Mark Coker’s tips for ebook publishing success: anti-marketing tricks that work!

Mark Coker’s tips for ebook publishing success: anti-marketing tricks that work!

I stayed up late to watch the Alliance of Independent Authors’s Self-Publishing Advice Event with Mark Coker (founder of Smashwords). His advice for ebook publishing success resonated with me, because so little of it was about marketing your book. Indie authors perversely focus on marketing, social media, and “getting the word...

Why Buddhists are poor: are your beliefs about money keeping it from you?

Why Buddhists are poor: are your beliefs about money keeping it from you?

When I was younger I was obsessed with personal enlightenment. I studied philosophy. I wanted to understand Everything. Mostly, being a highly emotional and overly sensitive person, I needed to process my emotional ups and downs, my broken hearts, and my metaphysical experiences (I’ll save those for another post). I studied theology and...

The ugly truth about creativity, inspiration and artistic production that nobody else is talking about

The ugly truth about creativity, inspiration and artistic production that nobody else is talking about

I’ve been reading a lot of books about creativity. All of them deal with the struggle of the creative life: art is WAR. Creativity takes effort. We have to fight through it. REAL art is about emotion, struggle, anxiety. Real art is about passion, True experience. Real art is Creating Something New – it’s a The 3 secrets to...

How to stay productive during a typhoon (and other days you don’t feel like working): productivity tips you can count on

How to stay productive during a typhoon (and other days you don’t feel like working): productivity tips you can count on

Given my decade of living overseas and moving around pretty regularly, I didn’t think relocating to Tainan (Taiwan), a city I’ve already lived in for many years, would eat up too much of my productivity time. It only took a day to find an apartment, another day to pick out and order furniture. What I The 3 secrets to book...

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...

How to win more bids or choose a provider on Elance, Guru and other freelance sites

How to win more bids or choose a provider on Elance, Guru and other freelance sites

I’ll admit I never fully got the hang of bidding for freelance work on Elance, Guru or Freelancer.com. You need to send a proposal, pick a price, describe your qualifications – and compete with dozens of other freelance providers. I got picked a few times, but not consistently. That frustration is probably why I developed The 3...