Why Portland needs to get a job, and how “follow your passion” is terrible advice

Why Portland needs to get a job, and how “follow your passion” is terrible advice

Growing up near Portland, Oregon, son of ex-hippies with New Age beliefs, I was raised to believe in following my passion. I read The Alchemist and Jonathan Livingston Seagull and the Celestine Prophecy. Way before The Secret brought positive intention and manifesting desires to everyone, I stewed in the Northwestern liberalism that demanded I...

The two types of self-publishing websites for indie authors: those that support you, and those that screw you

The two types of self-publishing websites for indie authors: those that support you, and those that screw you

Websites for self-publishing authors can be divided into two camps. 1) Those offering authors services They write posts to get you to buy their book formatting, book conversion, book covers, author websites, book marketing, etc. 2) Blogs run by indie authors themselves These are full of tips and tricks and useful content. They teach you The...

InDesign to Word conversion secrets that book designers don’t want you to know about

InDesign to Word conversion secrets that book designers don’t want you to know about

I always tell authors creating a book that they can layout their interior book format in Word, and do a pretty good job, and most people won’t be able to tell the difference. Except, it’s tricky to learn how to do a good job, put everything in the right place. It’s also common and general The 3 secrets to book marketing...

9 amazing things I learned from the 2013 World Domination Summit (and some life-changing resources I can’t believe I didn’t know about).

9 amazing things I learned from the 2013 World Domination Summit (and some life-changing resources I can’t believe I didn’t know about).

This weekend I attended my first ever WDS (World Domination Summit), put on by Chris Guillebeau of the Art of Non-Conformity. A lot of the lifestyle values and career goals of the group (total freedom from office hours, self-employment, personal fulfillment, making a meaningful contribution, adventure and travel, deep and meaningful...

How to make your own FREE ebook cover in MS Word that will blow people away

How to make your own FREE ebook cover in MS Word that will blow people away

A common piece of advice for indie authors that I hear repeated strenuously is this: “DON’T make your own book cover in Microsoft Word!” Why? Because it’s almost certain to be ugly. But the reason that authors even attempt it, is because Word is probably a program they already know how to use and have The 3 secrets to...

BEWARE: The Sandos Mexican Timeshare Scam (Should you trust strangers when you travel?)

BEWARE: The Sandos Mexican Timeshare Scam (Should you trust strangers when you travel?)

Recently I spent a few months in Mexico, culminating in a week-long stay at the all-inclusive resort, Sandos Cancun. Part of our package deal was a mandatory time-share presentation for Royal Elite, which filled me with dread. I went in convinced I wouldn’t be sucked in, but left having spent $6000 on lots of timeshare The 3 secrets to...