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About thewoodlander

Kirk Watson is the author of The Grey Tales series of novels featuring squirrel-of-action John Grey. He resides in Austin, Texas.

O Captain, My Captain

Say it isn’t so! I read with dismay the news that Robin Williams has died of apparent suicide at the age of 63. This saddens me immensely, as he has long been one of my favorite performers. I still have fond … Continue reading

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Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited – Good for Readers, What About Authors?

By now you’ve probably heard of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s new subscription service that’s being dubbed “Netflix for books.” Subscribers pay a monthly fee of $9.99 to gain unlimited access to an electronic library of 600,000 ebooks. There’s a 30-day free trial, so I decided to … Continue reading

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Plotting Revisited

I’ve written about plotting before, but over the past year my thoughts on the subject have evolved, so I thought I would revisit it. When I first started writing The Woodlander, I was firmly in the “just wing it” camp. the … Continue reading

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An International Collaboration between Authors

One of the great things about blogging is the opportunity you get to interact with lots of wonderful people from around the globe. One such person I’ve had the fortune of meeting is Anthony Lance, a fellow author residing in … Continue reading

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Ebooks: Cheap, or Inexpensive?

One year when I was a kid, my older brother received an electric guitar for Christmas. It was one of those cheap Harmony guitars, the kind you used to find in the back of a Sears catalog. It even came … Continue reading

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Elmore Leonard dead at 87

I don’t usually post news articles like this, but I’ll make an exception for Mr. Leonard. Fellow writers, we have lost a great one: Readers of this blog know I mentioned Mr. Leonard frequently in my posts on writing. As … Continue reading

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THE WOODLANDER | Animated Book Trailer

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks creating a trailer for my book The Woodlander. I’ve never done animation before (as if you couldn’t tell), but I did all the work myself, including the music. It was a lot of fun, but I’ll … Continue reading

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On prologues (with excerpt from The Woodlander)

  Depending on how you look at it, there are either a lot of rules when it comes to writing, or no rules at all. While I’d like to think of myself as an outlaw, there are certain conventions I … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Cover (with Poll!)

Now that The Woodlander is out, I thought it would be fun to look back at the different cover designs I went through, and let you vote on which one you like the best (there’s a poll at the end). … Continue reading

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Crossing the Chasm for Self-Published Authors – Part 2 : Target Market Initiatives

In my previous post, I discussed the principles of Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm  and identified five different user categories along the product adoption curve. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can do so here. Don’t worry; we’ll wait … Continue reading

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