I have two modes: 1) hyperfocus and 2) no focus. This can be terrible in writing. With my doctoral work taking up most of my time, any extra time is generally dedicated to writing, but that doesn’t always work well if I can’t get my brain to saddle up with me. Because of this, I … Continue reading Focus Issues
Cover artists, graphic designers – the masters of the thumbnail. Even though the books are the authors’ babies, the image translation is up to someone else. Someone we might not know. Someone who might not have even read your book. First phase, don’t leave anything to chance. Find commercially free images to give the artists. … Continue reading Cover Design
Social Media – the cliques of the internet. While the pack of internet folks moves from one to the next, there’s always some that stay behind. Memes joke about the two sides of Tumblr – of Pinterest. Digital anthropologists study them like physical civilizations. I stare and slink away back to dead bodies. Dead bodies … Continue reading Internet Cliques?
A lot of people like things that make their lives easier. For agents and editors, this can be pitch contests. They get hundreds of emails from potential authors a day. The time it takes to read and sort through them (considering the number with incorrect formats, genres that aren’t represented, or big warning signs) – … Continue reading Pitch Contests
The majority of humans seem to enjoy watching others. Specifically, interesting others. I mean, the fact that "people watching" exists says an awful lot. It's why realities shows do well. It's why youtubers do well. We like seeing what other people do, and if we can do that without being watched ourselves, all the better. … Continue reading Debating YouTube