The High Price of Attitude

August 23, 2012 in General Topics

“You know, I forget how young you are, Mitch…that you think you have to be a prick to get things done…and that you actually think that that’s a new idea.”Patch Adams

Stop it.

One of the many great things Christianity offers a troubled mankind is a salve for relentlessly aggressive tendencies; tendencies too often indulged by both believers and non-believers. I’ve joked with friends on the subject of evolution, which too many people expect me to take issue with because of my faith. I tell them I have no problem with the idea of being descended from primates – with evolution at all – but apes should have a problem with it, because it’s an insult to good apes everywhere.

Your average lowland gorilla just wants to hang around in the grass and chill out. Humans, on the other hand, seem to have a problem even handling basic internet conversation, without things spiraling horribly out of control. Read the rest of this entry →

The Value of Partnerships

June 28, 2012 in General Topics

Building anything great takes a team.I wrestled with the key term in this post, but the word “partnership” struck me as the most appropriate. Simply put, as a start-up independent publisher I have been reminded again and again the advantages of outsourcing some of the heavy lifting. So I’m going to encourage you to do the same thing, and explain why.
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Defining the Author Objective

May 9, 2012 in General Topics

I’m taking one of Bob Mayer and Jen Talty’s workshops, offered on their website. One of the first things we were asked was to define our objective, our target endgame in our writing pursuits — something Bob commonly throws around as “Oz”. I’ve defined my Oz.

Initially, I defined that as connecting with the readers, building a base, and achieving financial success. But you can really shorten my path down the yellow brick road to one goal. Read the rest of this entry →

An Object Lesson in Politics and Authors

May 1, 2012 in General Topics

As if to illustrate a broader point about the dangers of politicizing one’s brand, along comes Stephen King’s recent article imploring the government to raise his taxes. Read the rest of this entry →

I Can’t Believe You Tweeted That (Part 2)

April 16, 2012 in General Topics

Last Friday I touched on the importance of quality tweets, as well as the danger of straying into potentially divisive subjects when you, the author, should be focused on bringing people together. Today, we’ll wrap up this look at questionable Twitter habits with two other types of problematic tweets. Read the rest of this entry →