How to get a $50K publishing deal for $5000

How to get a $50K publishing deal for $5000

This week I’ve been revising some old posts, and generally feeling down about everything. Most of the time, I’m just complaining about expensive publishing solutions and urging authors to take matters into their old hands. But then a potential client told me he was in talks with a (vanity) publisher and wanted to get my

The Matrix, the Metaverse, and the Antivax Movement

The Matrix, the Metaverse, and the Antivax Movement

Matrix 4: Resurrections doesn’t deserve a movie review, for many reasons: it’s not that interesting, or enjoyable – almost as if it’s consciously and deliberately avoiding the point of the cinematic experience as entertainment. It is not entertaining. Luckily my wife and I were the only ones in the theatre so we could...

Starting over with nothing at 42

Starting over with nothing at 42

Nearly 2 decades ago, only a few streets over from where I live now in Tainan, Taiwan, I had a panic attack about my future. What will I do when I’m OLD. What am I building and creating that will actually last; rather than all my efforts consumed in fire. I could argue, looking back,

Why set goals when nothing ever changes? (how to be hopeful)

Why set goals when nothing ever changes? (how to be hopeful)

I don’t think it’s unusual for anybody to feel like the last two years haven’t been great. I generally agree with the sentiment, if all you’re doing is surviving, that’s enough. I also don’t think we always need to productivize our creativity. There’s a perversion in the modern compulsion to Always Be...

A tangled web of evasive verbiage: decorate your message with bullshit

A tangled web of evasive verbiage: decorate your message with bullshit

Oh, the allure of decorative, fancy words! Those sparkling, shiny baubles of the English language that we love to flaunt in our sentences. But too often, they’re just fluff – akin to the gaudy necklace that overpowers a classic little black dress. Overwriting, bedecked with excessive poetic words and swathed in layers of purple prose,

7 steps to a great query letter

7 steps to a great query letter

Query letters seem like they should be easy, right? After writing a script of several thousand to a hundred thousand words, writing a one-page email should be cake. So why do so many people have problems with it? It’s because they don’t really understand the purpose of a query letter. A query letter is not