Imagination as the poetics of cognition (and the genius of solitude)

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When I finish my PhD, I’ll finally be able to use my love of research to write about truly interesting things. One my next projects will be “Paid to Create” – which, originally was going to simply be about how to make money with your creativity, kind of a practical manifesto for this blog. However I’m realizing that won’t satisfy ... Read More »

Book cover design is NOT subjective

I see a lot of authors asking for feedback between a few cover design choices. This always has mixed results, since people on Facebook don’t know anything about book cover design, they probably aren’t your target market, they probably aren’t ideal readers of your genre, and they aren’t designers. So what inevitably happens is, authors think, “The results are pretty ... Read More »

Why every author needs a virtual assistant (how to outsource your book marketing)

Recently I wrote a post about how it doesn’t make sense for me to market your books for you (or even hire virtual assistants to help you do it). But that doesn’t mean VA’s aren’t crazy useful, if you hire your own. Authors always complain about book marketing because they just want to focus on their writing; and it’s true, ... Read More »

107 inspirational AirBNB rentals you can use for a magical writing retreat

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Starting next year, when I finish my PhD in literature, I’ll be truly location independent and writing full-time. One of the biggest productivity hacks I’ve found is to put myself in beautiful and inspiring environments (that are mostly distraction free). While some argue they can “write from anywhere” – I’m a firm believer in what Cal Newport calls the “grand gesture” ... Read More »

The $500 book launch roadmap that will help you sell your first 5000 copies

I’m finally getting ready to start building the 21 Day Author Platform, a step-by-step process of building a profitable author platform in just three weeks. So I put together this roadmap/infographic that outlines the whole process. I might be making a “prepublishing checklist” or something like that too – but a lot of people have been asking me for a ... Read More »

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