Video: Five Reasons You Should NOT Self-Publish Your Book

July 21, 2016 Video Blog, Writing Comments (0) 295

One of the most frequent questions I hear from other writers is whether it’s a good idea to self-publish their books.
Trying to break into traditional publishing with a big or small house, or even just finding an agent, is a long and frustrating process that involves just a ton of rejection.
You’ve worked hard on your book, and you just want to find some readers. Self-publishing seems like a way to bypass a lot of hurdles and start your career.
I get why it’s tempting, but here are five good reasons I think you should not self-publish.

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Cartoon: From Birth

December 28, 2015 Artwork, Comics, In The News Comments (0) 576

After it was announced that yet another killer cop was going to walk without so much as a trial, Roxane Gay put out a suggestion for an editorial cartoon. I’m not sure I can fairly describe this as “collaboration,” but whatever it is, I was excited to be part of it.

It’s a weird/shitty thing about drawing editorial cartoons that you sometimes do your best work in response to the worst things happening in the world, but that’s the nature of the art form. It’s not often you get a chance to impress someone you really admire, and as awful as this verdict (and this day) are, it felt really good to hear she liked it.

There’s a second version with a word balloon, and at first I didn’t know which I liked better. The more I look at it, the more I prefer this version.

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The Tortured Cake Metaphor

December 7, 2015 Writing Comments (0) 251

 

It’s been a while since I posted something here other than a cartoon, but I had a few thoughts I wanted to share about writing–by way of talking about cake.

Have you ever baked a cake? It’s more challenging than you might think. Many bakers will tell you that “cooking is an art, but baking is a science.” Getting the right flavor, shape, and texture means carefully balancing ingredients (chemistry actually comes into this, because a lot baking is about balancing pH), methods of mixing and combining ingredients, baking time, and sometimes advanced tricks like freezing layers between baking. Continue Reading

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Dear Sam

November 25, 2015 Artwork, Comics, Politics / Religion Comments (0) 366

First chunk of free time I’ve had in quite a while, so you may get a few cartoons in the next couple of days.

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More Crimes That Never Happen!

November 12, 2015 Artwork, Comics, Gay and Lesbian, Politics / Religion Comments (0) 273

Perhaps the very worst thing about the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is that voters feared imaginary sexual assault so much that they voted in favor of actual sexual assault. There’s basically no documented history of straight men pretending to be transgender so they can access womens’ bathrooms. There is, however, a long and savage history of sexual abuse of transgender people just for being transgender–and for using the restroom to which their chromosomal gender would assign them.

There are people I respect who believe this vote really was about restrooms, and a visceral response to a perceived loss of privacy. Clearly I am not one of those people.

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The Graveyard Slot is available free at Medium!

October 29, 2015 Writing Comments (0) 256

My zombie-tastic short story The Graveyard Slot is now available, free in its entirety, over at Medium. Here’s how it opens!

Richie’s TV was on the fritz, and Mom was parked in the living room watching her American Idol or The Apprentice or So You Think You Can Castrate a Dachshund or some other bullshit. He had to pull the old Magnavox from the back closet of the basement, its plastic belly bulging with tubes and capacitors. It was hidden behind three dusty boxes of old magazines that Richie relocated, swearing under his breath. When he wrapped his arms around the Magnavox, strands of sticky spider web clung to his hands like a mummy’s wrappings. They tore free with a sound like Velcro, and Richie swore he felt hairy legs scramble across the backs of his fingers.

Medium is a great site for readers, and I’ve been experimenting with using it to publish fiction. This is the first time this particular story has been available anywhere for free, and I hope you enjoy.

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