Monthly Archives: August 2014

Author Interview: Vincent Trigili

Another Friday, and I’m quite pleased by the payouts from last month’s rollout of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. In other news, I have another indie writer to present today, Vincent Trigili. He specializes in space opera and science fiction. You can find out more about Vincent at his website here:


1.  So what lured you into writing in the first place?

A long time ago, longer now than I would care to admit, I was a bored and hyperactive child. One of the things that was required of me as child was that I went to bed at night, supposedly to sleep, and that was very much not to my liking. I mean, you just had to lie there and be still for hours! Ugh! I think I am still emotionally scarred from that experience. To compensate for this unreasonable requirement, I started making up stories and telling them to myself. Through them I was able to escape the cruel confinement of my bed into magical worlds where heroes and villains fought in grandiose battles for the fate of the universe.

Eventually, as I got older, I learned at brainwashing camp (a.k.a. school) how to write, and sometime during my high school years I started putting one of the stories down on paper. That story I kept and worked on for decades until my wife and friends convinced me to publish it. That story became my first novel, The Enemy of an Enemy.

2.  You currently have several books out in your “Lost Tales of Power” series. Tell me about that.

I am currently working on the seventh book in that series. I call it an “open-ended series,” because I do not know a better name for what I am doing. I am not the first to do it; I actually borrowed the idea from “The Forgotten Realms” series, which was by far my favorite reading as a child. What I am doing is building a universe and then telling stories in that universe. So the first four books (called The First Quartet by fans that have been around a while) is a foundational series that builds the universe. The fifth book The Sac’a’rith starts a new series in the Lost Tales universe, which book seven will be the sequel for. Spectra’s Gambit (the sixth book) is more of a stand alone in the series. The eighth book will start yet another new set of characters and problems in the universe.

Eventually down the road when I have more written there will be several “book ones” that new readers of the series can pick up and start reading. For now, the best place to start is with The Enemy of an Enemy and work through the books in release order.

3.  I see in the description “wizards” but also “galaxy.” Would you classify this as a science fantasy? Why or why not?

Yes, and no. The proper name for the genre is “Space Opera.” The label “science-fantasy” is not really well known. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and others do not list it as a category and most readers that I have spoken with do not know it. So I would not use it, especially since Space Opera is what the books are. Wikipedia has a great definition for Space Opera that fits my series perfectly:   “Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that often emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advanced abilities, weapons, and other technology.” (src: )

However, “science-fantasy” is not a wrong label, it is just not the best one. My books do mix many of the typical fantasy elements with many of the typical sci-fi elements just as other Space Operas do. Now, in the spectrum of mixtures, my books lean somewhat more to the fantasy side than the sci-fi side, but they are still well within the genre.

4.  I know you’ve also collaborated with other writers including Kevin J. Anderson on a charity anthology. How was that?

I have worked with four anthologies now, two that have yet to be released and two that are out, but I would not say I collaborated with Kevin J. Anderson, or most of the other famous authors whose work appears alongside mine. The truth of an anthology is much less glamorous. I would be willing to bet that Mr. Anderson has never heard of me, and I would be surprised to hear if he ever read any of my writing.   How the anthologies work is that all the authors write and edit their stories in private and then submit them to the anthology for consideration. It is the organizers of the anthology that work with everyone, and not the individual authors.

Outside of the anthologies, I have spent some time talking with and working with more successful authors and I find them all as a group to be very open and accommodating. For the most part we all seem to get along fine, regardless if I sell one book a year, or one book a minute.

5.  What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on my seventh novel, The Sac’a’rith: Rebirth. It picks up where volume five, The Sac’a’rith, left off. I hope to have it out for Christmas, and right now I am on track to do just that. As I mentioned above, I have stories in two upcoming anthologies that I am still working through the wringer with. One is a “flash fiction” piece, which is just a fancy way to say “really short.” I am not a huge fan of writing works that short, but it is a really good exercise to help you learn what is important to put into a story, and what should be cut.

The other is a longer work, and for that anthology I broke away from my typical writing style a bit. It is more of a troubled superhero story. I have been told by my pre-readers it is more gritty than normal for me, but I am not sure what that means exactly. Both of those anthologies are scheduled to be released this fall, and I will post more about them on my site, as information is ready to be released.

