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Introducing Roy D. Bridges, Jr.

Roy Bridges's memoir, An Improbable Astronaut, launched on May 17, 2022. In this interview, we talk about everything from parenting to religion, and from Earth to space! Enjoy! HA: Why did you choose to work with Heart Ally Books? RB: I had originally contacted commercial and university publishing organizations but could not find a good […]

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Introducing Diana Delacruz

I met Diana in a class that I teach for writers on website design. As we were working, I was struck by the beauty of the writing in her blog and the snippets of stories that she shared. When I tried to buy them, I discovered that they were all peacefully waiting in a drawer […]

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Introducing June A. Converse

June Converse is the newest member of the Heart Ally Books family. I met her while teaching a class and was instantly drawn to the hopefulness of her writing. Her positivity and the beauty of her writing delighted me. I read her first book, Decide to Hope, before I learned she was looking for a […]

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Introducing Terry C. Pierce

I’m excited to introduce you all to retired Captain Terry C. Pierce, the latest Heart Ally author. His book Without Warning officially launches on June 15. HA: Why did you choose to work with Heart Ally Books? TCP: A leading literary agency expressed interest in Without Warning, but they requested I cut the book in […]

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On Racism

In our world, all companies need to state their position on racism clearly. Over the last few days, the publishing industry in particular has been called out for systemic racial bias. Heart Ally's approach to paying our authors is different than the mainstream. As such, all of our authors are paid the same regardless of […]

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Daniel Ottalini's Newest Novella

It is a crazy time in the world! Are you staying safe at home? Have you read any good books lately? Today I'm doing a follow up interview with Daniel Ottalini, author of the Steam Empire Chronicles. I met Daniel a few years ago at a publishing convention. HA: When we met, you were being […]

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How to Hire an Editor

Note: This post contains some excerpts from the infamous book 5 of my Publishing Gold Series, the one that can't be published on Amazon. I'm offering a special price on that book since you have to go to Smashwords to get it. Use coupon code: QN34K  and you'll get it for 99 cents. Coupon is […]

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Cover Reveal for Publishing Gold

Here are the covers for the first two books in my Publishing Gold series:    

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The Book that Can't be Published

I made a stunning mistake. I wrote a book that can't be published. It takes skill to be that amazingly shortsighted. Especially given that I'm an indie publisher! I've taught classes on indie publishing, both one-on-one and in group settings, for years. There are thousands of books out there on the subject. But I came […]

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Publishing 101

Prerequisite: Publishing 99. If you haven't done those things, you don't belong here. You aren't ready to be published yet—regardless of method. In college creative writing classes, I learned how to get published. The steps were deceptively simple: Write a good book. Get an agent. Get a publisher. No one ever promised I'd make money, […]

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Publishing 99

Writing is a business, and it requires more thought than setting up a lemonade stand. Writing isn't magic. It's a craft. You need to learn it, hone it, polish it. You may have a gift for storytelling, but if you can't use the language—your brush—you can't paint the word pictures to bring the story to […]

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Self-Publishing is Dead

There. I said it. Self-publishing is dead. But before you all scream and throw fire balls at me, read on. The publishing industry is changing. Dramatically. Daily. I'm not saying anything that everyone doesn't already know. But I see a lot of folks trying to describe what is going on in terms of a model […]

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