Making Money Mondays – Removing Obstacles & Download Cards

I mentioned Ebook Download Cards in my last post, and we’ll talk about those in more depth today, but before we get granular, I wanted to talk about why we care about things like ebook download cards, or buying anthologies with your stories in them, or publishing things of different lengths and price points, or any of a number of things that we do when we’re planning a convention trip or just working on our career.

It’s all about removing obstacles to the sale. When we’re working to hand-sell a book, anything that gives a customer an excuse not to buy is an obstacle to the sale. Someone at your table says “I don’t feel like carrying books around the whole convention, I’ll come back Sunday.” They’re not saying their arms hurt, they’re saying “no.” Your best response – “I’ll hold them here behind the table with your name on […]

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Self-publishing Part 1

As I mentioned last time, I’m working on publishing my first self-pubbed book (I was going to write self-pubbed publication–I need caffeine, obviously). I’ve wanted to publish something myself for some time, but I’ve had no time to write outside of my contracts for . . . well, a long time. Luckily, my contracts allow for me to publish independently. But that’s more of a business topic for later, or better yet, our intrepid Money Mondays duo might take it up for me. Hey Faith and John! 😀

All right, so I wanted to self-pub. You might as why. Go ahead. Ask. Well, I’ll tell you. There are several reasons. The obvious one is that I’d make a lot more money per sale doing it myself than going through a publisher. Always a nice thing. Plus the money comes in more frequently, which is to say, every month rather than […]

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Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and the Pro Writer

Once upon a time, not long ago, there was ‘real’ publishing and vanity publishing. ‘Real’ publishing paid the author, and authors paid the vanity publisher. The lines were clear. Few self-published books made it across the threshold into legitimacy. Self-publishing carried a stigma, regardless of how well-written.

My, how things have changed.

Blame or credit ebooks and print-on-demand for creating a seismic shift in how books are created. Ebooks removed the cost barriers for self-publishers, because with a good cover and interior design, a self-published book could look just as good as one from a big publishing house. Print-on-demand meant that do-it-yourselfers no longer had to pay exorbitant prices to get a minimum print run. And with Amazon willing to carry self-published books and the demise of many brick-and-mortar bookstores, the final objection—not being able to get distribution to bookstores—vanished.

It took a while before professional writers, authors who had […]

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Money Matters – Patreon, Conventions, and Charging for Autographs

Before I start this week, a quick note that I’ll be at MonsterCon 2015 in Gaffney, SC next weekend, so come by and say hello if you’re in the upstate! Also, I’ll have a new release to talk about in the next couple of weeks. It’s my first foray into epic fantasy, and it’s coming out as three serialized novellas, then I’ll release the entire novel when that’s done. It’s called Queen of Kats, and here’s a peek at the cover.


Welcome to the Dark Side, we don’t really have cookies. We also have a lot of incomplete information about how this business works and how people manage to make a living in it. Since becoming a full-time professional writer on June 30th (sounds SO much better than “losing my day job,” which just sounds careless), I’ve paid a lot more attention to the cost and benefit of […]

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Literate Liquors Episode 15 – Short Stories

With Big Bad 2 releasing next week, and with a fairly well-read SFWA article about why you should write short fiction even if there’s no money in it, I thought it would be worth it to provide a nuts and bolts, dollars and cents podcast about short fiction, how I do it, why I do it, and what I make from it. I include my earnings from January and February so far on my short fiction sales. I think it might surprise you.

Literate Liquors Episode 15 – Short Stories

Literate Liquors Episode 13

Lucky number 13 is here, and it’s here first! I was running late this week, so this was just recorded this morning, and I’m putting it up on MW before it hits anywhere else. I talk about the new SFWA membership rules, and whether or not I’m planning on joining. Y’all enjoy!

Literate Liquors Episode 13.

D.B. Jackson: Drawing Inspiration From Short Fiction

Hello, MW! It is great to be back — I’ve missed being here. [Glances around] The place looks great — you’ve taken good care of it while I’ve been gone. And now that I’m here, I’m sticking around for a while — I’ll be posting for the next five weeks, kicking off the promotion for A Plunder of Souls, the third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles (which began with Thieftaker and Thieves’ Quarry). The book will be released on July 8, exactly one week from today.

So, let’s get to it . . .

You’ve heard me say it before: “Write short fiction about your characters. It will help you get a sense of their background and their voice, and it might even result in a sale.” Or, as in this case, it might lead to an entirely new novel.

A Plunder of Souls has its origins in a single […]

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