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Month: July 2019

Newquist Family Eating

Newquist Family Eating

It occurred to me after my post earlier this week on seasoning salts that before I jump headfirst into foodposting on the blog I should do I quick run down of how we actually eat. I don’t do this to be holier-than-thou on it, because trust me we eat donuts more than we probably should, but to give the proper framework for our food. I tend to get a lot of questions about how we manage to eat the way…

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Stop Selling to Other Authors

Stop Selling to Other Authors

I want to point this out because one would think this is rather fundamental, but it’s not. It really, really isn’t. Other writers are not your customers. Let me say it again, louder for everyone in the back: OTHER WRITERS ARE NOT YOUR CUSTOMERS! Will other writers buy your book? Sure, sometimes they will. Sometimes they’ll pick it up on KU to read it and help you out (I do this a lot). But I see so many writers completely…

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Seasoning Salts

Seasoning Salts

I love to cook. And read about food, food history, all that good stuff. So I’ll often have cooking and food posts on this blog amongst other things, since it’s kind of a weird hodgepodge of topics anyway. Today I thought I would share the seasoning salts I love and use regularly in my own cooking. I’ll also toss in an example of a recipe that I use it in. Should be fun. These are seasoning salts beyond the garlic…

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Heroes Fall is out!

Heroes Fall is out!

So this is definitely a delayed post, but until the other day, I hadn’t updated this blog in two years. Back then I was still mostly working on my sword-and-sorcery short stories! My first novel, Heroes Fall, has been out since January. It is the first book in the Serenity City series, and it also launches Silver Empire’s HEROES UNLEASHED universe, a shared superhero world! Victoria doesn’t need a cape and a name to be a hero. Living and working…

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What Social Media Does Work for Authors?

What Social Media Does Work for Authors?

So I’ve had two posts recently talking about specific social media platforms and how they’re not good for fan interactions anymore. Especially for gaining new fans since organic reach is suppressed in various ways. Note that this topic is specifically referring to ORGANIC reach, which means your ability to contact your followers without paying for the privilege. Don’t write off Facebook’s paid advertising and reach yet. Don’t even bother to pay for exposure on Twitter. All our tests have shown…

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Twitter and Social Interaction

Twitter and Social Interaction

In my last social media post I talked about Facebook and interaction, marketing, and the upcoming changes. In this one, I get to rag on Twitter. The terrible, terrible user interface update aside, Twitter is becoming an unusable platform as well. Especially for its users. It has never been a great social media site for sales, but it could be used as a way to connect and reach new readers by interacting with them. People buy from creators that they…

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Incoming Facebook Changes

Incoming Facebook Changes

As promised in my “returning to the world of blogging” post, I’m here to share and discuss some of the incoming changes to Facebook. And detail out why they’re bad for businesses AND bad for users. Facebook is no stranger to change. In the years it has been around its been overhauled more than once. This post in the Admin Zone Forums details out the coming changes for Facebook. Click through and read it for yourself. I will be commenting…

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Social Media. I’m tired of it.

Social Media. I’m tired of it.

I’ll repeat it. I’m really sick of social media. For a long time, I’ve been trying to use it as a way to connect to friends, readers, fans. Other authors. But it just isn’t working for me, for many reasons. The biggest is that it’s actually a black hole of human misery and people being generally shitty to one another. It’s an addictive time-sink that feels productive for advertising or connections, but in the end little comes out of it….

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