Calling a Rabbit a Smeerp

Calling a Rabbit a Smeerp is one of the items listed in the the Turkey City Lexicon in the section about worldbuilding in science fiction and fantasy. It is phrased in terms of making reading unnecessarily hard for readers by adding “unnecessary” strange names for the sole purpose of ramping…

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Self-publishing For Beginners

A quick checklist on self-publishing for beginners. I get asked quite a lot of questions by people who want to self-publish but have no idea where to begin. Here is a list of some points to consider: 1. Educate yourself. No, don’t google “self-publishing” because you’ll come up with a…

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How to sell on non-Amazon platforms

People are constantly surprised to hear that Amazon doesn’t take up the lion’s share of my sales. They often ask how to get sales on those other platforms. Of course I do not have the definitive answers, but here are some thoughts about selling on other platforms. It’s a big…

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Hell on Earth: the European drought of 1540

Cora Buhlert tweeted a link to a very interesting article in the German magazine Spiegel Online. The article is in German, but I found an English article about the German article, with some of its own conclusions. This is not a translation, rather a commentary. Unlike the English article, I’m…

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Selling Books At Conventions

I’ve been selling books at conventions as bookseller on and off for many years. In the pre-ebook age, this meant lugging heavy books around, sending them via mail to a distant convention, and even finagling them, like 100kg worth, onto commercial flights without paying for freight. I’ve flown internationally with…

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Self-publishing: Six Hangups To Forget About

Having a career in self-publishing requires a certain mindset. Here are six things ways you could be wasting your time: 1. Print books Sure, it’s awesome to see your books in print. So you offer them for sale via CreateSpace, Lightning Source, Lulu or whatever. Yes, do order a couple…

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Should I Self-publish, the 2016 Edition

I’ve made two posts with the title Should I self-publish? before, a few years ago. The focus of the first post was shooting yourself in the foot with the publishing industry which, once upon a time declared you persona-non-grata if you self-published a single thing. Remember that time? Ridiculous! The…

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