6.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

Wow, that is a very hard question. When I was younger I would have listed some of the greats like Larry Niven, Ed Greenwood, Dean Koontz, Tom Clancy, or R.A. Salvatore. Today it is much harder. The rise of the Kindle and the so-called ebook revolution has broadened the market so much it is hard to pick just one great author.  So I think I am going to punt on this question and say I really enjoy reading books by lots of different authors, such as but not limited to: Michael Bunker, Cherise Kelley, Brian S. Pratt, Randolph Lalonde, Lisa Grace, Annie Bellet, Tracy Banghart, and too many more to list.

I enjoy clean stories where the author involves you in the character and you get so deep into them that you are lost in the story for hours without noticing the time flying by. I love to root for the underdog hero and watch their character grow through the story. Setting and genre are not critical to a good story, so I read a somewhat diverse cross section there.

7.  What would surprise readers to know about you?

I am not sure anything would. I am not the kind of person that hides much about himself. In a few minutes of Google searching my name you can find out a whole lot about me. Most of my personal Facebook posts are flagged as “public,” as are my Twitter posts.

Perhaps the one thing that people might not realize without digging is that I was a very poor English student. I always earned my lowest grades in those classes, and I still struggle to understand the concepts of spelling and grammar. My wife, and my professional editor, both save my readers from more mistakes than I could begin to count. They are the real heroes of my success story as a writer. I could not do it without them!

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

Mainly, write. There really is nothing more important than getting your next book out. Marketing, while needed, will only get you flash in the pan success. The only true path to being a well-known writer is to write and write some more. It really is a volume game, but not in the traditional sense of cheap and fast.

Instead you need to write stories people want to read and you need to tell them in a readable way. Sure, some very poorly written books break out and go viral, but that is the extreme exception and is typically very short lived. For the most part, a high volume of quality work is the real key to success.

Writing books is a long-term game. Success in the short term is good in the same way that winning battles help win a war, but all that matters in war is who is standing at the end. Do you want to be standing as a respected, well-known author in 15 or 20 years? Then focus now on building a bibliography of quality work.


Author Interview: Geoff North


Welcome to Thursday, and the introduction to another up and coming writer. Today I’m interviewing Geoff North, writer of horror. You can find his Facebook at and his Twitter at .


1.  So you wanted to be a writer. Why ever for? 

I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but in a different way. I created my own universe of superheroes, and produced (rather poorly) over two hundred hand drawn and written comic books from the ages of 11-17. After that I ventured into cartoon strips and finally settled into a weekly political cartoon panel gig for a handful of newspapers that lasted off and on for almost twenty years. I was never truly happy doing that, and in my early 40s I decided I didn’t want to draw another single picture ever again. It was the writing I always loved more. It only took me thirty years or so to realize that. Better late than never, I suppose.

2.  You mentioned that you write mostly horror but also some dark fantasy. What do you like about these genres?

I enjoy all fantasy, dark, epic, historical – I read it all. I have written some fantasy but have never tried to publish it. Maybe some day. Horror is where it’s at for me and always will be. I’m not a fan of slasher, buckets of blood, and senseless torture horror. I like a nice, slow, supernatural build that unsettles my readers along the way. And the bad guys always pay for the torment they’ve caused in the end. I’m pretty sure the old farm house I grew up in was haunted, so maybe that’s where my passion started!

3.  Tell me about your latest book.

My latest – as in available for purchase right now – is Children of Extinction. Four teenagers stumble across a wounded alien and its time-travel capable craft in the woods. Two of the kids are sent back 80,000 years carrying a disease to wipe out the human race at its closest call of extinction. The other two teens are forced to stay in the present day and guard over the strange being until the mission has been completed. (Forgot to mention that while I was growing up there were dozens of strange UFO sightings in the late seventies around our area. Go figure.)

I’ve just finished another story called Conspiracy Hotel split into three parts. This story is strange, even for me! It’s horror/romance/suspense all rolled up into a nightmarish tale of time travel in the wrong hands. I’ll sum it up like this: Big Foot, Jimmy Hoffa, The Loch Ness Monster, Grigori Rasputin, and a dozen more famous characters and creatures from history soaking up the sun at an all-inclusive Cuban resort.

