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The Minimum Jetpack Plan Needed to be Included in WordPress Reader

If you don't know, Jetpack is a plugin that adds a bunch of extra features to your WordPress blog. Those features used to be contained in a single subscription, but now they're available a la carte. With the goal of saving some money in mind, I started to wonder, What's the minimum Jetpack plan required to be included in WordPress Reader?

My Marketing Resolutions for 2022

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I have an unhealthy relationship with the publishing and marketing side of being an indie author. I lament how difficult it is, but at the same time, refuse to learn anything about it. Every day, I check my sales, reviews, and marketing spend--often multiple times per day--and I don't know what to do with the information. Didn't sell a book? Not sure why! Sold a book? No idea how! Finally, after...

Literally Everything Happening in December 2021

It's December 1, and the holidays are officially upon us. With so much going on in the world, I thought I'd put together a list of things to get excited about this month, from the return of beloved movie franchises to the return of beloved sitcoms to the return of beloved baking shows. There's something for everyone this month: snow bunnies, zombie enthusiasts, and of course, cyberpunk murder...

Book Marketing: Having Fun With Your Built-in Audience

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I started self-publishing in 2004, and it took me a long, long time to figure out what most authors already knew: you don't market to friends and family. For one, they're often not your target cyberpunk-loving audience. Second, if they do buy your book, it will be because they either love you or genuinely enjoy your work. Either way, it's a limited audience, and your efforts (and money) are...

November 19, Austin

Packages have been arriving all week, most of them addressed to Bambina Verastiqui, the placeholder name we've given to our daughter. Each box we bring in from the doorstep is a reminder that we are wholly unprepared to bring an infant into this house. And it's not just the easy stuff like decorating her room or building her crib; we really have no idea what it's going to be like with a newborn...

10 Signs You’re a Rich Man in 2021

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No one would argue that income inequality is one of the biggest problems facing the 99%. Billionaires make, well, billions off the backs of hardworking Americans and then use that money to go into space without the decency to stay up there and leave the rest of us alone. Well, it's not all bad news. Thing is, because income levels are so stratified, there's a good chance you might actually be...

Flashes From The Verse: Consortium

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A man named Fool watched the jagged, deformed hands scroll by from the backseat of a hired car, the tint on the windows giving the solar collectors a gloomy feel, even as they sparkled like fractal stalks of pure obsidian. None of it had existed in Fool’s day. He gone on countless runs with his abuela to the massive cornfields in the surrounding counties to steal a trunkful of corn. Now all that...

We Got Covid Tested For Funsies, and It Wasn’t Funsies at All

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Dom and I don't watch Fox News, so we're fully vaccinated against COVID. Matador isn't, but only because a vaccine hasn't been approved for him yet. Even though he was potentially exposed, he wasn't showing any symptoms, so we didn't freak out too much about him getting sick. Once that initial panic died down, we started thinking ahead to the future.

5 Reasons To Buy Vise Manor Right This Minute

I can think of no more pressing reason to purchase Vise Manor other than the fact that you have money and I want it. Now, I don't want all of your money. In fact, I want very little of it. I want "the lowest amount of money that Amazon will allow me to sell a Kindle book without giving it away for free" from you.

Q: How Long Do You Wait After Finishing a Book to Start The Next One?

I guess the real answer to this question is as soon as possible. For a typical novel, I only spend three or four months writing the first draft. The rest is, as I've said before, just work. As soon as I start rewrites, I start pining to write something fresh and new, something I've never seen before. But I have to be strong. One story after the other. This is the way.

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