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Marketing 2017 Wrap-Up

Well, the numbers are not officially in, because there are technically still 20 days left in 2017. But, I am savvy and realistic enough to know when to call a game.

Our marketing efforts this year were… lackluster, despite my big talk way back in January. I don’t need to dissect our numbers (or my budget) to find the reason why, however.

The main culprit: I didn’t publish my book this year. I think most would agree with me that this was a wise decision, but it has necessarily delayed my own marketing efforts.

Still, there are some key lessons I can derive from this non-campaign. But first, let’s dig into the numbers. Here were my original marketing goals for this year, focused mostly on growing our audience. Continue reading Marketing 2017 Wrap-Up

Saturday Of Book Reviewing – BJ Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Now, while this book was super entertaining, I don’t really have much to add to that. It was fun. Light. But it wasn’t really a piece that I would revisit; it didn’t offer any intense moral lessons or revealing new facts about life or the world or thought. I enjoyed it’s skewing of expectations and surprising inversions of old tales. However, this would be a very short review if that’s all I had to say. Continue reading Saturday Of Book Reviewing – BJ Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Witness My Self-Bribery: An Attempt To Manipulate Myself

I cannot stay focused, I have no motivation, and I loooooooove to procrastinate. Do you see all those ‘o’s? That’s a lot of love, people!

In an attempt to remedy this lack in my writing life, I have decided to resort to bribing myself. Of course, if I tell no one, then there’s no one to hold me accountable, hence: I’m pulling you folks in, to act as hawk-eyed witnesses! I both thank and dislike you all, in advance. Continue reading Witness My Self-Bribery: An Attempt To Manipulate Myself

Saturday of Book Reviewing – The Complete Maus

Recently, I read Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus. Written about his father, Vladek’s, experiences during the Holocaust. It’s been on my to read list for awhile and given the resurgence of f**king Nazis in America right now, this seemed a punctual read.

Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – The Complete Maus

Saturday of Book Reviewing – Campbell’s The Power of Myth

Disclaimer:This book is far closer to Stevie’s wheelhouse than mine!

                Review: Seems a safe wager, that when people hear ‘The Power of Myth’, the PBS special between Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell pops up before thoughts of the book that followed it does. Which is cool, only I never saw that special, soooo we’re exclusively discussing the written today. With the exception of right now, when I mention the serendipitous timing of my completion of this book falling mere days before I watched an episode of Gilmore Girls where Yale attendees Rory and Paris spend a night watching the special, instead of enjoying spring break in Florida. My, oh, my do I wish the book inspired that kind of avid attention. It did not. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Campbell’s The Power of Myth

Saturday of Book Reviewing – Siddhartha

This week I figured I’d cover another classic everyone but me seems to have read: Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha.  Written in 1922, this novel follows its titular character through his wacky life from theology student to selfish heathen to terrible father to enlightened boatman.  Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Siddhartha

Saturday of Book Reviewing – Dracula

Cue the haunting intro music! This week I finally finished Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Written in 1897 by the Irish Stoker, this novel fueled so much of the culture we see today  that even without reading the book, most know the story. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Dracula

Saturday of (Comic) Book Reviewing – Batman: The Killing Joke

“…Madness is the emergency exit…”

I think part of being a good writer is being a good reader. And a part of being a good reader means reading a plethora of different medias and styles and genres. Also: Batman is the uberawesome. Hence, another random review of something I recently read! Continue reading Saturday of (Comic) Book Reviewing – Batman: The Killing Joke