HUMAN: The eBook

Perhaps the most motivating feeling in the world is to self-publish an ebook for the first time. For me to see my own work on Amazon available for sale is an incredible experience. Last week I self-published my short story, HUMAN, and of course I encourage everyone to read it. A huge thanks to Ani Paoletti, who provided the cover art. The story world of HUMAN is the result of my own reflections on our social experience in the last ten years (prior to COVID). Much of my incorporated ideas are expressed in further detail in my interview with fellow creative Andrew Hall. HUMAN explores the emotional response to professional and social situations given technology’s presence. How do we feel when we can’t remember something specific or keep up with someone in a conversation? How do we feel when we can’t contribute to a conversation because we didn’t read the latest news story? How do we feel when we aren’t genuinely listened to? These are questions I’ve been trying to understand since I graduated from college. I believe we all feel this way at some point in our lives. We’re in the middle of talking and the person we’re conversing with is looking elsewhere, or they pull out their phones or cut us off and attempt to finish our sentences. One thing I never understood was how someone could come to realize what I was going to say before I finished my thought, while at the same time being able[…] [Keep Reading]

Interviews from the Void: Episode #19 – Amy DuBoff

Highlights Why writing science fiction allows us to explore the human experience. Self-publishing and being part of the entire publishing process. There’s a new way to watch television which can help us improve our writing. From initial conception to publishing the first volume, it was a seventeen-year journey. Welcome to the nineteenth episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I chat with science fiction writer Amy (A.K.) DuBoff about self-publishing and finding our own writing voice in the science fiction genre. Arthur: You’re a prolific writer. Tell me about your journey to becoming a writer. When did you start writing and how did you get to where you are today? Amy: I can trace my first real writing project back to fourth grade. We were given a writing prompt (“It was a dark and story night…”), and I began working on a middle grade horror/mystery/adventure novel that was starting to turn a little sci-fi/fantasy before I abandoned it. I might go back to that project eventually, but I’d need to figure out where it was going since I had no idea at the time! I really started writing in sixth grade, when I was about 11. I’d been kicking ideas for the Cadicle series around in my head for several months, so I wanted to get words on the page. I wrote the first few chapters of what eventually became VEIL OF REALITY,[…] [Keep Reading]

Interviews from the Void: Episode #17 – Colette Tozer

Highlights Strategies for promoting our own books as self-published writers. Learning through life experiences and expressing ourselves through our writing. Editing and editing resources for self-publishing writers. My writing is character-driven, so the time, experience, and multiple revisions help me develop the characters.  Welcome to the seventeenth episode of Interviews from the Void, where I interview writers about their writing process, discussing the mechanics and physicality of the craft. In this episode, I chat with Colette Tozer, author of FAMILY TITHES, about editing her first book and what she learned during the self-publishing process. Arthur: Did you outline your first book, FAMILY TITHES? What are the most important lessons you learned while writing your first book? Was it self-published? Colette: FAMILY TITHES is part of a series that I started when I was ten years old. It kind of grew up with me.  So, while I didn’t intentionally write an outline, the books I wrote previous to the published book served as an outline. My writing is character driven, so the time, experience, and multiple revisions helped me to develop the characters. The main lesson I learned while writing my first book is that nothing is perfect. Everything is open to interpretation and with experience, everything changes. Yes, my book was self-published. I am an indie author, working on publishing many more books. Arthur: Since you’re self published, can you give me insight on your editing process? Do you hire an editor? How can writers seeking to self publish –[…] [Keep Reading]