Aaaand We’re Back!

So it’s been forever and there’s a good reason for that, I recently returned to the world of day jobs and self loathing – and it almost killed me.

That’s not sarcasm either, I had no less than three incidents of illness where I was afraid for my life in the last ten months or so. All of which probably could have been prevented or drastically alleviated if I had been able to go to a doctor. Of course, I can’t afford healthcare even with the new job and paying out of pocket would have negated my entire savings. Savings I was desperate enough to earn that I kept going back, risking my health, for an entire year.

The good news is, I survived! I survived and I have manged to keep most of my savings! Money I’ve been using for some much needed replacing of various electronic bits that make this whole self publishing thing a reality as well as more professional edits.

I am exhausted.

So expect updates full of goodies to come but for right now I really need a nap!

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When To Pay, When Not To Pay: Self Publishing Edition

It’s the middle of the busiest month of the year for me, and probably billions of other people worldwide; I’ve got holidays all month long and a book I’m frantically editing so I can make my traditional birthday release date. Six months later than I promised this time – but it’s going out the door if I have to light it on fire and have the fire department bust it out. In the midst of the holiday madness, the editing, the formatting, the creation of cover designs (the rejections of half finished cover designs) and the gift lust – I received a happy little mailer from BookBaby.

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Get a FREE Copy of “The Uncertainty of Death” Today Only

Sorry I’m late this week with the blog posts. I’ve been busy getting my first book into fighting order and battling Createspace. The good news is that “The Uncertainty of Death” will be available for purchase in print format soon and the ebook will be available for free (one day only) at the time of this posting!

I promised that I’d focus on revision, rewrites and editing while I’m going through the process with my new book, “In the Absence of Famine,” though I must admit I’ve been a bit sidetracked by the actual act of proofing the first. So lets start with editing or more importantly, the importance of a good editor.

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When To Pay, When Not to Pay: Book Covers

Since I’m on this great self-pub journey with absolutely no savings or income to utilize, there’s a constant struggle to gauge what is a worthwhile expense and what isn’t. How much can I really afford to pay on this book cover? Since I can only muster up so much cash, should I do it myself and pour all of that into source files or hire someone else with more skills but higher rates for everything? Can I afford a line editor? Ads?

All of those questions and more swirl around in my head every day. If I’m struggling with these questions, probably someone else out there is struggling just as hard, confused and frustrated by the wealth of information urging indie authors to SPEND HERE. Welcome then, to the “When To Pay, When Not To Pay” series on Blargle Splect outlining some of the places I’ve decided to invest my limited financial resources and why.

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When To Pay, When Not to Pay: Domain Names

Since I’m on this great self-pub journey with absolutely no savings or income to utilize, there’s a constant struggle to gauge what is a worthwhile expense and what isn’t. How much can I really afford to pay on this book cover? Since I can only muster up so much cash, should I do it myself and pour all of that into source files or hire someone else with more skills but higher rates for everything? Can I afford a line editor? Ads?

All of those questions and more swirl around in my head every day. If I’m struggling with these questions, probably someone else out there is struggling just as hard, confused and frustrated by the wealth of information urging indie authors to SPEND HERE. Welcome then, to the “When To Pay, When Not To Pay” series on Blargle Splect outlining some of the places I’ve decided to invest my limited financial resources and why. Continue reading