Medicating procrastination: how “smart drugs” can keep you motivated

Medicating procrastination: how “smart drugs” can keep you motivated

Most people have goals. They want to write more. Produce more. Start a business. Do the chores. And if you really want to do something, and you enjoy doing it, you may not face too much of a motivation challenge. Except that the things worth doing probably involve some stuff that’s not too much fun. The 3 secrets to book marketing, and...

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

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. The 3 secrets to book marketing, and...

Why I hate fine art: lessons from the Taipei contemporary art scene

Why I hate fine art: lessons from the Taipei contemporary art scene

I tried to make it as a fine artist for several years. I climbed up the ladder. I networked. I even got into a few high-brow galleries and sold some work. But then I quit – because, although there’s the potential to make a huge amount of money for something mediocre that didn’t take long The 3 secrets to book marketing, and...

How to make a “Donate” or “Pay What You Like” button for PayPal

How to make a “Donate” or “Pay What You Like” button for PayPal

It’s tough to decide what to charge for things. High prices can signify value and authority. Low prices may mean more sales but less satisfied customers. Giving stuff away for free build trusts and brand appreciation. There’s definitely a science to it all. Right now I’ve been working on a project that has a lot The 3...

The secret to finishing your novel in 2014 (8 tips for self-motivating persistently)

The secret to finishing your novel in 2014 (8 tips for self-motivating persistently)

This is a guest post from Bridget at Now Novel – she’s going to get the conversation started and I’ll finish up with my own thoughts. You’ve taken the leap into actually putting words on paper and getting started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write, but how do make sure that you keep The 3 secrets to...