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Something About Me and My Book:
I've been a writer six years, had several novels contracted for publishing, both romance and time travel romance. I also have sci-fi novellas coming out with Aberrant Dreams in their anthology, and one Planetary Stories. I've had numerous short stories published with such magazines as AlienSkin, Continuum SF, Jim Baen's Universe, Fables, Aberrant Dreams, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit, and others. I've had articles with Neometropolis, Midnight Street, UK, AlienSkin, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction, and again with many others. Finally, I'm a book reviewer for Novelspot

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Self-Publishing--Is it an option? Yes, And A Good One!

Self-Publishing--Is it an option?

Self-publishing. For me, that has always equated to those detestable two words: VANITY PRESS! And I’ve always shunned those. They usually produced inferior books, had little or no distribution, and/or the books were so expensive nobody would buy them. They were really just to assuage the author’s vanity, in my opinion, hence the… Continue

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Science Fiction Authors Who Are Gender Benders

Authors Who Are Gender Benders

Now, this doesn’t mean we’re talking about authors who are following the path of say, David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust days, or Boy George, or any others who so excelled at the androgynous idea, either…

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 6:24am — 1 Comment

Some Tips For Marketing your Books

Ah marketing! How I hate it! I think most writers do.

Marketing oneself as a writer. It does make one feel like a bit of a prostitute at times, no doubt about it. Not only do we have to have good imaginations these days, the ability to come up with plots and actually take months to write them down, take the abuse of publishers and their numerous rejections, but we have to do so much more! We have to market ourselves, and our work.

And that "ain't easy!" It can be… Continue

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 6:38am — 4 Comments

Getting The Research Right - Using Medieval Villages and Cities as Historical/Fantasy Story Settings

...Or, How not to End Up as the Village Idiot!

The Black Knight thundered down the road. He raced passed the old abbey. Its crenellated walls thrust defiantly upward, as if daring the forces of darkness to attack it. However, the knight knew that his best hope lay in the hamlet ahead of him. It was there that he was to meet with the White Wizard. So on he galloped, passing the wattle huts of the outlying and poorest inhabitants, and then past the quaint stone… Continue

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 8:47am

How to Get Your Book Published In Five Easy Steps!

Now this is going to be a daring article, because the title makes it sound as if I actually know what I’m talking about here. Well, I do -- to a point. I have been repeatedly published and at pro rates, and I do have three novels under contract, as well. So, I’m not entirely ignorant on this matter. And the reason I felt this article might have value is that I belong to an organization known as, and being a member of it has brought something important to my… Continue

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

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At 1:06pm on March 26, 2010, Kate L gave Rob Shelsky a gift
I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at
At 4:19pm on October 20, 2009, ANTHONY ARNOLD said…
Hi Rob. Hope you have been able to check out my book, "Target Washington: The Search for Osama bin Laden. Some book stores are carrying my book, but you can also order a signed copy from . And I would be humbled for a review from you. Thanks

At 5:36pm on July 24, 2009, ANTHONY ARNOLD said…
Thanks for your compliment Rob. And a more sincere thanks for "serving my country" comment. Sometimes, people occasionally overlook the benefits of freedom. Also, I do hope you find the opportunity to get a chance to read my new book, "Target Washington: The Search for Osama bin Laden," ISBN: 9781434375230. Some of the book details have already been aired on the CBS 60 Minutes on 7.12.09. Even though my book was published three months prior to the airing, I do not believe that any of the information used on 60 Minutes came from my book, just some of it coincidental.
At 11:17am on July 22, 2009, Independent Book Reviews said…

Congratulations on your book.

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At 8:03am on July 22, 2009, Rob Shelsky said…

Oh, I thought you might like to see the illustration for my novella, Avenger Of The People, coming out this November with Aberrant Dreams hard cover anthology, The Awakening. I think it's great, but then, I can appreciate art, even if I can't do it! Ah well...
At 5:10am on July 21, 2009, DragonCub said…

I'll appreciate if you check out DragonCub – ( A brand new online bookstore ) at

This site is specially designed for your to add book(s) easily and let others know about your work and generate sales ! Nothing is charged from you!

Looking forward.
At 3:23am on July 20, 2009, Ann B. Keller said…
Welcome, Rob! Glad to have another sci-fi guru here.

Ann B. Keller
Author of Crenellations and BRIGGEN
At 3:40pm on July 17, 2009, Sylvia Melvin said…
I'm not interested in writing science fiction but I do write romance. Tell us more about reviewing books for Novelspot.
At 2:24pm on July 17, 2009, Rebecca J Vickery said…
Hi Rob,
My friend Brian L. Porter, author of A Study in Red, put me onto this site and I'm loving it. Made some great new friends and contacts already. Hope you enjoy your time here.
At 1:21am on July 17, 2009, John Kremer said…
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