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Contest results and winners!

It’s all over! I’m going to list the contest results and winners here. Incidentally, these were the most popular items, and how many people entered to win: Book lamps (1363) Book pillows (1358) Antique typewriter (1623) Tea pot (1476) So if you’re looking for good gifts for writers, those are safe bets. I added in some links below in case ... Read More »

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways for Writers and Authors

I’ve decided to run 12 days of giveaways, and give away cool and fun things that only a writer could truly appreciate. This is all the stuff I’d like to buy for myself, basically, but I’m giving it away instead. I’m also giving away a bunch of publishing and book design services. ‘Tis the season, after all. I’ll run the giveaways from December ... Read More »

How to win the self-publishing gauntlet (a massive cheatsheet and guided walkthrough)

  Update: this content is a little dated, so I made some new videos on how to publish and market a book in 2017. This blog was supposed to be about creativity, but somehow became about self-publishing. But every day I still get emails from people telling me they’ve just signed with Xlibris, or paid for a vanity publishing package, ... Read More »

My fiction writing

If you like mermaids, vampires, angels, zombies, revolution, Faustian motifs (the dangers of technology) and post-apocalyptic settings and scenarios, you may enjoy my fiction writing. I use my fiction to experiment with guerrilla marketing tactics, but I hope they will entertain and captivate you.  Start with these… Shearwater: a mermaid romance Scarlet Thread: dark fantasy based on Greek myth Prescient: ... Read More »

Interviews and podcast appearances

I should’ve started this page a long time ago… but here are the podcasts, Google Hangouts and other interviews I’ve participated in, mostly about book cover design, starting online businesses, or book marketing. I’ve also been mentioned on ABC, NBC, Fox News, Yahoo Finance, Market Watch, CNN, Nanowrimo, Kobo and a few others.  Podcasts are great if you get in ... Read More »

Why most authors are doomed to fail in 2016 (current problems with the publishing industry)

I’ve thinking about this post already, but then saw someone in the Nanowrimo group share this article: Alan Moore Advises New Writers to Self-Publish Because Big Publishers Suck Alan Moore says: “Publishing today is a complete mess. I know brilliant authors who can’t get their books published. Publish yourself. Don’t rely upon other people.” People who have already adopted self-publishing ... Read More »

How to buy your way onto the bestseller lists (it’s not that hard).

UPDATE: This post was hypothetical, but I’m not actually going to do any of these things. The reason is, it’s important to keep your “also-boughts” clean; which means, you want people buying your books who are buying other books in your genre. There are lots of ways to make that happen. But getting a whole bunch of fast sales or ... Read More »

The definitive indie author guide to author websites that attract and convert

Today we did an awesome live class on building a bestselling author website, including topics to writing about, content marketing, getting more traffic and email subscribers, and design and branding. One of the things I recommended was to write articles, then turn those into Powerpoints for SlideShare, then record yourself talking about it for YouTube, then breaking them into individual ... Read More »

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