My thoughts on marketing were kicked off this week not by the social media data engineering post I shared yesterday, but Dave Freer’s thoughts on the publishing industry and the impact the pandemic is having on it. Once upon a time there were no book chains, and publishers had to sell to directly to… Read More Paradigm Marketing Shift: Make a Connection
This post started for me, as these things sometimes do, by something that was wrong on the internet jarring it loose in my brain. I saw the post below, and protested it. It’s wrong. It’s wrong on several levels. And it is also right on a couple of points, but the worst lies are… Read More Paradigm Marketing Shift: Rule 1
Author Earnings is back! I’ve been spending a few moments this morning trying to geek out over the new and improved dataset – it’s the bomb, it really is! – while helping kids get ready for school. I’m seriously excited over this report, which has been nine months in the making. If you’re an author,… Read More Indie Authors are Alive and Thriving
In addition to the writing of fiction, I’m trying to do something very important, albeit much shorter. I have to write about me. If you’ve ever looked at the About Cedar page on this blog, you’ll know that I don’t like to do that. My biography which appears on Amazon and various other sites? Was… Read More Job Hunting
So this post has nothing to do with food. Just sayin’ so you know before you keep reading and don’t find a recipe. But if you are curious about spammy emails and how to spot them, read on. If you’re familiar with this blog and my philosophy, you know that I consider myself a content… Read More Spams, Scam, Bologna, and other Fried Emails
Selling Art I know there are not a lot of us who are working at art and writing. I probably wouldn’t have gotten into it, the art is sort of my sanity valve when school gets intense, except… I kept getting asked to sell pieces, print, coffee mugs (looks hard at a certain person). So… Read More Selling Art Merchandise
I have been contemplating marketing, and I have a research question: would my readers and fans like an omnibus edition of the Pixie For Hire trilogy in time to give as a Christmas gift? I am planning on reducing the cost of the first book in the series, and if I create an omnibus of… Read More Question for you
A bunch of Indie Author friends decided the Labor Day Sale was so much fun, we should do it more often. So, Oh Best Beloved Readers, here are a bagful of treats for you… Books on sale, even some for free! Check the sale prices, they will be changing through the weekend. Herding authors is… Read More Halloween Sale!
I’m still painting, and I don’t think I will stop when October and the Inktober challenge ends. I’ve been experimenting with adding color, and the alcohol inks are still a challenge but I’m getting a better feel for them. I will be setting up a shop in time (when I have time) and selling originals.… Read More Brushstrokes III
First of all, thank you to everyone who commented or shared as I worked on this contest. It was a bit spur-of-the-moment, the next one I will plan out more. However! there were more than one hundred entries, which was pretty amazing. I’m tickled pink at the responses. So here’s what I did. I kept… Read More We Have Winners!
Almost since the advent of the internet, there have been warnings about what to say – or not – on it. The internet is a vast and mostly public arena. Imagine, if you can, standing in Grand Central Station and screaming slurs at the top of your lungs, while the sane people standing near you… Read More Fear and Loathing at TOR
James Young is guest posting at the Mad Genius Club today, writing about what is entailed in being an author-vendor at a con-of-size. The first thing a person should do in order to prepare for any event is do some research. For instance, if you look through previous news clippings, you’ll find that KC Planet… Read More An Author at a Con