4.  I see that the blurb to one of your recently published books mentions “zombies with a twist.” Why do you think zombies are so popular these day?

Are we just bored with our lives? “zombies with a twist”  Did I write that? Yeah, sounds like me. The cover blurb for CRYERS calls it a new breed of post-apocalyptic zombie. To tell you the truth, I’ve never really cared for zombies. They’re not very bright, they’re slow-moving, and I can only imagine how bad they must smell. I think the only real appeal is their strength in numbers. More recent trends have made them faster and more deadly (28 Days Later and World War Z). I wanted to go a little further – a thousand years into the future further. My “zombies” are cryogenic clients from the 20th and 21st centuries waking up in the 31st century. The world is less populated but a far more dangerous place. Mutated creatures outnumber human descendants, but the guys and gals thawing out from the past put them all to shame.

5.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

Stephen King. Nothing makes a 12 year old kid grow up faster than The Stand. That was the first real horror book I read that made me tuck all those “kid” horror comic books under the bed for good. IT is still my favorite King book, but Salem’s Lot and 11/22/63 are close runner-ups. And even though most of his endings are weak (to me), the man exudes confidence and talent. He’s simply the best there is. My other favorite authors are Dan Simmons, Joe Abercrombie, Hugh Howey, George R. R. Martin, and Robert McCammon. Sorry, couldn’t limit myself to one…

6.  What are you working on next?

I’m working on a novel called Dearly Departing. It’s the story of a suicidal middle-aged man and his drug-addicted daughter traveling across the country to see his dying mother one last time. It is very similar in theme to my first (and so far most successful) book, Live it Again. I’m going to enjoy this one because it touches close to home. Earlier this year I drove across the country with my daughter to say goodbye to my mom. We made it just in time. And though it was sad, it was one of the most joyful weeks of my life. I met up with old friends and family, and bonded even closer with a daughter I didn’t think possible to love more. Life and love is precious, and sometimes death can drive that point home in ways even guys like me can still appreciate. But since I’m a horror author, this coming of age story will be laced with ghosts, suspense, and a bit of terrorism along the way. Oh, and by the way – I’m not suicidal, and my daughter isn’t an addict, it’s just part of the drama.

7.  So what REALLY scares you? Besides spiders?

When I was a little kid it was the fear of being buried alive. Twenty years ago it was the idea of alien abduction. Nowadays my biggest fears are still buried under the earth and from outer space in the forms of that super-volcano building under Yosemite National Park and a solar burst that could cripple civilization. Same kind of scares, just a little more refined. 

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

Writing can be a very lonely profession or pass-time, but things are getting better. We have the ability these days to reach out to so many other writers. Don’t be shy. Find and make friends. Don’t be afraid to ask silly questions. I won’t tell anyone to write every day and write a lot. We all know that. But I insist you keep writing when you’re not sitting in front of that keyboard. My best ideas usually come when driving down the highway or walking in the woods. Stay fresh in mind and body and let that imagination keep chugging. It will never run out of steam.

Thanks again, Judy! 


Time for another cat picture.

It’s my daughter’s birthday today.

She’s turning 14.

Time for another cat picture.  (Can I go hide now, like for the next few years?)

teen cat

Author Interview: Scott Marlowe

My series on independent and hybrid writers continues. Today I have Scott Marlowe, writer of fantasy. You can find out more about Scott at his site here:


1.  So what made you want to write?

I think all people have an inherent need to create or indulge in some form of art. Not having much of an interest or skill in anything but writing, it was an easy discipline for me to fall into.

2.  I see you like thrillers and fantasy (two of my favorite genres as well). What about those genres appeal to you?

Yes! Nothing like a good tale full of suspense, action, adventure, and the fantastic. Fantasy has always appealed to me because there are no barriers or limits. There are rules, certainly, but they aren’t the same rules we have to deal with in our everyday lives. Fantasy is the perfect escape. As for thrillers, I like it when the stakes are high. It raises the tension level, enhances the suspense, and just makes for a more engaging story.

3.  You have an Assassin series out; the latest book came out in May, it looks like. Tell me about the series and the book.

“The Goddard Affair” is the latest and fourth story in the Assassin Without a Name series. The series is comprised of short stories and novellas, each a complete tale but with a recurring character and storyline about a witty assassin with a penchant for fine wine.

