The Disappointments of Kindle Formatting (why is Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature so broken?)

In my books and with my clients, I routinely stress to keep ebooks very simple. Nothing fancy. No embedded fonts or images. Because it’s unlikely to look good on all different platforms and ebook readers. But that’s so boring. I ignore my own advice, because for me, style and design are as important as content. Today however I’ve proved myself …

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Do you want to be exceptional, and dead? (Drugs, creativity, manic energy and suicide)

I had no idea what Black Box was about when I started watching, but was soon delighted with it – a brain scientist with psychological issues recounts her last near death manic episode to her psychologist. While I’m writing about drugs and creativity, she makes the opposite point – sometimes we normalize our episodes with drugs. Needing to revamp her …

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An advertising hack for getting your business in front of the right readers

I don’t do a lot of advertising, but this year I’m planning on attending some writing and author-related conferences to build my platform (I’m even speaking at one). Attendance usually costs a few hundred dollars (plus travel), but necessitates that you actually talk to people, otherwise those valuable face-to-face meetings are wasted. If you’ve built up relationships before hand, meeting …

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Does content matter anymore? Reflections on art and competition

When I was younger and doing gallery exhibitions, I never wanted to explain my art. I don’t want to sully the viewer experience by telling them what it meant to me. “What does it mean to you?” I asked. The problem with that is, viewers don’t know whether or not something is important unless you tell them what it means. …

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To Audiobook or Not to Audiobook? Let the numbers decide.

I’ve been semi-curious about audiobooks for some time. Do people really listen to them? Will they help your print and ebook sales? Will you make any extra money? But I’ve been too busy to give them much attention. Recently however, Matt Stone (of archangel ink) offered to help me out and make one for Book Marketing is Dead. It took …

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Smart drugs for writers (unlock your creative genius, boost your word count and write faster NOW)

I started this post a few years ago when I was working on a book project called “The Creative Brain on Drugs.” I’ve left the original content down below – but more recently I’ve been focused on writing faster and boosting word count: when I searched for “best smart drugs for writers” Google actually showed me this post… so I’m …

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How To “Write” a Book with Less Effort, No Writer’s Block and Faster Results – without typing it!

This is a guest post from my friend Sean, who’s an expert on writing books by dictation. I asked him to send me some more information, since using dictation to write books is potentially much faster and may help avoid writer’s block. Simply put, Tonguenastics™ harnesses the power of your tongue and the spoken word instead of traditional typing to …

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