Boundaries

For the last, at least, five years, I’ve had a problem with boundaries. Specifically, the boundary between my work life and home life. I work – a lot. And in the past several years, more and more of my time and focus has been on updating my skills and producing some good journalism. Which is good and important – I’m lucky to like what I’m doing. But my family and cartooning life has suffered. I have to put that in balance, especially since my daughters Read More +
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Notes on self publishing for a friend

UPDATE 1: Additional thoughts, and a quick look at the July numbers are at the end. UPDATE 2: In the second comment, I look at the whole $14.99 versus $9.99 thing. Bottom line: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out” is still true today. Author Hugh Howey posted a spreadsheet of ebook sales from a day at the end of April, 2014, as part of his quest to answer questions regarding independent author earnings versus traditionally published authors. Read More +
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In which my family tries to kill me

There are two things that really raise my blood pressure – to the point that my head might explode: driving in traffic and computer problems. Saturday, my family tried to combine the two. I was driving home when I got a call from my one of my daughters. Apparently we were having printing problems so severe they needed to call. As calmly as I could, I said I couldn’t do anything for them while I was on the road, and hung up. Now, I hate Read More +
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I am Joe Biden

Well, not exactly. But I am now a Vice President. Sure, it’s only for the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, but that’s still pretty cool (I was the only candidate, and they had blackmail information to make me run BUT STILL…) In addition to the web duties, I’ll be working on scheduling meetings and on the MWA booth at the Printer’s Row book festival. Yay me! In other news, I’ve updated my EVENTS page with stuff for 2010. Check it out!
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Information is not alive

The majority of people who have read my webcomics series, Odd Jobs, have not compensated me in any way. Many have, but quite a few websurfers dip in, enjoy my work and then flit off to their next fix – whatever that might be. I mention this not to make anyone feel guilty (although if you are feeling guilty, please click here), but to point out the predominant philosophy still permeating the web is that “information wants to be free,” and therefore it’s useless to Read More +
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Earning out

I’m still working on my Bouchercon wrap up, but I wanted to talk about something first. Earlier I mentioned that I’d earned out – that is I’ve sold enough books that the print run and other expenses like the advance have been paid for. That’s a pretty big deal even for a small press author. You see, most authors don’t earn out – they don’t make as much or more than the money the publisher has spent on them. That’s to be expected though. Most Read More +
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