If you’ve been following me for awhile, you probably know I post something new on my blog most Mondays.

Or maybe you don’t know that at all.

I’ll admit, I’m not exactly the greatest promoter of my own blog. When it comes to social media platforms like Twitter, I’m more a broadcaster than a back-and-forth chat guy.

Somehow, though, the blog is different—at least to my way of thinking.

 

The Purpose of a Blog

Not all blogs have the same purpose, and I’ll be the first to state that mine is not strictly sales-y.

While some blogs are 100% promotional, this blog is more likely to serve as a place to share personal experience… whether it’s a rant on Florida drivers or a post about the challenges my wife and I face as we contend with the coronavirus pandemic.

Because it’s not a sales-oriented blog with advertisers in the sidebar, I don’t always think to ask people to subscribe. But that’s about to change.

 

Hey, It’s Free!

There are a few ways we authors gain interest in our books: online promotions, monthly newsletters, and blogs are just a few.

For me, this blog is essential for a few reasons. Sure, sometimes I use it to share news about my books. But I also host guest authors, link out to other resources, and yes, post rants about stuff that bugs me.

Like my quarterly newsletter, there’s no cost to subscribe to this blog. And you might find some great reading here—from other authors as well as myself.

Check it out and subscribe today. And please feel free to comment below!

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Who Are You? And What Do You Want?

Readers of this blog who are also movie buffs may be able to help me out today: tell me where I got that title about identity! I’m fairly certain there was an old movie or TV show where a character said, “Who are you? And what do you want?” But for the life of me, I...
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What’s the Risk to Not Having A Cataloging-In-Publication (CIP) Data Block?

Over the past few weeks, I've been writing about "book-building" for indie authors. By that I mean putting a book together from your perspective as an author. So I haven't covered topics like cover design or interior design - you may choose those, but you're probably...

It’s A Small World After All

Most of my blog posts are related in one way or another to the business of being an author - expanding your author platform, improving your book marketing, and so on - and not strictly self-promotional. However, every once in a while, I've got a radio interview or...

Why Are You Being So Rude?

​Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut were two of the people most responsible for me wanting to become a writer. I was a teenager, and couldn't believe you could actually get paid to be so rude, irreverent, and just plain weird. I used to love to turn people on to...

How Freelance Writers Can Ditch The Content Mills – And Get Paid What They’re Worth

So today turns out to be a great day for a guest post, since I've got a sprained wrist – time to rest my hands and arms. Without further ado, here's freelancer extraordinaire Tara Malone on how to ditch the content mills! You’re sick and tired of your day job and...

Lyrics: Why I Write Them, and Why I’ve Put Them Into My Novels

Today's post might look like a lazy man's blog, because I'm copying and pasting lyrics into it from other sources. But the fact is, lyrics have always played an important role not only in my life, but also in my novels. I never gave this much thought until recently,...
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An Epic Launch

Today, the SEO overlords may punish me for posting something overly short. But that's okay. Because I had an epic launch this weekend. "Epic launch" is a phrase I've had in my head for a few weeks now. You see, as the publication date for Whizzers drew closer and...

And So The Tour Ends

Well, it's finally over: the blog tour for the relaunch of Miles of Files ends today with a stop at Novelgossip, hosted by the fabulous Amy. I say fabulous because, man oh man, has she got a following! Not even four o'clock, and already 33 bloggers have liked the...

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...

Taking a Page from the Dylan Playbook?

Although he doesn't use the term himself, recent Nobel winner Bob Dylan's relentless touring has been referred to as the Never-Ending Tour. Taking a page from the Dylan playbook might seem like a weird idea for an author, but recently I have thought about doing just...