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Writing Short Stories Is Hard

I’m just going to file that title away in my folder of “obvious statements everyone instinctively knows,” but I thought I’d spend a bit examining why I personally find writing a series of short stories more difficult than writing an actual novel. But before I do, some background: Book three should come out February 6th, and is already available for preorder. Also, Amazon has some algorithms that bump your visibility when you put out a book. Authors often talk about the 30, 60, or 90 day cliff at which point your new release drops out of the mystery box that is Amazon algorithms which suggests it to browsing buyers, which is why you get a lot of rapid release series – the authors are trying t

Kindle Giveaway Case Study #3 (the half-assed one)

Even though I swore after my second giveaway that it would be my last (here's my first one too), I ended up doing one last December that might need some analysis. And, if you can’t tell from the title, this one is a bit of an outlier, which is actually why I’m bringing it up in the first place. But before I get to what all went wrong and made it strange, I should probably delve into why I went back to a Kindle giveaway in the first place rather than just running a sale as I had twice since then. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed while you’re browsing books on Amazon, but when you look at the top 100 books in any category, you’ll note that there’s actually two: The paid books and the free b

2019 Update and Xmas From Hell

I looked at my blog today and realized it’s been over a month since my last update, so I guess we’re due. That ol’ New Year came and went, and I have to admit, it was not a joyous event at the Presley household. But let me back up a bit before we get there. My December hiatus was nothing new in that I traditionally stop my writing at the end of November to focus on jewelry making for the month of December. Last year I abstained for baby reasons, so this time was my very first time to work with silver in almost two years, and I’m glad to say my skill did not diminish nearly as much as I feared. Alas though, my allotted time was shortchanged by illness, which meant this was not my most prodigi

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