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3 Reasons Every Indie Author Should Be Advertising on Facebook

As an independently published author, I’ve noticed a lot of advice floating around about building my author platform, establishing my brand and the importance of having a social media presence. What I haven’t seen people blogging heavily about is the value of Facebook ads for indie authors. If you’ve been in this business long enough. . . Read More


3 Things Every Indie Author Needs to Know Before Starting Out

Paths of Alir, the third book in my award-winning epic fantasy series, released in stores on Saturday (Yay!!). Along the runway to this book release, I started my own publishing company and created the imprint Five Strands Publishing. Since starting on the indie publishing path in 2010 with Cephrael’s Hand, I’ve learned from the wisdom and experience of. . . Read More


They’re here! Spectacular new covers for A Pattern of Shadow & Light Books 1-3

  When I began thinking about cover design for Paths of Alir, the third book in my award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow & Light, I started looking through covers for similar fantasy books published in the last few years. When I published Dagger of Adendigaeth in 2012, fantasy covers were still primarily showing work from commissioned graphic artists. In the. . . Read More


The Next Big Thing

By some fluke of planetary alignment, divine intervention, or (possibly) my unexpectedly excellent karma, three authors have nominated me for The Next Big Thing in the same momentous weekend. I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve such an honor, but I accept with gratitude and a plethora of thanks. First, with gratitude to Clive. . . Read More


Fiction Frolic for All Hallows Read

  For the first 3 weeks of October, myself and nine amazing authors have pooled our creative resources into a promotional event to support the tradition originated by Neil Gaiman of giving a book or a scary story away each Halloween. You can read more about All Hallow’s Read here.     Our goal is to raise 1000. . . Read More


More Than Skin Deep – What’s In A Cover?

I’ve been working with an artist on the cover for book 2, The Dagger of Adendigaeth, as we creep ever closer to publication. For this book cover, I asked Kentaro Kanamoto to paint on his virtual canvas what I’ve been envisioning in the universe of my own mind for so long. He’s returned some incredible. . . Read More


Thank you, Forbes, for an unbiased view

David Vinjamuri wrote an excellent article for Forbes Magazine that encapsulates the situation in publishing today, examining the view of this rapidly changing industry from both sides. To listen to the cyber natter and chatter battering about on the subject of indie publishing, it’s hard to determine if the generalized “traditional pub” view of indie. . . Read More


My interview on Self-Publishing Review

I was recently interviewed by Lela Michael for Self-Publishing Review on the use of languages in fantasy.   Interview: Fantasy Author Melissa McPhail on the Use of Languages SELF-PUBLISHING REVIEW: In my SPR review of Cephrael’s Hand, Book One in your series, I labeled it Epic High Fantasy, with Epic referring to a mythology the characters will. . . Read More