book, or maybe…Continue
In searching for new ways to promote my books, I recently submitted my second novel "Assassin's Trap" for the Independent Publisher Book awards. It was an odd experience and I was only slightly more informed as to the purpose of the awards by the end of the submission as at the beginning. I'm wondering if there are other awards and contests that are open to self-published authors. I think that the most unique part of the experience was the fact that I spent more money to enter the contest…Continue
Preview the opening scene of my new novel "Second Chance" (working title) by going to the Contact Me page on my website www.dcshaftoe.com. Send all comments to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary: Police inspector, Zachary Marek, has crossed swords with the wrong villain, Albanian Mafioso, Burim Gjojak. Only Zach's brothers, a band of castaways forged into a family by two amazing people, can save him. But now the…Continue
Over the past few weeks, I've experienced a bout of writer's block combined with geographical block. With the plot for my next novel firmly planted in my head, I simply couldn't make the ideas flow. So I added a new character and plot line and forged ahead. In the end, it was the vastness of China's northwest blocked me at every turn. I received the following advice: keep on writing every day even if only to write "I have writer's block. I have writer's block." Soon the ideas started flowing…Continue