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A month of being ‘wide’

So, you may recall I took Space Rogues and went wide at the beginning of June, ‘how’s that been going?’ you ask? Well, it’s going OK-ish.  The biggest ‘downside’ of going wide is losing access to Kindle Unlimited. KU is a hot mess to be sure, scammers are winning while honest indies are losing. Amazon knows and well, says they care, but I don’t think they do. Even though, the page reads were a nice boost month-to-month. SO. Here I am, almost to the end of June, and sales are, well, ok. Not “Oh my God, I’ve made it” But certainly not horrible (but close). Part of going wide is that I can offer Space Rogues 1 at $.99 to (I hope) encourage folks to read through to Space Rogues…

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Taking my Writing Wide (Or, Bye Amazon Kindle Unlimited)

Amazon is Capricious. There’s been a lot of hubbub in the indie author community of late, almost all of it related to Amazon’s treatment of authors. Namely; Review stripping, Kindle Unlimited page reads stripping, account suspensions, and more. All with no recourse for those affected. Any email from Amazon will likely include horrible news, with zero you can do to challenge the outcome. Of course, it’s their right to do as they choose, and really they care about the “customer”, not the supplier. Stripped of page reads because of bots? Too bad for you. Half your reviews removed? That’s too bad. Amazon loves bots and machine learning, except their systems, suck. They can’t identify accounts using bots, only the results of bot usage, so they punish those people. They can’t…

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I’ll Always Vote Optimism

I’ll never stop voting for hope and optimism. There’s been a lot of discussion around the recent vote on Initiative 300 (feel free to read the initiative here and a great Denverite article, here). It passed by a narrow margin and immediately the hand-wringing commenced. The Mayor opposed it, saying it went “too far too fast” That feels like Mayor Hancock’s motto as most of his efforts seem to be closer to “Do little, talk a lot.” Here’s why I voted for it. It’s not an amendment to our state constitution, so while some argue it’s wording isn’t great, it can be revised and adjusted as we collect data on its implementation. It’s the result of builders and the city giving no fucks about Denver’s future. When the government and “The…

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WIP Thursday – NaNoWriMo has begun!

So, NaNoWriMo has begun! Last year, I wrote ‘Space Rogues‘ and since ‘Space Rogues 2: The Wrath of Khan… er.. Zarrix (It’s a working title)’ is well underway (about 20k words in) I decided to do something I’ve never done. Short stories, novellas, not sure which yet. I guess it’ll depend on when I finish them. My plan for NaNoWriMo is was to write two such stories. They’ll be set in the Space Rogues Universe and will be set between the first and second books. Each will be a self-contained story and designed to be small vignettes into the lives of the crew.   I’m close to wrapping up ‘Merry Garthflak, Wil’ but with work stuff, trying to buy and sell houses, plan a move, etc writing time has been more…

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