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High price = higher satisfaction: except when selling books (+a defense of Hugh Howey)

A couple nights ago I met up with Hugh Howey Fan Fic writer Wes Davies over pizza and beer in Tainan, Taiwan; as indie authors we discussed marketing and pricing strategies. The best plan (I continue to affirm) is cheap or free – especially at the beginning, and especially as a lead-in to a series. Lower prices = more downloads, …

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Being happy isn’t enough: finding a life purpose you REALLY care about.

I recently had an “Aha!” moment reading Sebastian Marshall’s Ikagai. I’ve written earlier about how “chasing your passion” is bad business advice, but I still essentially cling to the idea that happiness is a worthwhile goal. We have absolute freedom, so – given the option – why not be happy? Surprisingly, there are many reasons. But the biggest one is …

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Why not using your time travel powers is selfish and stupid (a review of “About Time”)

I’ve seen a lot of time travel movies over the years, but none have made me seriously consider the issue of time travel until I started watching “About Time.” I think the charm of the movie is watching the disaster unfold as socially awkward, disarmingly frank but also very creepy and strange “Tim” (Domhnall Gleeson) uses this miraculous, super hero …

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How to be a successful artist: A creative interpretation of Disney’s Frozen

Disney movies are always great for great for moral lessons, but in the case with Disney’s 2013 Frozen there’s even something for adults: the movie can be seen as a typical “artist’s journey” leading to eventual creative success. In the beginning of the movie, Elsa lets her uninhibited creativity loose, but after accidentally hurting her sister Anna, her parents tell …

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Why I love to work for free (a book makeover project for Alastair Humphreys)

Tonight after reading some of Gary V.’s new book Jab, Jab, Jab, Punch I followed his advice and searched Twitter for “book cover design” – by way of which I discovered Alastair Humphreys’ invitation for someone to redesign his book cover. I wasn’t familiar with Alastair so I would have passed the opportunity, but then I started reading the very …

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