In my books and with my clients, I routinely stress to keep ebooks very simple. Nothing fancy. No embedded fonts or images. Because it’s unlikely to look good on all different platforms and ebook readers. But that’s so boring. I ignore my own advice, because for me, style and design are as important as content.
I had no idea what Black Box was about when I started watching, but was soon delighted with it – a brain scientist with psychological issues recounts her last near death manic episode to her psychologist. While I’m writing about drugs and creativity, she makes the opposite point – sometimes we normalize our episodes with
Why you should end all your books with a big spider (lessons from Stephen King and the movie “Enemy”).
Last night I went to a live art party (the painting didn’t go so well, but I’m not finished.) The 3 sketchy Pina Coladas I drank left me a bit hungover, so this morning (after lying on the cold floor for a few hours) I searched for movies I could download. I found the 2013
I don’t do a lot of advertising, but this year I’m planning on attending some writing and author-related conferences to build my platform (I’m even speaking at one). Attendance usually costs a few hundred dollars (plus travel), but necessitates that you actually talk to people, otherwise those valuable face-to-face meetings...
Hey there, sunshine! 🌞 So, I get it. Life has its moments where everything seems to go wrong, like a pair of jeans shrinking right before a big date, or when your favorite coffee shop runs out of almond milk. In these moments, it can be super tempting to just sulk, rant, or wallow in
SOLD OUT I’m all set but I may try this again, we’ll see how the first round goes. —————– For the past year I’ve been experimenting with book cover design and design-based marketing, and have seen some big results with my own projects and those of my clients. I’ve been networking much...
I’m not a fan of contracts (or anything binding, or closing doors, or other A-personality stuff). I avoid extra, non-essential work if I can help it. And since I know I will always over deliver, contracts seem like overkill to me. But of course some clients will want them, and there’s no reason not to
When I was younger and doing gallery exhibitions, I never wanted to explain my art. I don’t want to sully the viewer experience by telling them what it meant to me. “What does it mean to you?” I asked. The problem with that is, viewers don’t know whether or not something is important unless you
I’ve been semi-curious about audiobooks for some time. Do people really listen to them? Will they help your print and ebook sales? Will you make any extra money? But I’ve been too busy to give them much attention. Recently however, Matt Stone (of archangel ink) offered to help me out and make one for Book
I started this post a few years ago when I was working on a book project called “The Creative Brain on Drugs.” I’ve left some of the original content down below – but more recently I’ve been focused on writing faster and boosting word count: when I searched for “best smart drugs for writers” Google
This is a guest post from my friend Sean, who’s an expert on writing books by dictation. I asked him to send me some more information, since using dictation to write books is potentially much faster and may help avoid writer’s block. Simply put, Tonguenastics™ harnesses the power of your tongue and the spoken word
I read a lot. When I was younger I read a lot of fiction and I wasn’t very critical. Nowadays my time is valuable. I expect to be entertained and to learn. Fiction rarely holds my interest – while some books are good, most are bad. This is even more true of non-fiction. The non-fiction