Happy Holidays from Mike Sahno – Author, Speaker, Publisher

Happy Holidays from Mike Sahno – Author, Speaker, Publisher

I suppose I’m courting controversy right out of the gate just by using the phrase Happy Holidays. I get that. But I’m also pretty sure it won’t upset most of my readers!

My wife Sunny and I would like to wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Solstice, Kwanzaa, etc., etc., to all of you and yours. Oh, yeah, and Happy Holidays.

Mondays are my blog post day, but I’m off today and on New Year’s Day next week. We’re planning to spend time at St. Pete Beach, where the forecast is sunny with a high of 71. Don’t hate us.

So this is a pre-scheduled auto-post, courtesy of the WordPress scheduler. Again, Happy Holidays, and I hope to connect with many of you in 2018!

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Five Ways You Can Help With a Local Book Launch Event

This week I want to write a bit more about my fourth novel, Whizzers. It’s my current Work-In-Progress, and I plan to have it finished this year in order to launch it in 2019. One of the few luxuries of being an independent author is that I haven’t set a firm...
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Authors As Self-Marketers

A couple years back, in an article about self-publishing, I wrote the following: If you’re an author with a traditional publishing contract, you don’t really have to be an entrepreneur as such; the publishing company does the marketing and PR for you, though you have...

Memorial Day 2019

I don't have a special message for Memorial Day. I never do.In fact, looking back through the archives for previous years' messages, I see I don't have any. Maybe I deleted them to save space on the server. Perhaps I deleted something in an effort to avoid courting...

Miles of Files: Where Did It Come From?

I wrote my third novel between about 2007 and 2015. I can’t say it took a full eight years to write – I got stuck in the final third for a couple years – but it was an ambitious project. I’d gone from a third person novel to a first person novel, and now I was going...
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Five Ways to Relax During Quarantine

​I thought a good blog post this week would be on how to unwind—not just during our current era of quarantine and “social distancing,” but on any day off. What my wife calls a holiday. That could be any time, right? I’ve been running so hard lately, I've barely had...
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New “Writer Problems” Series, Topic #10: Maintaining Some Semblance of Sanity

I’m going off the rails on a crazy train. —Ozzy Osbourne, "Crazy Train"   Last October, I posted an article on pandemic fatigue, about how 2020 had been exhausting. Ha ha ha! The pandemic was only seven or eight months old by then! Who’da thunk it? I must be some...

Breaking Into the Top 100

Recently, I posted something on LinkedIn called Author, Entrepreneur, or Authorpreneur? My point was that, if you're interested in breaking into the top 100 in your Amazon category, you're probably going to have to spend some time acting like a businessperson when it...
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We’re Doing This To Ourselves—And It’s Hard to Comprehend

​As the COVID-19 crisis grinds on and on, I’ve become increasingly motivated to write about it…for a number of reasons. First, we’re all thinking about it, so I might as well address it here. Second, I’ve sort of avoided writing about it in some previous blog posts,...
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Vote Like Your Life Depends On It—Then Let It Go

​In 1994, I wrote a novel called Brothers’ Hand, in which the titular character mentions that someday working class people might very well use billionaire “Duncan Scrump’s” name as a curse word one day. Of course, I never imagined such a person could become our...
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Books: Great Holiday Gifts, or The Greatest Holiday Gifts?

I saw a cartoon the other day that features a character who's starting to sing, "It's beginning to look a lot like..." A second character quickly and quietly puts the first character down, saying, "Shh. Sleep now." Dark stuff, right? But hey, these are dark times—in...

But What If I’m Sick?

Last month my wife and I went to Thailand for a two-week vacation. This was my first real vacation in over two years, and my wife Sunny’s first visit back to her family in her country of origin in even longer. So we really needed and, I think, deserved it.

And everything was fine until the next to the last evening there.

I started to get a sore throat and swollen glands, much like Sunny had suffered through a few weeks prior to our vacation. Unlike her, however, I was about to get on and off planes for the next 28 hours.

In a word: appalling.

I spent the last full day of vacation hunkered down in the hotel, knowing this was going to be bad. Bangkok to Tokyo, Tokyo to Houston, and Houston to Tampa. All with little sleep, and feeling like death on toast.

