The Journal: Selling Books Without Promo

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Welcome * Selling Books Without Self-Promotion * The Person Who Doesn’t Conform * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “So! How do you sell books without a single self-promotional tweet, post, or video?” Greer Macallister (Writer Unboxed article in “Of Interest”) “[A] lot of people have lost respect for the … person who doesn’t conform.” Erykah Badu Ahem… based on my experience, I suspect Ms. Badu’s comment would be more accurate if she replaced “have lost respect for” with “fear.” Welcome to recent new subscribers! Glad to have … Read more

The Journal: Critical Mind: A Diagnosis

In today’s Journal * Topic: Critical Mind: A Diagnosis * Of Interest * The Numbers Topic: Critical Mind Diagnosis I’m seemingly never immune to intrusions from the critical mind. Yesterday, as I wrote in the current story, that niggling, quiet little voice (creative mind) kept telling me I was forcing things and going in the wrong direction. By “wrong” I mean I was telling the story per what “made sense next” instead of just giving the characters their head and writing what they gave me to write. You would think by now I’d know better, and I do. But really, … Read more

The Journal: Lansdale, Orwell, and Farland

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Lansdale and Orwell * Farland * Wholeness * Yesterday * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “Here are keys: Relax and write. It’s not a root canal. It’s writing and you should write something you care about. It can be light, or insightful, or whatever, but it always works best when you come at it with enthusiasm. That way, if it’s hard, you still have fun. Otherwise, it’s just hard.” Joe R. Lansdale “The point is, are you holding your attention? If so, you just might hold the … Read more