Author: SR Staley

SR Staley has one more than 11 literary awards for his fiction and nonfiction writing. He is on the full-time faculty of the College and Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University as well as a film critic and research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California. His award-winning Pirate of Panther Bay series (syppublishing.com) has won awards in historical fiction, mainstream & literary fiction, young adult fiction, and reached the finals in women's fiction. His most recent book is "The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution" due out in April 2020 (Routledge).

The Humbling Truth about Choosing Book Covers

As an author, I’ve been fortunate because I’ve had substantial input in the design of…

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When Reality Meets Fiction: Guns & Vigilante Justice

A sad story playing out in Oklahoma City reminds me of how fiction and reality…

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Your Book Costs How *#&! Much? Part 2

This is the second post in a three-part series on how to realistically price books…

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Your Book Costs How *#&! Much? Part 1

As a professional economist, I thought I knew something about pricing. The higher the price,…

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Thoughts About Dialogue

I recently had the pleasure of seeing the movie Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, an independent…

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Five Hard Lessons From A Free E-Book Experiment

Back in 2006, when my first novel, The Pirate of Panther Bay, was released (kindle…

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The Primacy of Self-Editing

With six books under my belt, I’ve learned the importance of self-editing (as well as…

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Big Publishers: What Are They Good For?

The New York Times recently ran an inspiring story about writer Amanda Hocking (March 24,…

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The Challenge of Book Positioning

One of the more difficult and important tasks in writing a book, whether fiction or…

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The long, hard road to overnight success

As writers, we are always hoping for literary and commercial success. And we dream of…

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