The series began as a sort of experiment: I wanted to see if I could write something really short, while still telling a complete story. All I really had was an idea: ‘An assassin makes a deal.’ No outlines, no planning, no coming up with character details, etc. Just write it out and see what happens. The successful result of that experiment was a 1500 word short story called “Fine Wine.” Seeing some potential, I wrote another story, this one “Killing the Dead.” By that time, I realized I might have something going here, and since I hadn’t bothered to give the main character a name (the stories were so short I didn’t feel like he needed one), I decided to call it the “Assassin Without a Name” series, and even worked that aspect of his character into the plot. After those first two stories came “Night of Zealotry” and, the latest, “The Goddard Affair,” which really is the best story of the bunch, I think. In it, readers get to see the best of the main character’s charm, wit, fighting prowess, and, because he’s an assassin, lack of conscience when it comes to making the hard decisions.

The series takes place in the same world as my other works, so, much like those, there’s a science fantasy angle to the stories, with a good blend of magic and technology which doesn’t always play well together. Actually, it never plays well together, which is all right because it gives me plenty of opportunities to create mayhem.

4.  What kind of research do you do for your writing?

One of the nice things about being a writer, even one who writes about made-up stuff, is the possible range of topics one can delve into while trying to figure out how best to present a scene or character in the best, most genuine light. While I do strive for some level of legitimacy, say if I’m writing about a ship captain, because this is fantasy I also feel I have a lot of leeway in bending (warping?) conventional thinking. That being said, topics I research range from nautical terminology to medieval cuisine and clothing to Newton’s laws of motion to negative energy to black holes, amongst others.

5.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

If I had to choose any one author to call my favorite, I’d pick Robin Hobb. She is consistently superb in her writing style, quality of storytelling, and development of characters. The Farseer Trilogy is amongst my favorite series of all time. I’m happy that she’s now revisiting those characters in particular in a third series.

6.  What are you working on next?

I’ve got two projects ongoing right now. The first is the next Assassin Without a Name story. That one is called, “Thief’s Gambit,” and involves our witty assassin’s old flame recruiting him for another secret mission for her mysterious employer. The second is the next novel in The Alchemancer series, which is called “The Inversion Solution.” It’s currently in the planning stages. It’ll get kicked into high gear as soon as I’m done with “Thief’s Gambit.”

7.  Fantasy has made huge leaps in popularity lately. Why do you think that is?

It’s definitely exploded into the mainstream, hasn’t it? I think a lot of things are responsible. However, to name a couple, I’d say technology and the fact that the quality of writing has simply gotten way, way better than ever before. With respect to the first, the Internet, and social media specifically, has allowed people to connect and share information and interests in ways not possible previously. This has brought together like-minded groups and allowed interest in things like fantasy, comics, etc. to flourish. Second, content producers have really been striving to deliver quality. Look at something like The Walking Dead. No flashy special effects, no over-the-top, crazy action. Just a whole lot of engaging storylines, characters viewers care about, and writers willing to adhere to some level of reality (yes, reality; people will slip into anarchy without laws, and that’s what happens).

8.  What is something your readers would be surprised to know about you?

That my three favorite foods are peanut butter, bananas, and ice cream, and if I can get all three together, then all the better!

Author Interview: J. David Core


Today I have for you an interview with J. David Core, writer of the Lupa Schwartz mystery series.

Core’s latest mystery novel (actually three novellas in one volume) comes out on August 6th. It’s entitled “Fair Play.”  You can find out more about J. David Core at the writer’s blog here:

1.   So what made you want to write?

My father was an avid reader and a would-be writer. People still talk about what a good story teller he and my grandfather were. I also have a brother and sister who are excellent story tellers. Unlike my relatives, I don’t have the personality to blurt out an entertaining story, but I do have the patience and the tenacity to craft one. So since there were always books around the house and since I wanted to entertain with a good yarn the way my family did, I started writing.

2.  I see you write mysteries. What about this genre appeals to you?

I used to write sci-fi. The thing I like about sci-fi and the thing I also like about mysteries is that the stories often have clever twists; like finding out that Soylent Green is people or that the ape planet is really Earth after a catastrophic war relegated humans to second-class animal status. But mysteries are more grounded in reality and in that way are more restrictive. Something about those kinds of limits makes the writing of a well-designed plot more satisfying. For the same reason I prefer writing rhyming, metered poetry to free form; and I like parody over satire.

