Going Boldly Forth

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matt. 7:7-8

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when Jesus spoke these words in the Sermon on the Mount, He wasn’t thinking about indie publishing. For one thing, none of the Big 5 publishing houses existed yet. Plus, Jesus didn’t have to worry about who would publish His sermons.

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First Things First

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The good news is that I’m moving forward. Here are the things I’ve accomplished in the past two weeks.

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The Most Important Thing

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Credit: Open Clip Art Vector on Pixabay

 

There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ve made my indie publishing journey more complicated (and more expensive) than it absolutely needs to be. Plenty of people find a premade cover they love, give their book a final proofreading, upload it to Amazon, and voilà! The book is published. Continue reading

Money, Money, Money

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Photo credit: Quince Creative on Pixabay

As my research into indie publishing continues, I’ve come face to face certain less-than-pleasant truths, such as how much it costs to publish a book that looks like . . . well, a real book, as opposed to something I printed on the ancient laser printer in my home office and hawked on Instagram.

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What if you fly?

Meagan Schultz artwork

I discovered this lovely artwork last week. Talk about perfect timing!

This gorgeous piece was created by author Meagan Schultz (@meaganschultzwrites on Instagram) and is used with her gracious permission. Thanks, Meagan!

 

Down the Rabbit Hole of Research

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Photo credit: Sincerely Media on Unsplash

The most important thing to know is what you don’t know.

In my case, this includes a wide array of topics. Luckily, I’m a researcher by trade and by nature. This has upsides and downsides.

The upside is obvious: people pay me to research things, which pays my bills. Having the time, experience, and inclination to dig deeply enables my clients to advise their clients of their options and rights. Knowledge is power, or so Sir Francis Bacon is believed to have said. Continue reading

The Luxury of Spontaneity

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Photo credit: Chris Galbraith on Unsplash

Once upon a time, I awoke on a Wednesday morning in August. The sun was bright and summer-hot. My workload was summer-light. I called my friend, K, who was also a freelancer, and said, “Let’s go to the beach!”

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How Mount St. Helens Broke My Wine Glass: A Story in Pictures

Once upon a time, there was a lovely glass of inexpensive pinot grigio:

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The glass sat next to a statuette made from the ash of Mount St. Helens:

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The clumsy person who was drinking the wine tipped the glass over. She reached for it, but not before it knocked against the statuette. At first, it appeared that all was well, but what the drinker didn’t know was that the impact of the fragile glass against the rock-hard statuette was fatal to the wineglass.   

Moments later, just as it seemed all was well, the bowl of the wineglass fell off, and the wine poured out the hole in the bottom of the bowl

Moral of the story: if you’re in possession of fragile glassware and rock-hard figurines, there are benefits to drinking white wine rather than red:

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Rainbow’s End

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Last week, I found the end of the rainbow.

Turns out, it’s in my front garden. At least, it was.

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To flense, or not to flense

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Photo credit: Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

 

Is there anything more delicious than a new word?

Yes: the moment you realize that a true artist has used that new word. Brilliantly. Continue reading