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A Month with Novlr

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NaNoWriMo is coming up soon, which means a new crop of writers will be looking for the right software to help write their 50,000-word opus. Enter Novlr, a web-based writing platform that is simple, clean, and eager to motivate you to reach your goal. If you're doing NaNoWriMo for the first time, Novlr is a great choice. But what about the rest of us? What about the seasoned amateurs who haven't...

I Write Multi-POV Stories Because the Alternative Confuses and Frightens Me

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Here's a thing: I've never written a novel from a single character's point of view. It has been twenty years, and despite my best efforts, I've never made it more than a half baker's dozen chapters into a project. It's not that I don't have ideas; obviously I have stories to fill novels. So it must be something else, some part of the writing that is just so difficult and enigmatic that at some...

Diving head first into the shallow pool of Amazon Advertising

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I independently published my first book in 2004, and since then, I've tried all sorts of services and gimmicks to turn them into best sellers. BookBub, email lists, Facebook ads, Twitter ads, Goodreads ads (when they were still a thing), and after sixteen years, I can tell you that the only ad channel that ever produced meaningful results was Amazon Advertising. And that's why, for the launch of...

Last Call for Advance Book Reviewers

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A couple months ago, I set a goal to line up 50 advance reviewers for my newest book, Brigham Plaza. So far, I've only been able to secure 30, which means I've got some spots open for anyone who loves cyberpunk and science fiction and wants to get a free advance review copy of the book (plus some swag*).

If It Doesn’t Advance The Plot

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I was finishing up my last edits on Brigham Plaza when the quarantine hit, so I couldn't join my fellow writers in celebrating "all this extra free time" we had to write. But now that the book is with my editor, I've actually been using some of this "totally not anxiety- and stress-filled time" to do some exploratory writing. And you know what, faithful blog reader? It's nice. It's real nice and...

State of the WIP: Pandemic Edition

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My hope is that my novels distract you from that anger for a little while. But do remember: just because I'm still talking about my little cyberpunk hacker book doesn't mean I don't care about what's happening in the world. I do care. I care to the point that I can taste the anger.

On The Ending of Things

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I lied to some good people recently. I asked them to beta read my next book and told them it was complete. But it wasn't. In fact, it was missing its final five chapters, a section for which I coined a new term: the ending. Why the deceit, you ask? Because endings are hard, and you may not know how a story will end until you've been through it a few times.

Not My Forte

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I can think of dozens of things I might say on my death bed 200 years from now, but one thing I'm sure I won't say is: boy, I wish I'd spent more time marketing. If anything, I will lament how much time and money I spent trying to convince people to read my books instead of actually writing them. In fact, if I'm taking too long to die, just show me 280 accumulated years of Facebook Ads receipts...

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I'm Daniel Verastiqui.

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I'm a Science Fiction author, so I mostly post about my experiences with writing, publishing, marketing, and self-loathing.

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