3.  I think we’re all influenced by popular media these days–movies, books, and music. What of these has influenced you the most, and why?

Definitely movies. When I have spare time, I love watching movies. I also like reading books, but since I can watch five or six movies in the time it takes me to read a book, there are a lot more movies in my pool of influencing media than there are novels. Also, when I find that a movie is being made from a book I liked, I usually watch the movie which then winds up informing my memory of the story more than the reading experience did. Sadly, my fond recollections of Tom Robbins book “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” was negatively impacted by that gawdawful Uma Thurman movie version.

4.  Tell me about your latest book.

“Fair Play” is the third installment in the Lupa Schwartz Mysteries. It consists of three novellas. The first two are traditional whodunnits in the Sherlock Holmes/Nero Wolfe mold, and they feature the PI and his household that I introduced in the first two Lupa Schwartz novels. The third is a noir revenge story set in the same universe, but all of the characters (except for one or two) are new. The first story is a classic locked-door-mystery about a contestant on a reality game show who is murdered on the set in front of the cameras with a roomful of fellow contestants who are all suspects. The second story has the PI and his narrator — his Watson — going undercover in a convenience store to determine who poisoned the manager and they uncover a counterfeiting ring in the process. The last story follows a bounty hunter who is bringing a skip home and on the journey tells about a previous bail jumper who may or may not be planning a murder.

5.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

My favorite mystery writer is Raymond Chandler. He didn’t invent the hard boiled PI, but he perfected it. His use of language, the way he set a scene, he was genius.  His similes are incomparable. Marlowe had a real personality, with real thoughts and flaws. I also love Douglas Adams, Rex Stout, and Mark Twain. My favorite contemporary writer is probably Dan Brown.

6.  I understand you also write for charity. Tell me more about that and how it work.

I like to participate in charity anthologies. Full disclosure, it helps with discoverability. People find me among the crowd in the anthology, and hopefully it funnels them to my other work. But even if that doesn’t happen, it’s rewarding to be involved in the collections anyway. I am involved in two community service groups in my hometown. I like the giving back. As for how it works, the projects were handled by other people. All I did was submit a story here and there. The editors compile the books, and put them up for sale, and arrange to direct the proceeds to the charities. That’s the heavy lifting.

7.  What are you working on next?

I just finished the first draft of a graphic novel to be called “The Return of the Dragon.” It’s an updated retelling of the King Arthur legend with vampires. It’s in beta at the moment, and will probably be a few months in coming. Then I have the fourth Lupa Schwartz book which is already written but has not gone through beta.

8.  Any advice for other writers out there?

I have a blog where I review indie books (where you can also come join my mailing list — by the way,) and I have a page dedicated to advice for how to write a review request. If there’s one piece of advice from that list I would stress it’s this — never apologize. So many authors begin their review requests saying something like, “I’m sorry if this isn’t what you’re looking for, but…” Do not do that. Sell the book. Sell yourself. You’ve written an epic that will change the world. Own it.

Author Interview: A. J. Colby


It’s Friday!  That means hopefully tomorrow I get to sleep in. It also means it’s time for another interview with an indie author. Today I have A.J. Colby, writer of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. You can find out more about A.J. at the writer’s website here:


1.  So what made you want to write books?

My family has always been big on reading, with both of my parents encouraging us kids to read from an early age. When I was eleven years old the movie ‘Interview With The Vampire’ came out, and while my parents wouldn’t let me go see the movie they were happy to let me read the book. It’s the first real adult book I remember reading, and I was instantly hooked on both Anne Rice’s books and vampires in general. Something in Anne Rice’s writing spoke to me, and I knew without a doubt that one day I wanted to inspire the same feeling in my own readers. I spent the next twenty years starting and stopping projects that I hoped would become my first novel. The day before my 31st birthday I decided to try again, and 90 days later finished writing ‘Hunted.’

