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Yesterday I typed, ‘The End.’

Well, yesterday I typed two of my favorite words as a writer, “The End.” Not because I’m glad I’m done, but because I’m excited to share. Sometime this week I’ll be reviewing from the beginning and doing my first pass at cleaning it up. After that, I’ll ask for a beta reader or two to take a look at it. After that, an editor, then you all get to read it. I’ve learned a lot since publishing ‘Space Rogues‘ (You’ve read it right? If not, now’s a good time to grab it and get ready for the next chapter in the story.), namely, don’t rush to hit that magical ‘publish’ button. So I’m not. I’m going to make sure it’s really ready.   Version 1 (can’t take the programmer out…

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Writing, By the Numbers

I’ve always been (This won’t be surprising to those that know me) been an advocate¬†of transparency. I realized in looking at the numbers this morning, I haven’t shared any numbers with Y’all around my writing. Probably not that interesting to most, but this is my blog, so… So, here goes, the Numbers. The numbers that go with this, as an example, for December are: Select (blue, Kindle Unlimited) $44.42, Royalties (red): $99.74, and Print (gray): $2.70 You can see that November was my best month. I think December would have been better, had I not spent a week and change not in KDP Select dipping my toes in the publishing wide waters. Someday, yes. Right now, no. It’s taken (More on that here) a while to get some upward trajectory…

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The Importance of Net Neutrality

  While we all know how valuable and important the internet is, those of us born in the late seventies, early eighties. I feel have a special appreciation for it. Why? Because growing up, one year we were in a library photocopying encyclopedias, and the next we were accessing the first websites, finding information online. One summer we were sending postcards and letters to friends back home during summer vacation, the next we were emailing. Etc. We literally watched the internet be born, watched it change how we live our lives. No one in Congress is this generation (that I know of). Not that it’d matter, I’m sure they’d still sell it out for a fat Comcast Check. Certainly, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is cashing his Comcast check(s) Why is…

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Trying New Things Can Hurt Sometimes

So, around Thanksgiving ‘Space Rogues‘ was ending it’s 90 day run on KDP Select. I was hemming and hawing whether I should just re-up or take a break. As it happened there was a bookfunnel.com giveaway set up for Sci-Fi books that started 2 days after my KDP enrollment ended. Since I’m still hovering below 10 reviews (Have you read ‘Space Rogues’ and not left a review?) I decided to join the giveaway. Why not?   Famous last words, right? It’s hard to draw any actual conclusions, from this stuff, but here are some numbers. Giveaway wise, I feel like it was a success. 371 total downloads seems good. Hopefully, 5-10% of them will leave a review, which is all I can hope for since my bookfunnel account doesn’t capture…

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