Why I shared a rap (despite being terrified of video).

I scouted out Tat­too par­lors today, deter­mined to get a tat­too and catch up in the Uncon­ven­tional Race (a scav­enger hunt activ­ity) but ran out of time before the Port­land Spirit Cruise. I was going to post a long, bril­liant, witty and insight­ful post about tak­ing big risks, always choos­ing to par­tic­i­pate, and why get­ting a tat­too just to win ... Read More »

10 catastrophic blogging mistakes that I’m still making (and brilliant advice from the experts on how to fix them)

problogger WDS

Recently this blog wan­dered into uncharted ter­ri­tory. I thought I knew some­thing about blog­ging from a hand­ful of ear­lier blog­ging fail­ures. I had a plan and knew a lot about how to do things the right way, some of which I’ve imple­mented into Cre­ativin­die. But because it’s not my main busi­ness or a source of rev­enue, I’ve also been kind ... Read More »

Building your hot air balloon — a metaphor for creative success

creative success

Most of the peo­ple I know who are work­ing online are sell­ing hot air. In other words, they fill peo­ple with hope, moti­va­tion and inspi­ra­tion. They get them charged up and excited. They tell them “You can do any­thing you want, if you just BELIEVE in it!” They say, “Just fol­low your pas­sion and the money will take care of itself!” There ... Read More »

What to do when your email list is worthless (bridging the gap between your hobby and your business).


I’m up to almost 10,000 signups on my email list — that’s a hefty amount, wor­thy of celebration. Except that, using MailChimp, I’m pay­ing $80 a month, or $960 a year. I only send emails once a month or so, when I’ve fin­ished some big project wor­thy of shar­ing or have a new book out. Also, so far I’ve been care­ful never ... Read More »

Unofficial WDS 2014 Schedule (plus 10 more things to do in Portland)

world domination summit schedule

This week­end Port­land will be taken over by around 3000 peo­ple lead­ing uncon­ven­tional lifestyles for the 4th annual World Dom­i­na­tion Summit. If you’re attend­ing, you may want to read my 8 Tips on Prepar­ing for WDS. The offi­cial WDS web­site has lots of infor­ma­tion about the sched­ule, activ­i­ties and meetup, but my guess is more than half of the atten­dees have ... Read More »

How to draw camels (aka — how to do something fun and creative that gets shared and helps promote your REAL projects)


Stum­bled across this fun site tonight: it’s basi­cally a book about how to draw camels: http://howtodrawcamels.com/   Except, that’s not all. The author does a bunch of inter­est­ing stuff, and some impor­tant social work, in West­ern Africa. But rather than start­ing a per­sonal blog about him­self or his projects, he chose to do some­thing funny and remark­able. Some­thing that is ... Read More »

How to get blurbs for your book from famous authors

book blurbs

It’s impor­tant to get a lot of reviews on your book’s sales page. But it’s even bet­ter to get blurbs from famous authors, or authors of other books. I’m going to teach you a free and easy secret to get­ting blurbs for your self-published book. Are you ready? Here it is: ASK This isn’t advice I always fol­low myself. Even though I know ... Read More »

Why asking for feedback on your book cover is mostly useless

book cover design

I tell my book cover clients to get a lot of feed­back — espe­cially when they’re start­ing to com­mit to an idea I dis­agree with. Authors can often get too close and per­sonal with their cov­ers; they stare at the options for hours, mak­ing deci­sions, slowly form­ing a bond that is hard to break. Which means, when they ask for feed­back, ... Read More »

8 Tips for Getting the Most out of WDS — Preparing for the 2014 World Domination Summit (or any other conference)

world domination summit

Although a native Port­lander, I’ve been liv­ing abroad for the past decade and haven’t had the oppor­tu­nity to min­gle with like-minded peers in real life: that changed last year when I attended my first WDS (Word Dom­i­na­tion Sum­mit — a meetup for peo­ple liv­ing uncon­ven­tion­ally). I enjoyed it immensely, and bought this year’s tick­ets right after the con­fer­ence — includ­ing ... Read More »

Do you really need a book editor? (And how much should you pay?)


I wrote an arti­cle for ALLI about book edit­ing that got posted with the title Do Novice Authors Really Need an Editor? It’s stir­ring up a lot of debate, because it sug­gests that some authors may be bet­ter off not pay­ing for an editor. How­ever because the arti­cle was too long, a lot of the orig­i­nal details, includ­ing the cost ... Read More »