Guest Post: Important Tips to Consider When Self-Publishing! by Cassie Phillips

It’s our first guest post, folks, brought to us by Cassie Phillips from Secure Thoughts! Enjoy!


 Self-publishing is a great way for new and up-and-coming authors to get their work seen and bought. It’s given the power back to the hands of the writer and negated the need to deal with big-name publishing houses and other middlemen.

However, just because you’ve chosen to self-publish doesn’t guarantee you’ll have automatic success. These tips will help aspiring authors get the most out of their online book releases.


Monday Musings: Manuscript Homestretch! a.k.a. Almost A Return To Normal

Quick update this Monday before I get back to the hard work of writing!

The third book of Clans of Shadows is reaching completion, at least the manuscript I and J. A. are working on. Then it’s the usual editing and all that jazz, but we should still be able to squeak it out before the end of the month.

What this means is that my writing load is going to lighten some for the next few months. Oh, there’s still books to be written, like Packie’s Problem (the next Redmane Mystery) and the final editing for The Twelfth Labor, but there won’t be the very tight deadlines needed for this collaboration series.

What that really means is that Starving Reviews should be back on the table in November! Let’s hope I get some good books on the plate to come back to!

Until Wednesday, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Book News: The Transition Begins

It’s coming to fruition.

You will notice that the Three Seconds to Legend series is coming down from Amazon, Goodreads, etc.  This is only the precursor of better things though, as the re-release of Opening Bell is imminent from my very supportive publisher, California Times Publishing!

My Books page will be updated with new information as soon as it goes live.  Expect updates within the day as to the new cover and more!

Thank you, everyone, for your readership and your support!  Here’s to bigger and better things!


Your Starving Author and Reviewer, J. B. Garner

Book News: A Publisher, I Have One!

I apologize for the lack of a dignified title for something that is rather akin to business, but I have to be me.

It’s true, though.  I have just recently signed with California Times Publishing, who approached me interested in formally publishing my Three Seconds to Legend books.  I am honored to be working with them and expectantly look forward to relaunching the series, even better than they were previously.

There’s certainly truth that writing is something easier to do with support and I’m looking forward to getting that.  The whole prospect of taking my writing and my books to the next level has had me literally vibrating around my house for days now!  I will keep the news flowing as the process continues, especially as the new editions come to press.

Thank you again for everyone who has read, rated, reviewed, and supported my work this past year!

Book News: New Reviews, Continual Self-Improvement and a Shout-Out

A bit of news for tonight, folks.

First, some more reviews for Indomitable and Indefatigable!  Check them out here and here!

Second, it’s looking like we will be go for publishing Incorruptible by the end of the coming week.  I’m just waiting for a final round of input from my beta readers then we are all go.

Third, I received some incredibly insightful feedback on the start of Indomitable which is definitely my roughest start of any of my books.  I always knew there was something off about it but I could never figure it out to my satisfaction.  However, Sally Ember figured it out and now, now, I think I can finally make it perfect!  Or close to!

For that fact alone, she deserves a shout-out.  A bit ‘thank you’ is in order for you, Sally!  Anyone who is looking for editing help and writing insights should definitely drop her a line.  She’s worth the time and the money!

So, that’s that.  I am going to do a rewrite of the early chapters of Indomitable along with another full edit and, when that’s ready, I’ll use that as a point to shift it from free to paid.  I’ll be doing the same with The Opening Bell, with more edit and less rewriting, sometime shortly thereafter.

Expect a Starving Review in a day or two!  Until then, good luck and good writing!

Kickstarter Update: Over Half Way!

The first thing Kickstarter and just about every source of information on crowdfunding tells you is to contact all of your friends and family first.  Not only will they be more receptive to passing news of what you are trying to their own friends, they are also the people most likely to be impressed by what you are trying to accomplish and contribute.  This being true, I’m not sure the crowdfunding gurus would expect something quite like this.

Overnight, I went from .1% funded to over 50% funded, all thanks to my family.  Sure, you do expect your family to support your actions and your dreams, but I never intended to ask them for money.  If I were going to do that, I would have just, you know, asked.  Apparently, seeing that I had a real plan to fulfill my dreams, they were impressed enough to chip in on their own volition.

Still, there’s a ways to go.  $490 to be exact.  If you want to chip in or just see what I’m trying to get accomplished, click the ‘My Kickstarter’ page tab at the top of the blog or click here.