Creativity / writing

Writing Wednesday: A Do It Yourself Attitude


One of the things that I love about writing (and why I chose it among my creative outlet options) is that – especially in these days of ePublishing and Indie – I’m not dependent on anyone else. I write when I have time and when I want to.

I’ve considered having someone else edit, or create covers and publish, but that just wouldn’t feel right – AND I’m on a shoestring here – where would the money come from? Why should a “starving artist” make himself starve more?

And of course, the editing and everything else I do is part of my process – I’m not the best editor, but if I wasn’t editing it myself I would miss other problems in my stories. If you want something done right…

Of course, that also means if I don’t do it, there isn’t someone to pick up the slack. And so, when life happens as it has for the last couple of months, I don’t have anyone to fall back on. I mean – how could I? What is the value of calling yourself an author if you get someone else to write it for you (unless, of course, you’re King James or any of a number of politicians)? What I write is truly MINE! And once I get through this dry patch (which I was flooded into, ironically), it will STILL be all me.

The ultimate in personal responsibility: The buck stops here.

Just saying…


collection3coverThis week’s Smashwords coupon is for Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND – my third short story collection, which contains the following:

“In Robert’s Memory”: An interplanetary tourist ship runs into its own version of an iceberg; it’s up to R0B3rt to ensure its passengers’ survival. Careful – you spend enough time around people and they’re bound to rub off on you.

“My Reality Show”: The voices may be in your head, but that doesn’t mean they’re not real… Convinced that there’s something else going on in there, a man decides to lay down the rules of engagement for his own First Contact.

“The Body”: A long-suffering, social-climbing son deals with more than the usual embarrassment of misbehaving parents, hoping to find acceptability in the certainty of their demise. If some things would just stay buried…

“Choosing the Right Time”: Who hasn’t thought about how different their life would be, if only they had made this choice instead of that one? A young man finds out that no matter how amazing a technology can be, there are no simple fixes.

“The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions”: Fresh from the University, Sheila Wulf thinks she’s made her mark when she discovers an alien species, but her fifteen minutes of xenopological fame seems to be wasted on a tribe of uncooperative crabs.

“Thank You for Your Interest in XenCorp”: In this perpetual economic down-turn, who in their right mind would restrict their job search pool to local employers only? Consider off-worlding!

Use coupon code ZM35Z to get an additional 67% off the newly reduced cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until October 15th. Here’s the link:


My next release will be “Hard Times” (Detective Jimmy Delaney #6); I still have to format and create cover (all by myself.) Release date is October 21st.


killingthemsoftlycoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his latest publication “Killing Them Softly”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):
• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri


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