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I almost completely failed to post about this >Kill Author tour stop. >Kill Author does something damn cool; they ask contributors to write blog posts about other stories from the site. As soon as I read Brian Hurley’s “The North” I felt compelled to offer a word or two. Recommended reading for everyone.

Click here to read the guest post. Also, don’t forget that if you comment on all guest blog posts, you will get free stuff.

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Click here to read the guest post. Also, don’t forget that if you comment on all guest blog posts, you will get free stuff.

About the Stranger Will Tour for Strange:

My goal is to post at a different blog every few days beginning with the release of his novel Stranger Will in March 2011 to the release of my second novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin in November 2011. If you have connections to a lit blog of any type, professional journal or personal site, please contact me. I would love to compromise your integrity for a day. To be a groupie and follow this tour, subscribe to the Caleb J Ross blog RSS feed. Follow me on Twitter: @calebjross.com. Friend me on Facebook: Facebook.com/rosscaleb

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I have been reading > Kill Author for quite some time. The fiction they publish rarely disappoints, the editors are anonymous, and the layout of the site makes reading super-dooper easy. So when they accepted my story Evenson’s Tongue for publication, I felt truly unworthy.

Readers of this blog will know that I am a fan of Brian Evenon’s work. He is consistently impressive. His work does things with the grotesque that many writers try yet few accomplish. So, a few years ago I wrote this piece, “Evenson’s Tongue” (a play on the title of his collection Altmann’s Tongue), as a way to say thank you to the man and his work. I even had the opportunity to give Evenson a copy of the story at the Austin AWP Conference in 2006.

Click over to > Kill Author to read the story. Bonus: I recorded an audio version of the story which can be found above the story at the > Kill Author site.… Read the rest

With the news of sudden-star Amanda Hocking circumnavigating – and established-star Barry Eisler eschewing –  traditional publishing in favor of self publishing, I thought it important to collect my thoughts on the topic from the perspective of aspiring authors.

Getting a book published is easy. Anyone with $5 and a Lulu account can do it (or for a bit more can go through Createspace, direct to Lightning Source, or any other PoD route). So the discussion for authors must change from how to be published to how best to be published.

Think about it this way, if you are offered a 20% royalty on books sold (which is actually high for most publishers), that means you are giving up on 80% of your potential profit. The truth is when signing a publishing contract you are paying the publisher to sell your book.

Much of the information out there about self-publishing vs.… Read the rest

Click here to read the guest post. Also, don’t forget that if you comment on all guest blog posts, you will get free stuff.

About the Stranger Will Tour for Strange:

My goal is to post at a different blog every few days beginning with the release of his novel Stranger Will in March 2011 to the release of my second novel, I Didn’t Mean to Be Kevin in November 2011. If you have connections to a lit blog of any type, professional journal or personal site, please contact me. I would love to compromise your integrity for a day. To be a groupie and follow this tour, subscribe to the Caleb J Ross blog RSS feed. Follow me on Twitter: @calebjross.com. Friend me on Facebook: Facebook.com/rosscaleb

See all tour stops hereRead the rest

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