Category Archives: Scott Recommends

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 »

The Indie Writer’s Tool Kit: How to Sell Better and Make More Money

Scott William Carter   January 7, 2012  

Well, the holidays came and went with the usual fanfare.  Lots of food, lots of gift wrapping, lots of good times.  And it’s raining a lot again here in the Willamette Valley.  Rainy and cold in January — no shock.  All the traditions continue. I’m co-teaching a workshop in “indie publishing” with Dean Wesley Smith next month in Lincoln City,… Read more »

Guest at North Coast Redwoods Writer’s Conference

Scott William Carter   July 30, 2011  

If you’re a writer anywhere near Crescent City, California on September 16-17, consider attending the North Coast Redwoods Writer’s Conference.  I’ll be one of the guest speakers, and one of the things I’ll be talking about are all the amazing changes taking place in the publishing industry — and how you can take advantage of them.  (I’m going to touch… Read more »

Recent Reads

Scott William Carter   March 9, 2009  

Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr.  Listened to this one as an audio book, and it lived up to its title:  It was both wicked and lovely.  A short, engaging YA novel about one teenage girl’s struggle to find her identity — while also struggling with her unusual ability to see a world populated by fairies, with a love story thrown in… Read more »

Recent Reads

Scott William Carter   February 2, 2009  

 Outliers, by Malcom Gladwell.  The story of success.  I’ve read Gladwells other two nonfiction bestsellers, and this one was just as compelling a read.  Gladwell focuses on the circumstances — both good and bad — that allow people to become extraordinarily successful.  The lesson?  If you understand that the “self-made man” is only a small part of the story, then… Read more »

Those Who Can, Teach

Scott William Carter   May 30, 2008  

There’s nothing better than listening to an author you enjoy read his or her own work — if that author knows how to read for an audience.   I’m currently listening to Neil Gaiman’s M is for Magic on my MP3 player, and he really does bring his fiction to life.  Gotta love that English accent, too.    If you’re a serious… Read more »

Friday Links

Scott William Carter   April 18, 2008  

Two minor things for a cold and damp Friday afternoon here in the Willamette Valley: If you’re into the social networks, check out my Myspace and Facebook pages.  And add me as a friend, if you like.  I doubt I’ll ever be as into these things as some people are, but with a book coming out down the road, I’ve been trying… Read more »


Scott William Carter   March 3, 2008  

Had a great time attending the Denise Little workshop on the Oregon coast this past weekend. Since Kris and Dean hadn’t done any workshops in several years, it was like a reunion for many of us, though I met plenty of new folks, too. Among those in attendance were Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Phaedra Weldon, Steve Mohan Jr., Ken Scholes, Adrian… Read more »