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Support Indie Bookstores

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t buy paper books any more. I love paper books. I used to have hundreds of them. Then i moved. Then I moved again, and again. Books are freaking heavy. I’d end up with a box that was half books and half bathroom stuff just so the box isn’t 9,000 pounds. I’ve had times in my life where I travel a lot, lugging books around sucks. My Kobo has my entire library on it. Anyway, there are other ways to support indie Bookstores. My local store, Bookbar created a VIP program. I signed up immediately (I’m member #7). Back when the world wasn’t on fire, I’d go down to write and sip something (Coffee, beer, wine in no particular order). I’d go to…

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Selling Wide, still

I got an email from a reader the other day asking if the Space Rogues series would be in Kundle Unlimited (KU) anytime soon. Sadly the answer was (and will be) ‘no.’ I completely understand the ask (I’m a paying subscriber to KU), it’s a massive boon for voracious readers. It’s also pretty horrible for authors in that it is zero sum, and rife with cheating. I’ve talked about being wide several times (here, and here) and figured it was time to talk a little about it again. Since we’re at the beginning of a new year I decided to share how things are split. This is also why I don’t want to go the KU route. Amazon is still the biggest piece of my pie, but it’s shrinking. Those…

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I failed my 2019 reading challenge.

I’ve been doing the Goodreads reading challenge since, well I think since they started. This is the first year I’ve failed. It’s a bummer for sure, but (Without looking to confirm) this is the first year in a while where I read a fair bit of business books. I’ve spent nearly a decade kinda burnt out on them after reading nothing but business books for years. As I’ve gotten more and more serious about becoming a full-time author though there’s a lot to learn about the business side (plus the craft side as well) and I realize that I read non-fiction much slower than I read fiction. Between re-reading bits, and taking time to digest things, it just slows down the consumption quite a bit. Which isn’t a bad thing….

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A Year and Decade in Review

Welp, we’ve passed the Winter Solstice, and in just a few hours we’ll be saying goodbye not just to 2019, but to the 2010’s. I’ve never been a resolution maker but I do like to look back on what I’ve done, what I wanted to do etc. So where are we (the royal we)? The 2010’s saw the birth of my professional writing career. Technically I’ve been paid for my writing for years, as a copy and tech writer, a resume writer, etc. But fiction, that’s new. Plus I stopped selling my non-fiction writing services years ago. If you’d asked me ten years ago if I thought I’d be a writer that makes money I’d have laughed. If you’d asked if I thought I could ever make a living as…

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