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2018 Conferences, Wrapped. Onward!

Warning: This has little to do with writing. Last week, I wrapped up the last of 2018’s 360|Conferences events. 360|iDev, like her sisters; 360|AnDev and Chicago Roboto did really well this year. I’m three for three, turning a profit. That is probably a head scratcher, “Just now turning a profit?” Chicago Roboto launched in 2017. 360|AnDev in 2016. Not unexpectedly, new events struggle to get their footing. 360|iDev has had profitable years but had a super horrible one in 2017. One Horrific Year In fact, 2017 was seriously the worst year of my life. It was horrible. My closing keynote for 360|iDev 2018 touches on it some, I might release it. Last year I got teary on stage thinking “This might be the last time I see these people.” This…

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WIP Thursday

It’s been a while since I posted my current WIP (Work In Progress). There’s a reason for that. ‘Space Rogues 2: Big Ship, Lots of Guns’ is now with the editor, YAY! So there hasn’t been a ton of new words put to page. Worry not, I’ve started on ‘Space Rogues 3: Something Something, Space is Dangerous (You know, working title)’ and have a few scenes to share! First though an update on Space Rogues 2, it should be done with the editor May 1. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxiously twitching to get my hands on it and start the revisions. My goal is to launch towards the end of May. I want to give some ARC readers a chance to get it read first, post…

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The Importance of Not Rushing

I’m not a patient person. Amazon two day (when it works) delivery is my friend. Amazon Prime Now is my best friend. I make a business decision and want to see the results immediately. I place an ad in AMS (Amazon Marketing Services) and I want to see it’s impact immediately. You see where I’m going with this. Patience, while a virtue, isn’t something I’m good at, and it often bites me. Today’s case in point. I published Space Rogues in August 2016. I rushed into it. It wasn’t well (at all) edited beyond me and friends. It had “developer art” for a cover. I should have waited. Over the next just over a year, I updated the manuscript (Hired an editor/proofreader), had the cover redone, etc. I track major…

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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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