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Taking Notes When/Wherever

I’m a sucker for a gadget. With that out of the way, I’m also a sucker for writing things down. I’ve notebooks everywhere, but am not a fan of them. I’ve moved most of my note taking to my iPad and Goodnotes (Great app!) But I don’t carry my iPad around all the time. I tried carrying a Fieldnote and pen, didn’t love it. I got an awesome looking leather bound notebook, that looks awesome and kinda old-timey archeologist, but it’s a bit heavy, and I forget to grab it a lot. Then I stumbled across the Mobiscribe. It’s about as basic a gadget as you can get. Eink screen like a Kindle. Android OS. Passive stylus. Wifi. No Bluetooth. That’s it. It doesn’t ship with an email client or…

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A Nice Way to Start a Long Weekend

On a lark I submitted Space Rogues to the Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize. I don’t expect to win, but included in the entry fee was a critic’s review. I’m always looking for great pull quotes to use. Today I got an email that the review part was done. You can read it here, but here’s somet of the better bits. “Prose/Style: Dialogue-heavy at times, the book is fast-paced and fun, as well as funny. Descriptions, like the one of the robot Gabe, are precious and memorable.” Makes sense. I’m very much a dialogue person. I dislike pages of text telling the reader what’s happening, when clever dialogue can do it. “Character Development: The handsome hero is pilot Wil Calder, a human, but it’s the aliens and the bot who shine….

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Two Months on ALL THE PLATFORMS

I was looking at old posts and remembered that I’d posted a “one month in” update on leaving KDP Select (Kindle Unlimited). Now it’s two months, so why not another update? First of all, the biggest challenge of being on all the eBook stores… Tracking. There aren’t very many great ways to track sales without going to each site to see the data. I’m hoping one day Book Report adds the other stores. Of course, Kindle is still the king. Recent developments (Amazon finally cracking down on scammers) have made me second guess going wide, but I still think it’s the best approach. I hope it’s a sacrificing short-term (KU page reads going into my bank account) thing for long-term (more people on more platforms, plus really Amazon needs some competition!)…

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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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