A few updates. First, as you may have noticed, I’ve changed me name here. I gave it a lot of thought, and it doesn’t make sense for me to be Modern Authors on this site when there’s a second author. Stories and articles that come from me aren’t any more “official” than the ones written by elihowlett and my name should reflect that. So, from now on, my name here is Eldiste. This coincides with a site redesign. The new design is more mobile friendly, I feel. I’ll probably be making some more changes and adding some features later, so let me know what you think.

Second, The Road to Self Publishing will kick in a little more soon, so if you want to review it, this is a good time. You can find the main page here. We’ll be moving more into the nuts and bolts of publishing soon, so if you’re wanting to read about the actual writing and revision parts, what’s up now is what your going to be looking for.

Third, as those of you who have read Road to Self Publishing may have guessed, getting down to the nuts and bolts of publishing in that series means I’m getting closer to publishing my book. The book in question is ASH. It’s the one I introduced during NaNoWriMo. I’ll be doing a formal introduction for it later, complete with a release date, but for now, expect it around July. Oh, and there’s a slight tweak on the cover since the last time I posted about it.promotion

Hopefully, after things settle a bit with the book, I can get back to putting more stories up here. In the mean time, if you have any ideas for the site, let me know.


Playing with the Devil

It was a light green, brightly glowing orb.  He held it between his hands, never actually touching it, letting it float there.  His wide set blue eyes bore into me, watching me stare at the orb.

“What’s the catch?” I asked, folding my arms over my chest.  I was betting it was something I wouldn’t want to do.  It seemed like an odd thing, for him to be standing there in my kitchen, looking at me with that strange glint in his eyes. Continue reading “Playing with the Devil”


Here’s an entry for Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The challenge this time was to take a tweet from the Magical Realism Bot on Twitter and write a story inspired by it. Here is the tweet I chose. Enjoy. Continue reading “Egg”

The Road to Self Publishing- The Hardest Writing


So, I’ve sent off copies of my work to beta-readers (in multiple formats, need to be accommodating to the people who are helping me). So, now it’s time to sit around, twiddling my thumbs (or doing my day job) and wait for them to send it back, right? Ha. Ha. No. Remember that list from the last article? If not, go back and refresh your memory. As you can see, there’s no shortage of things that need to be done, and some (many?) can be done as you’re waiting for beta-reading to be done. Today, we’re going to look at a small piece of the marketing puzzle- the back of the book blurb. Continue reading “The Road to Self Publishing- The Hardest Writing”

The Road to Self Publishing- The Afterdraft


As always, if this is the first Road to Self Publishing post you’ve read, check out the master post here. It’ll take you through the whole series.

So, you’ve written and re-written your book several times now. You’ve gone over it with a fine-toothed comb. It’s as close to perfect as you can make it. The works over, right? No. Like every other blogger who’s gone through the self-publishing gauntlet, I’ve discovered that there is so much to do after I’ve hit my final draft. The things I have left, in no particular order are:

  • Have my final draft beta-read
  • Have at least one copy edit done
  • Get my cover up to par (more on that in a later post)
  • Choose publishing packages/vendors
  • Figure out how to market this thing

Continue reading “The Road to Self Publishing- The Afterdraft”

The Sacred Character

So, I was reading an excellent thread on Twitter about fandom’s tendency to over-analyze works, and it got me thinking about how people think about characters as real people who just happen to be in fictional books. The thread I’m talking about is below, give it a read, it’s good. Or, go directly to the thread here.

Continue reading “The Sacred Character”

The Office Copy Machine

The elevator dings and the doors open. I get in and press 8, top floor of our little office building. Only a few weeks on the job and I’ve already learned that the place isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s the regional headquarters for a big tech company, though I’d rather not say which. Sounds pretty good, right? Turns out, our office exists mainly for tax purposes, so we aren’t what you would call “important” to the mothership. They bought an office building and staffed us. We have actual work to do, sure, but it’s mostly the boring busywork that the “thinkers” at the mothership don’t want to do. It’s boring, but it’s a job, and it doesn’t pay too bad either. Continue reading “The Office Copy Machine”