Of course, I had at least one flight with a person next to me who was coughing and hacking. Yes, things can always get worse.

And Then: Back to Work!

The really fun part about all this was knowing that we were coming back on Thanksgiving day, all the doctors’ offices would be closed for the holiday, and I had to get back to running my business right away.

By the night after Thanksgiving, I was so sick, I thought I’d have to check into the emergency room: sinus infection, upper respiratory infection, and mucus forming in the corner of my right eye so fast it would blur my vision. Seriously.

But that didn’t mean I got to cancel everything for the next week. I’d just been off for two weeks, after all, so no rest for the weary. I got antibiotics and a steroid pack from a walk-in clinic, and prepared for the worst.

By Monday I was about 5% better, but I still had a commitment speaking to the Bay Area Professional Writers Guild. I dreaded it, knowing what kind of shape I was going to be in.

So What’s a Sick Author, Speaker, Publisher to Do?

While I sat dreading my talk, I remembered something I heard Larry Winget say: “When you’re the speaker, you don’t get to be sick.”

It’s true. There’s no one to substitute for you in that situation. You have to show up and give 100% even if you feel like crap.

I showed up and delivered as much value as I could in thirty minutes, the allotted time. In spite of how sick I was, the attendees said it was excellent. So, mission accomplished.

That wasn’t all, either: I had a project to write for a client that had to be completed that week, and I got another project later in the week from a different client. And those had to be done, too. I’m running a business here. It’s not a hobby.

So that’s my blog post for today. Do you have to take care of yourself when you’re sick? Of course. But do you get paid sick days when you’re a solo entrepreneur? Do you get to just, you know, not work?

Nope.

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Back on Track With a Work-In-Progress

Last week’s unusually short blog post was entitled Closed for Maintenance: Me. Between my busy freelance schedule and other commitments, I didn’t have time for myself, much less for the blog (which is, after all, an unpaid avocation). Today's post is about getting...
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Which Is Better For Writers – Meditation or Exercise?

A while back, I did an interview about creativity, and I talked about meditation and exercise. I also talked about a few other things like journaling, play, and being disciplined about a schedule.For writers, you might think meditation is going to be the number one...
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Racism In The Time Of Corona

Yesterday I was going to write my usual Monday blog post, but with the coronavirus pandemic, the fact that I’m just getting over a sinus infection, and much-needed appointments with my CPA and chiropractor before we all have to “shelter in place,” I simply didn’t have...
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Spirituality in the Fictional World

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post called Talking About A Metaphysical Work where I tried to discuss spirituality in fiction. At least, that's what I thought I was doing. See, I had just published my fourth novel, Whizzers, and I knew I needed to promote it. I had a...
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Forget the Big “Family & Friends” Plan

About three months ago, I wrote a post entitled What I’ve Learned In Six Years of Growing An Indie Author Business. My idea was to share six lessons from my publishing experience, one for each year in the biz. As time went on, my thinking evolved. I realized these six...

Blogging About…Blogging?

Last week I blogged a bit about my upcoming relaunch of Miles of Files and the accompanying blog tour. This week, I'm not delivering just more of the same. Other exciting events are afoot! First off, I'm pleased to announce that I'm going to be hosting another guest...

What a Character

I was recently reading another author's blog, and saw a post about the writing process, and in particular the naming of characters. I wondered, Are people really interested in reading about this? I couldn't help thinking that only writers are so interested in other...
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What Books Cost Their Authors: A Tale of Blood, Sweat & Tears

…”Books that cost more to write than their sales ever could repay.”  - Alan Paton   Lately I’ve had my nose in a couple of books. One is a history book on the JFK years, the other, Alan Paton’s most famous novel, Cry, the Beloved Country.  I have a curious, even...
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Celebrating The Dead

“The bus came by and I got on / That’s when it all began…”This week I was planning to write about some of my adventures (or misadventures) in southeast Asia. But the calendar tells me it’s September 23rd, and that’s a meaningful date in my history. So I’m going back...
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Insanity: Writing the Same Thing Over and Over?

Sometimes I feel like I’m standing at the bottom of those steps. I’ve been really lucky: I’ve had the good fortune to publish and sell four of my novels, and I run a freelance writing and editing business as well. I have great clients who love what I do and send me...