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Category: writing

How to grow your email list

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…


How to beat Amazon

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….


Building your email list yet? Find out why you need to get started

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…


How I used #KDPRocket and learned to love keyword analysis

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…


Darklight cover reveal!

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…


Building a recording studio without breaking the bank

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…


Learning Spring Boot – 2nd Edition Rewrite is complete

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,…


The “spice” of Pre-Edits

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…


I signed a contract!

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…


Marketing your book with a launch group

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….