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Parenting Is Overrated

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Where the Money Goes

There’s this odd misconception out in the world that publishers and authors are rich. We both have money to burn and can afford huge outlandish parties to celebrate our books.

I wish.

Here’s a breakdown of where money goes at a small press.

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Just Submit Already

Today I did that scary thing all authors have to do at some point if they ever plan to publish their work (regardless of whether they go the traditional or indie publishing route). I opened myself up to rejection. In my specific example, I submitted to an agent. Now,... read more

How to Have Your Own Low-Key Retreat

I have just gotten back from a writing retreat. This was a very informal thing where a large group of writing-oriented friends rent a house in the middle of nowhere. We take turns making meals and we spend hours, hours just working in silence. It’s great. It’s one of... read more

Unlooked for Compliment

The other day I got something that a parent of a kid like mine – a kid with a lot of negative labels – doesn’t get all that often. A complete and total stranger told me I have a “good kid.” Let’s set the scene. I got a new phone that did not activate. I did everything... read more

12 Months of Writing

My first goal of the year is to write more. This particular goal doesn’t really need a detailed plan or timeline. I can say it all in one sentence: I’m going to write for at least one hour everyday. Although initially this goal is about little more than putting words... read more

How To Still Focus on Your One Thing

Today most kids go back to school after the holiday break. For some reason that got me thinking about the book The ONE Thing that I read a while back. You see, school is sort of the antithesis to that book. In school you spend your day broken into a whole bunch of... read more

2015 Wishes

It’s that time of year again – when the old year ends, and we start anticipating the new one. I, for one, cannot see the back of 2014 fast enough. This has been a hideous year for me health-wise, and that affected everything else in my life from work on down. In fact,... read more