Something I learned about last year, was this thing called “reader magnets”. It was listed at the #1 way to grow your email list. Essentially, people love free stuff, so if you wish to sell books, you need to curate an email list of people that like your work. The easiest way to find such…
Something everyone has noticed over the past couple years is how Amazon has pushed its way into retail space. And most notably, the publishing industry. Listening to a new podcast (the Sell More Books Show), it appears Barnes & Noble may be on their last legs. They are implementing cost cutting measures that reduce staffing….
Are you a writer? Have you have written novels? Tech books? Do you want to? Assuming you said yes to any of those questions, the next question is possibly the most critical one to follow: Are you building your email list? If you said “no”, then you might be making the biggest mistake of your…
A big event is coming. The release of my debut novel, DARKLIGHT, is planned for later this month. And do you know what I dread? A lackluster launch. I have helped launch several indie titles in the past for other authors, but something I finally knuckled down and did this morning was what EVERY author…
Greetings everyone! Today is super exciting because I finally get to reveal the cover to my debut novel, DARKLIGHT. I’ve been working extra hard on this work. I started it in 2010 and have been at it for eight years. It took three editors and four rounds, but it’s finally gotten that extra polish it…
Some of you may remember that in a former life, I launched a podcast with friend and former teammate, Russ Miles. Suffice it to say, that was shelved long ago. However, everything I learned came rushing back when my wife announced last year that she was auditioning with her very own publisher to record the…
I have finished updating every chapter of this book to the Reactor-based paradigm. And boy did it take a lot! In case you missed it, when I embarked upon writing this book for Packt Publishing, I decided to start from scratch. The previous edition, as much as I enjoyed it, wasn’t bold enough. This time,…
This blog post is coming to you late because I’m neck deep in pre-edits. Since I signed a contract for Darklight, I have had a checklist of things to get done for my publisher, Clean Reads. The most exhausting: pre-edits. Pre-edits are an opportunity to clear away the proverbial brush. There are LOTS of things we…
Something I’ve been working on for seven years now has taken a big turn. I signed a contract with Clean Reads to publish my novel, DARKLIGHT! I’m pretty stoked about this. Of course it will be lots of work. Not even sure if it’s coming out this year or next. Either way, it’s going to…
I’ve recently been working on building up a new aspect of marketing – forming a launch group. A launch group is a close knit circle of people that help you get the word out when your book, as they say, hits the stands. I have two fronts in progress: Darklight and Learning Spring Boot 2nd Edition….
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- Live Coding w/ Spring Data @ SpringOne Platform 2016
- Spinnaker: Land of a 100 Builds @ SpringOne Platform 2016
- Spring Data REST @ SpringOne 2015
- Spring Data REST @ DevNexus 2015
- Debug and Maintain Your Spring Boot App – 7/9/2015
- Cloud Foundry After Dark – 2/15/2015
- Screencast: REST app built in five minutes or less – 11/20/2014
- Spring Data REST – Data Meets Hypermedia – 2014
- Building Your App Mgmt Tools w/ Spring Boot – 2014
- Grails in the Real World™ – 2013
- Why writing framework code is different than end user apps May 7, 2018
- How to grow your email list April 24, 2018
- As Pivotal goes public, I can’t help but reflect on this surreal journey. #PVTL @russmiles @pivotal April 20, 2018
- How to beat Amazon April 3, 2018
- Darklight released! March 27, 2018
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