Video: Five Reasons You Should NOT Self-Publish Your Book

July 21, 2016 Video Blog, Writing Comments (0) 573

One of the most frequent questions I hear from other writers is whether it’s a good idea to self-publish their books.
Trying to break into traditional publishing with a big or small house, or even just finding an agent, is a long and frustrating process that involves just a ton of rejection.
You’ve worked hard on your book, and you just want to find some readers. Self-publishing seems like a way to bypass a lot of hurdles and start your career.
I get why it’s tempting, but here are five good reasons I think you should not self-publish.

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The Value of Opinions / Earth is Getting Better

September 3, 2014 In The News, Video Blog Comments (0) 377

It’s been a while since I posted a talky-blog, and there are some reasons for that. But why read about it when you can watch me run at the mouth on YouTube??

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Bedroom Archaeology

July 9, 2014 Personal, Video Blog Comments (0) 457

Visiting my old bedroom for the July 4 holiday, I decided to share some relics of my childhood and adolescence. Mostly it’s artwork and nerdy stuff, especially STUFFY CTHULU DOLL.

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Video: Did “Save the Cat” REALLY Ruin Hollywood?

June 26, 2014 Video Blog, Writing Comments (1) 472

More than one person took issue with my previous video on Save the Cat and story structure. I wanted to revisit the subject in a little more detail and respond to some of the criticism, while making some other points about Hollywood, creativity, and art vs. commerce.

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Our Inability to Talk about Guns is Killing Children

June 12, 2014 In The News, Politics / Religion, Video Blog Comments (0) 382

The United States has a gun problem. No one is really contesting that–not even the gun enthusiasts, considering their frequent refrain that they need lots of guns to protect themselves from all the guns.

Our larger problem, however, might be our inability to have a mature, productive conversation about gun control and regulation–meaning both sides listening to one another, and trying to draw a compromise.

Yes, I said both sides, because both sides are the problem. That said, only one side is arguing in favor of more guns and more people getting shot. That side also happens to be the one winning.

The only way we’re going to come to a solution is to stop labeling each other, stop scrutinizing the proper use of every term, and stop branding every proposal as “tyranny.”

I’m not anti-gun. I do believe in the right to bear arms, and I believe people should have the right to own firearms. But unless we can agree to some reasonable form of restriction and limitation, we’re going to keep seeing innocent children shot.

That would seem to be motiv

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