I’ll think of a title later

I’ve been in a slump. Probably the worst slump of my life when it comes to writing. I’ve never gone quite as long as I’ve gone this time without wanting to spend time writing anything at all. I think I’m finally recovering. “Think” being the real state of things, though. I can’t say for sure.Continue reading “I’ll think of a title later”

The spreadsheets that help me tame the minutia of indie publishing

I’ve been reading a lot lately about spreadsheets and inventories on another site. Reading about the time involved in such a massive project has made me very happy that I’ve been tracking my stuff from the very beginning. My main “publish-list” spreadsheet is up to ten tabs of data these days, and even includes allContinue reading “The spreadsheets that help me tame the minutia of indie publishing”

PayPal hassles are pushing me to switch from Smashwords to Draft2Digital

I divorced some-odd years ago, and I’ve lagged with the name change for an online bank account and my PayPal account. I finally got around to it recently, and dear lord, it’s obvious to me now why I waited. PayPal changes are a hassle. Their (new) website is glitchy and won’t accept my documents forContinue reading “PayPal hassles are pushing me to switch from Smashwords to Draft2Digital”

My writing process in five sentences (and some words about those sentences)

I write a book. I start at the beginning. I write through to the end, taking a few detours along the way usually but always ending up at the end. (3) I read the book and mark errors and continuity issues to check or fix and make sure nothing sounds wrong (that’s a totally subjectiveContinue reading “My writing process in five sentences (and some words about those sentences)”

Don’t link to your email list provider in your books

I’m going to sound smug for a moment, because frankly, that’s how I’m feeling right about now. From the beginning, I’ve done everything I can to make life easier on myself, and it’s paid off in several ways in the long run. I make all my links in my books go back to my ownContinue reading “Don’t link to your email list provider in your books”

Mailchimp changes—read Gaughran’s post

So day before yesterday, I spent an hour or so trying to find info on the Mailchimp changes I’d just been notified about by email. I’m on the free plan, because my lists are tiny. Like, really super tiny, because I don’t promote them except in my books and on my websites, and I don’tContinue reading “Mailchimp changes—read Gaughran’s post”

Good news for the pre-order averse from Barnes & Noble Press

From the latest Barnes & Noble Press email I received: eBook Pre-Order no longer requires a placeholder interior file, so you’ll never have to worry that readers will receive anything less than your finished project once it’s ready for release. This is good news. One reason I’ve personally avoided pre-orders has been the need toContinue reading “Good news for the pre-order averse from Barnes & Noble Press”

The decline of The Passive Voice website

Well, it was a good run. I used to enjoy reading The Passive Voice blog for the publishing news and stuff, even the random bits that didn’t really have a lot to do with publishing or self-publishing. I have been visiting and reading the site for more than six years. But The Passive Voice hasContinue reading “The decline of The Passive Voice website”

Well, there you go. Bye-bye KBoards

My love/hate relationship with KBoards is pretty much over. VerticalScope bought the site from the former owner and snuck in terms of use changes that I noticed and brought to the attention of the other members, and boom, explosions happened. When all was said and done (not all has been said and done, but it’sContinue reading “Well, there you go. Bye-bye KBoards”

Kindle Unlimited: a pirate’s treasure

Here’s a screenshot of a post on a forum. Maybe you can guess the forum, but I’m going to do the sane thing here and not mention it by name, because I’m not interested in sending goons after the bad guys and becoming a bad guy myself. But ain’t that grand? Personally, it’s just oneContinue reading “Kindle Unlimited: a pirate’s treasure”

Amazon.co.uk is having a sale on print books that’s causing KDP to price match my ebook

I don’t know exactly what’s going on this morning with Amazon.co.uk and KDP, but I came across an odd value in my sales report from KDP for one of my books. I double checked the book on Amazon.co.uk, where the odd “royalty” came from, and realized Amazon.co.uk is price matching one of my books. TheContinue reading “Amazon.co.uk is having a sale on print books that’s causing KDP to price match my ebook”