2.  I understand you just released Book 1 of a new series, and Book 2 is coming out this fall. Tell me about the series.

The Riley Cray series is an urban fantasy series based in modern-day Colorado. I’ve been a fan of urban fantasy for years, but didn’t want to just regurgitate the same stories and mythos I’ve read over the years. I wanted to take the familiar tropes of vampires and werewolves and add my own spin to them. The first book is geared towards introducing the reader to Riley and some of the other characters who will feature prominently throughout the series, while the second book will begin to give the reader a glimpse of the world at large and how it differs from ours. In book 2 Riley gets drawn into the world of the vamps, who most certainly don’t sparkle in my world (unless maybe if they’re on fire!), and I reveal some more of the ways my versions of vamps and weres differ from what readers have seen before.

3.  I have to admit that lately I’m liking serial killers more than vampires or werewolves. What made you decide to take this kind of spin on the genre?

I wanted to start off the series with a bang, and decided that I needed the main antagonist to be something truly horrifying, so I tried to think about what my main character, Riley, would find the most scary. She’s already suffered quite a lot in her fairly short life, but nothing had as much of an impact on her as her transformation into a werewolf. Sometimes monsters are the creature hiding under your bed, and sometimes they’re the charming guy sitting next to you on the bus. I wanted my bad guy to be a combination of both. I mean come on, what’s scarier than a serial killer werewolf?

4.  Why do you think that paranormal romance appeals so much to readers today?

I don’t think that paranormal romance is all that much of a new thing really. We (readers) have been drawn to paranormal romance for a long time. I’d consider Dracula to be somewhat of a paranormal romance due to the relationship between the Count and Mina, which to me is the driving force behind the tale. Even Jane Eyre, and similar works, could almost be considered paranormal romance with their mysterious entities living hidden away in attics and wandering the moors. Is it a ghost, or a former mistress gone mad? While I do think the genre has grown in popularity, especially with works such as the Twilight Saga, Beautiful Creatures, etc. that appeal to a younger audience, I think it’s growth can also be attributed to the simple fact that it’s a lot more accessible through avenues such as the Kindle and Nook.

5.  Who is your favorite writer, and why?

Do I have to pick just one? I’m not sure I could that! Anne Rice of course, it near the top of the list simply because she was my introduction to urban fantasy and first inspired me to write. Another favorite is Jim Butcher — I love the Dresden Files! Harry is delightfully sarcastic and a bit of a bumbling idiot at times. I’m always fond of the flawed hero, who’s not some invincible bad*ss but rather a regular guy who’s thrust into impossible situations and has to figure out how he’s going to get himself out, sometimes a little worse for wear. There’s nothing that becomes boring quicker than an invincible, perfect hero. I guess that’s why I’ve always liked Batman more than Superman. I’m also a fan of Jane Austen. My mum is an avid Austen fan and got me into her books several years ago. Since then I’ve enjoyed branching out into some of the Austen variations, especially the works by Elizabeth Aston. A newly discovered favorite is Hugh Howey, who is just a literary genius. I devoured Wool as though my life depended on it.

6.  What project are you working on now?

I’ve got a couple projects in the works right now — a short story in the Riley Cray series, as well as books 2 (Bitten) and 3 (Marked). The short story, Midnight Mistletoe, will be coming out at the end of July, and Bitten will be released in the Fall.

7.  Paranormal romance is supposed to be a little creepy. Have you ever had an experience that was frightening or creepy?  If so, please share!

I don’t know if it counts as a creepy experience, but I often have very vivid dreams about serial killers hunting me and my friends/family. It’s a little disturbing to see some of the things my mind can come up with!

8.  What advice do you have for other writers?

The simplest advice I could give is to just keep writing. I know everyone says it, and that it’s far easier said than done, but it really is the only way to succeed. I resented hearing it every time someone would tell me to just keep writing, but if I’d given up the first time it got a little hard I’d never have gotten to where I am now. If you can write during the hard times, when you just want to give up and pack it all in, you can write through anything.

My other piece of advice would be to not let jealousy get in the way of your own writing. So often, I see people become envious of someone else’s success, and it just makes me so sad. It’s hard enough being an indie author without having your fellow authors tear you down, or letting your own work suffer due to your jealousies of someone else. Communities such as Kboards are full of helpful information and inspiring success stories, but it’s also home to a lot of bitterness. Celebrate the success of your fellow authors and learn from their experiences.