Category: Horvath Blog

Writing Tips from the Bards

We asked our Bards if they have any words of wisdom for aspiring authors, and this is what they served us up:


7795837Robert Cely: If you really feel called to write, then it’s something you have to stick with. A lot of people I knew wanted to be a writer one day, and I am the only one of them that is still hammering away at it that I know of.… Register or log in to access full content

Author Involvement Central to New Publishing Models

Digital technologies have made it easier than ever to produce, distribute, and market a book. The person best able to advocate for a book is the one who wrote it. That means that if a publisher has to choose between two books of equal quality and the difference lies in the willingness of one author to get out their and hawk their book, that's the one they're going to go for. Pinning your hopes on finding a publisher that is going to do all the work for you, happily satisfied that they found a quality manuscript, is increasingly just that: a hope.

Amazon’s War on Lightning Source

It appears to me that Amazon is in an undeclared war with Lightning Source (henceforth, LSI).

Before there was Bard and Book, there was the publishing endeavors of Athanatos Publishing Group.  I was set up pretty early with LSI and fairly well pleased with the arrangement.  My titles could be picked up anywhere--chiefly, though, they were purchased by Amazon.

No sooner did I get involved in publishing did I observe that Amazon liked to shift things around and change them up. … Register or log in to access full content

Changes at Bard and Book

Hopefully by now our registered members have noticed our email notifications when new stories or blog posts are made.   Since free members only have access to a story for the first 30 days, these notifications will allow them to jump on right away and read the story.  We also encourage you to leave feedback on those stories on the story page.  If you don't want to receive notifications, you can make the change by logging in and going to your user profile.… Register or log in to access full content

Reflections on the State of Publishing

I am not a big New York publisher but I think I have a pretty good idea what is going on in the publishing industry.  I have been publishing books and ebooks for going on five years, and it is because of my experiences in those projects that Bard and Book was born.  Clearly, the closure of Borders bookstore says something important.  The rise of Kindle... well, I don't need to dwell on it;  most people already know the industry is being shaken to the core.… Register or log in to access full content

My inaugural blog post on Bard and Book

As the instigator of Bard and Book Publishing, it seemed fitting to take a minute to give a little background.  People love that kind of stuff, right?

I suppose the origin of the idea has to go back to Daniel Q, who sent me a link talking about '1,000 true fans.'  The idea in the link was that the old models of making a living could be set aside because of Internet technologies that allowed even average joe's to find and connect with people. … Register or log in to access full content

Installment One of my Brave New World Novel

The genesis of this novella in progress was a short story I wrote a few years back.  I never felt satisfied with it, feeling it needed a longer treatment.  I have already begun work on that treatment.  The opening sequence is below.  To check out the short story and some other tidbits, go here.


Rasputin ground his heel into Smitty’s face.  He felt the cheek bone give way slightly as it rolled underneath his foot and he wondered if he had broken it. … Register or log in to access full content