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How to build an Affiliate storefront on Bookshop.org

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Blog Posts, Writing Advice | 4 comments

How to build an Affiliate storefront on Bookshop.org

About Bookshop.org Started in January 2020, Bookshop.org is designed to be a better alternative to Amazon, allowing readers to shop online conveniently while supporting indie bookstores, along with authors and organizations who build affiliate stores. Bookshop’s 10% affiliate fee is industry-leading: when someone buys a book from your affiliate store, 10% of the cover price goes to you. Another 10% goes into a fund to be distributed to independent bookstores. Since it’s so new, Bookshop.org is...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2.5: Expenses, Continued

Posted by on Apr 18, 2020 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

This is part 2.5 rather than 3 because all my discussion of expenses had been intended for one post. However, I turned out to have a lot to say about coupons and grocery savings. So let’s pick up where we left off. But first, I wanted to share a relevant read from this week: Kickstarter’s Happening newsletter included a link to The Creative Independent’s Guide for Financial Survival During the COVID Crisis. It’s by a financial planner who offers in-depth advice based on...

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Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2: Expenses

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Blog Posts, Featured, Work and Career | 0 comments

Money Management and Living on a Budget for Freelancers – Part 2: Expenses

Let’s continue this series with a discussion of how I keep expenses down. Again, I’m not going to tell you not to buy Starbucks (but I will explain how I don’t). And if you’ve been penny-pinching for years, this might not all be new to you, or feasible for you. Part of my inspiration for this blog series came about after I read The $1,000 Challenge and realized I was already executing most of its tips that applied to me (it’s still a highly entertaining and pretty...

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A schedule for the next few months, pandemic nonwithstanding

Posted by on Mar 12, 2020 in Blog Posts, Work and Career | 0 comments

One upside of working from home is that even a global pandemic doesn’t interrupt your schedule much…that said, I hope everyone is washing their hands properly! If you aren’t immunocompromised, consider leaving masks and alcohol wipes for those who most need them. For clients interested in booking me over the next few months: I’m closed to new projects through March 20, and then will briefly open. Because of a major project scheduled ahead of time, I will not be editing...

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Release Day

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Blog Posts, Publications, Work and Career | 0 comments

Release Day

Three collections of revised and reprinted short fiction are out today! John Kosichev and Other Heroes: Stories of Resistance In small ways and large, ordinary people and extraordinary ones defy the regimes that would crush them. Available on Amazon and wider distributors through Draft2Digital – and in paperback!   The Astrologer’s Telling: Stories of Worlds Ending and the Cost of Survival What would you be willing to sacrifice to go on? And when going on becomes impossible, what...

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New Story Collections: Heroes, Apocalypse, Loyalty and Betrayal

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019 in Blog Posts, Featured, Publications, Work and Career, Writing | 0 comments

New Story Collections: Heroes, Apocalypse, Loyalty and Betrayal

Embarrassment is a poor motivation for writing, so I won’t be ashamed about how little readers have seen of me over the past few years. I haven’t been wasting my time – I’ve edited dozens of amazing novels, helped to plan two Waukesha County Sustainability Fairs, and found out this online dating thing might be all it’s cracked up to be (even if it means off-line interactions require an hour-long drive. I’m taking audiobook recommendations, by the way!). All...

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Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Editing, Featured, Work and Career, Writing Advice | 0 comments

Before Editing: A Recommended Reading List

Part of being an editor is noticing patterns—the motion of a character arc, the raveling of a resolution, or the fact that the past five paragraphs have all started with the same word. Here’s another pattern: I’ve been recommending certain articles and books to almost every client I work with, year after year. So why not share them here once and for all? These 12 short articles and 6 books delve into the writing techniques I comment on most frequently. Many of them formed the core of my own...

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Welcome 2018! (What I read in 2017 and where you can find me this year)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized, Work and Career | 0 comments

During the fresh, can-do spirit of the beginning of a new year, it seems like a good time to have another swing at writing for this blog! As I expected last year, blogging hasn’t been my biggest priority, though I’m glad I was able to get some book reviews and publication announcements in last year. So what HAVE I been doing? Fair question! Two big things, mostly: reading, and being paid for reading. (That is, copyediting. And also writing, of course!) 2017 was the first year I...

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Can you help find my dad’s lost paintings?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Can you help find my dad’s lost paintings?

Hello, all, and happy Labor Day weekend! After the Sustainability Fair (which was awesome), I have some time to take on another project. And it’s this: I’m on a scavenger hunt for my late father’s paintings. They were accidentally donated before he passed away, probably to the St Vincent de Paul shop in West Bend (we think in 2015, but could be anytime between December 2013-August 2016). They’re oil on canvas in a range of sizes. It would be wonderful to have these...

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The First Green Alliance Sustainability Fair is this Saturday!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

The First Green Alliance Sustainability Fair is this Saturday!

If you’re in Southeastern Wisconsin this weekend and interested in learning more about environmental sustainability, I hope you’ll stop by this event to check out the exhibits, presentations, guided hikes, even the rock climbing wall and drum circles. The Sustainability Fair has been more than a year in the making–and as part of the planning team behind it, I sometimes wonder if we only got so far because we didn’t stop to think about the scale of what we were creating!...

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