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The terrible pain of reconciliation 2012

Each month as I attempt to reconcile my iTunes sales reports I am once again bewildered that this mess of an interface/data is Apple's.

Really, Apple, would it kill you to provide your reports by calendar month or at least provide daily sales totals across all regions? Gah.

 

Continuing saga May 4, 2012:

I receive this error on their website:

"You backtracked too far. The application backtracking limit of 30 has been exceeded. Re-enter MZLabel" (that last word being a link to a login screen).

Jeez, Apple. I thought you were in it to win it. This is just sad. Even BN.com's PubIt is kicking your ass on interface.

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 06:01 PM in tools, warnings & kvetches, Web/Tech, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

β€œIs blogging journalism?” - an FAQ 2012

RT @flashboy: Nice bit of journalism from @currybet

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM in tweets, Weblogs, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why is Business Writing So Awful? 2012

"It's not about telling a story. It's about telling a true story well." Nice plug for business value of hiring writers.

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM in tweets, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Authors Guild v. Hathi Trust 2012

Pleased to see @ARLpolicy working for fair use & libraries. I'm an author, but I know @AuthorsGuild is failing my long-term interests here.

Posted on April 20, 2012 at 02:31 PM in Books, creativity, Current Affairs, librarianship, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bestsellers in Mendonoma 2012

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Posted on February 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM in Books, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Four-Eyed Frog author event 2012

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Posted on January 28, 2012 at 04:00 PM in Books, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Doing what you love 2012

I'm working my way through the remaining stack of books relating to productivity and happiness which I accumulated during the writing of Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff. Some are new to me, a few are significant works I wanted to re-read, and a good percentage are other books by authors who wrote something I liked a great deal. I flipped through all of them at least a little during the writing process, but now I'm giving them more attention before swapping them away. It's one of these last ones that I'm reading today: Live the Life you Love by Barbara Sher.

In Lesson Five she asks you to think about what you loved doing during your childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. I thought immediately of playing with plastic animals and Fisher-Price Adventure People and the long, involved stories I would make up for them. Turning my mind to adolescence I picture being a dungeonmaster, both running games and, perhaps even more enjoyed, sitting at the desk in my room, listening to music, designing dungeons and the stories behind them. As an undergraduate there was more gaming, but also in theater arts, anthropology, archaeology, and history classes, the process of increasing my understanding of how someone related to their world.

Really, it's a bit surprising it's taken as long as it has for me to start writing novels. :)

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 03:10 PM in creativity, Dinah - introduction, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Memorial gathering for Grandma Susie 2011

Jinx and Dinah Getting Things Ready (Photo by Uncle Larry)
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Listening to Randy (one of my first cousins once removed) (Photo by Larry)
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With my Uncle Larry and my second cousin Alex (Photo by C'Anna)
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Some people in my family are tall. I'm not one of them. :)

Happy publishers (Photo by Larry)
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Dinah shows Alma her book
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Photo of me with my great-aunt Alma (Grandma Susie's sister), taken by my mother's cousin C'Anna.
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Posted on October 15, 2011 at 12:00 PM in Books, friends & family, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

The book is out! 2011

Hooray! It was a good weekend. Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff got approved and now is in the iBookstore, the print version can be bought through my Createspace estore, and it's now listed in both Kindle and print versions on Amazon.

With everything now in place I can move ahead on promoting the book. I'm ramping up gradually, in hopes that my early adopters will write reviews that will be seen by other folks as I start driving more traffic to the various storefronts.

As before when I transitioned from writing to editing and formatting, I feel myself changing hats and switching to a new aspect of the job of indie author.

I need to run the numbers again, but my sense is that I need to sell around 3500 copies to pay back my costs. So far I'm about 2% of the way there with the very small amount of publicity I've done, so that's encouraging.

Onward!

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM in Books, work, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

My book reaching readers! 2011

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Posted on October 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM in Books, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

in print 2011

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Posted on October 8, 2011 at 07:00 AM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

the horse race continued 2011

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Posted on September 29, 2011 at 03:04 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

online book discussions? 2011

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Posted on September 29, 2011 at 02:25 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

the horse race 2011

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Posted on September 29, 2011 at 09:14 AM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

book update 2011

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Posted on September 28, 2011 at 02:21 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

very very very close to book release 2011

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Posted on September 27, 2011 at 09:51 AM in Books, Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Planning through dependencies: A lesson from self-publishing 2011

I'm in the very last stages before self-publishing my book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, and the remaining steps are often exceedingly clear.

For example:

I will be publishing in the iBookstore, but I can't submit the book to them until I set all their pricing terms.

I can't set all the iBookstore ebook pricing until I have determined the book's price for its physical version (in trade paperback through Amazon/Createspace).

I can't set that price until I know my costs for author copies and my royalty share in the different sales channels through Createspace.

I can't know those costs until I have a solid estimate of the book's page count.

I won't have that page count until I do the layout in the print template with something very close to the final version of the text.

I won't have something very close to the final version of the text until I've transferred almost all the copy edit changes into the master manuscript in Scrivener.

I can't copy those edits over until I receive them from my editor when she has finished her main copy editing pass on the manuscript.

Fortunately, I'm expecting those from her shortly.

 

To be fair, I also don't want to submit the book to iBookstore until I have the final version with all the copy edits, but I find the dependency between print layout and ebook publication worth noting.

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM in Books, work, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

thank you for your patience 2011

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Posted on September 16, 2011 at 12:21 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

which cover blurb? 2011

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Posted on August 30, 2011 at 02:21 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

received first section of edits 2011

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Posted on August 24, 2011 at 07:38 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

writing and re-writing done 2011

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Posted on August 18, 2011 at 06:22 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

picking a subtitle, the final round 2011

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Posted on August 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

picking a subtitle 2011

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Posted on August 9, 2011 at 07:18 PM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

a professional editor 2011

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Posted on August 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM in Discardia, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jenny clicked it when she saw,

Smiling at the screen she glanced on;

Time, you thief, who like to paw

Sweets into your list, put that on!

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,

Say of health & wealth I'm cheated,

Say I'm growing old, but add –

She retweeted.

 

(with thanks and apologies to Leigh Hunt)

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 08:32 PM in creativity, writing | Permalink | Comments (0)

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