Category Archives: Publishing

Postcards from the Garage: Sunset in Bandon, Oregon (and a brief update)

Scott William Carter   January 10, 2018  

That’s a shot of the beach in Bandon, Oregon in mid-December. My daughter wanted to visit her best friend, who moved to northern California a few years ago, and we found a way to make it happen — flying her down from Portland to Arcata. It’s not something we can always do, but special friendships are worth a special effort,… Read more »

Two Reasons I Love Oregon, a Brief Update, and a Helpful Metaphor for Writers (And Other Creative Professionals) Struggling with How to Spend Their Time

Scott William Carter   March 25, 2016  

Reason #1: Reason #2: The two pictures above were taken about a week apart, both in the heart of winter here in Oregon. The first was at Cape Lookout, a two and a half mile hike that juts almost straight out into the Pacific Ocean. We took the whole family in early January and it was warm enough, even with… Read more »

A Shroud of Tattered Sails – Cover and Description

Scott William Carter   November 20, 2015  

That’s the cover for the upcoming Garrison Gage book, A Shroud of Tattered Sails, which is on target for a late December release. (Since I’m a pretty infrequent blogger, and only marginally better at social media, I always suggest signing up for my mailing list if you want to know right when my books are published.) You can click the image if you want… Read more »

Winter Update: New Myron Vale book coming soon

Scott William Carter   February 6, 2015  

Just a quick winter update on multiple fronts. That picture at the top is from a little weekend getaway that Heidi and I took to the Nye Beach area of Newport, Oregon. We stayed in the fantastic Slyvia Beach Hotel, where every room is themed after a different author. I took the picture on the beach below the Yaquina Lighthouse…. Read more »

Book Recommendation: Blockbusters by Anita Elberse

Scott William Carter   November 23, 2014  

If you want to make money as an artist, or at least understand what’s happening to writers, musicians, and other entertainers in the age of Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix, you really need to read Anita Elberse’s book, Blockbusters.  A professor at Harvard, her conclusions are grounded in plenty of evidence and ten years of research.  I can’t stress enough how much… Read more »

When Giving Away Free Books Is the Smartest Thing a Writer Can Do

Scott William Carter   September 2, 2014  

Nothing seems to stir up more disagreements among writers these days than all the issues related to pricing books. Unlike in traditional publishing, writers have lots of control about how they market their books on the indie side. And while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pricing or marketing, it’s become pretty clear to me that few writers understand how… Read more »

A Few Thoughts on Kindle Un/Limited (and the Biggest Mistake Amazon Is Making With Writers)

Scott William Carter   July 20, 2014  

If you’re not familiar with Amazon’s new subscription service for ebooks, here’s two articles for background:  Those articles both offer more than a knee-jerk anti-Amazon response, which you’ll often find in the media, but both sum up what I’ve been hearing from readers: meh. Been thinking about this a lot for the past week, as the debate on… Read more »


Scott William Carter   June 13, 2014  

It’s been far too long, but The Lovely Wicked Rain, the third in my Garrison Gage mystery series, is finally out in the world.  It was a lot of fun to spend a little time with Gage again, and I’m hoping my readers agree.  A little more information about the book is below.  These are standalone mysteries, so you don’t necessarily need… Read more »