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...

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...

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...

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.

State of the WIP: Talk dirty to me, Microsoft David

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This month is all about the auditory readthrough. That means having Word read me the story while I follow along so my feeble human brain can't accidently skip a word. I actually do this twice: once in order of the character's chapters (skipping other POVs), and once in chronological order. Why this way? I don't know. This is just how it was taught to me by me.

Flashes From the Verse: Epoch Quondam

It’s hard to recognize gunfire if you’ve never really heard it before. The sounds you hear on TV aren’t the most realistic, and they lack a certain proximity factor, a physical deforming of the surrounding air that you can feel at the base of your spine. Real gunfire is at the same time higher pitched and gut-rattling, such that you’re not sure how you’re supposed to respond.

First Look: Vise Manor, Vaught Residence, Interior, Day

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There's a well-known rule that if you intend to publish traditionally, you should never, under any circumstances, post excerpts of your manuscript on the internet. But what if you're an indie publisher? Well, then you, my fellow glutton for punishment and disappointment, you can do whatever the F you want. With that said, I've made the first (unrevised, unedited) chapter of Vise Manor available...

State of the WIP: The Fun is Over

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My wife was headed to Target the other day and asked me if I needed more Coke Zero. When I told her no, she asked if I was trying to cut down. I had to explain that the only reason I needed soda was to mix it with alcohol so I could Heming my Way through Draft 1 of Book Seven. Now that the first draft is finally done, so too is the drinking. Now begins the era of editing sober and ostensibly, the...

Now That It’s Done, What Do We Call It?

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As a writer, I reserve the right to complain about the titling of books. In fact, there are a lot of things I am entitled to complain about, and I will, at length, until there is no more space left on the internet.

Louis Sachar and the Literary IDGAF

For the first three years of his life, my son has enjoyed classic books like Goodnight Moon, The Pout-Pout Fish, and The Going to Bed Book. More recently, I've been trying to expose him to more mature books like The Ghost on Saturday Night, My Teacher Fried My Brains, and of course, the absolute best children's book in history, Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar. I can usually...

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