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Steven R. Drennon was born in Lawton, OK, where he first started writing at the age of 15. He published an epic fantasy novel titled "Rise of the Raven" in the spring of 2011, and another fantasy novel titled "Three for Avadar" was released in the summer of 2011. Since then, Steven has published a total of 37 other titles under different pen names, and he is currently working on a new historical fiction series that will be published under his own name.


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answered Publishing and selling ebooks
Jul
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comment Publishing and selling ebooks
Some of what you say is true, but some is way off. First of all, I agree that you should not trust friends or family to either edit OR critique your book. Next, you do NOT have to obtain in ISBN for e-books, unless you go through Smashwords as your distributor, in which case they provide it. Also, it is wrong to make a blanket statement saying that e-book publishing is a BAD idea. The market is changing dramatically, and while it is true that there is more work involved, it CAN be very profitable. I reached BE on my books in less than a month, and I'm making a nice profit now.
Jul
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comment Publishing for Kindle
I would second Konrath's blog. However, be prepared to spend some time, becaue he has a LOT of information pertaining to self-publishing e-books. That being said, it is well worth the time!
Jul
23
comment Do most novels not get published?
I suspect Ralph was talking about self-publishing as an e-book or print on demand. Either avenue will allow you to create and publish a book at no cost and start selling it within a week after you decide it's ready. I've sold over 150 copies of my first novel, and my only cost was the $100 I spent for a professionally designed book cover. I broke even after selling 50 books, so it's all profit from here out!
Jul
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answered I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
Jul
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comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
I would not recommend getting close friends or family to read your book to give you feedback. They love you, so they will love your book. You also put them on the spot if they really don't like the book, because they won't wnat to hurt your feelings. You'd be better off finding a reader's group or a critique group.
Jul
23
comment What are good places to post your work where it will be read by others?
If your goal is to get readers who will provide you feedback on your book or help critique your work, then I would second Critique Circle.
Jul
23
answered Explicitly correcting yourself while writing - how appropriate is it ?
Jul
23
answered How to name the characters of your story?
Jul
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awarded  Scholar
Jul
22
comment Best e-book formatting process?
This looks interesting, but ultimately what I am looking for is a quicker and easier way to get to a finished .mobi or .epub file, and I didn't see anything that indicated the ability to export to those formats.
Jul
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accepted Best e-book formatting process?
Jul
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comment Best e-book formatting process?
I just went and got the beta version of Scrivener for Windows. It looks very impressive, and I like that it can export directly to mobi and epub formats. Thanks for the tip!
Jul
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awarded  Quorum
Jul
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comment What should step one in writing a novel be?
Write and write some more. Even if it starts out seeming like crap, as you edit and review it later, you can decide what works and what doesn't. (You can also try using an outline or a list of events as a means for getting started.)
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awarded  Commentator
Jul
22
comment Getting emotional while writing, good or bad?
I agree that you should let it all out. You can always go back later and refine or remove in the editing stage, but often you may find that it made you emotional because it was just that good!
Jul
22
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
I would like to throw my vote in for Dropbox as well. I also have an external storage drive that I copy everything onto, but I eperienced a perfect storm where my hard drive crashed and so did the external drive. I was able to restore everything from Dropbox, and I was thrilled!
Jul
22
comment Should you read your own genre?
I think there is a lot of value in reading what you write, if only for comparison's sake. However, I would not recommend reading in the genre you write just to find examples. Each writer has a unique voice, and if you try to duplicate someone else's, then you lose the chance to use your own.
Jul
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comment How to deal with self-criticism?
I agree absolutely with the suggestion to find other critics. Your friends and family are more likely to say they love your work, mainly because they love you. I use a select few beta readers who I respect because they won't hesitate to tell me that the steaming pile that smells was what I wrote!