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@kweinert Yes, when I wrote the post last night the only person who had clicked on the stars for ratings was me and I didn't care for the versions that were put on print books, so that's why I rated them lower.

I've noted your preference for #116 & #119. Thanks for helping.

1 week, 3 days ago on Word Count Goals are Important

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@kweinert Yes, I believe it is.


It was time. My entire life is about creating more novels. I needed to stop hedging.

2 weeks ago on A Bio Update

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@ginidietrich You might look at my goals and call them tasks.


When you're a one man shop they are sort of the same.


Still, the point is that I've got them all down in one place and I'm attacking them like an angry badger.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015 Business Goals

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@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg They are spread throughout the year. Some of the only take a few days to complete some of them will take 30 days.


If I get all my goals accomplished, I'll be in fine shape for 2016.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on 2015 Business Goals

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I sort of felt that 2014 was a year where i let myself down.


All my book metrics were up, way up, from 2013. I doubled my net revenue. I published two more novels, bringing my total to seven, and got a bunch done on five WIPS.


Still, I goofed around a bunch.


2015 is going to rock. I realized in '14 that a big part of the reason I was less productive than I wanted to be was that I didn't have a clear plan of what to work on.


In the final days of December I built that plan. I have 27 concrete goals that have allowed me to stay productive and keep to my writing schedule. I plan on penning 500,000 words this year, which should be eight novels.


Last year I had my first book in the Henry Wood series translated into Spanish and an English Audio version made. I've already signed a contract for the Italian version of my thriller and am reviewing auditions for the Underwood, Scotch, and Wry audio book.  If I can get half a dozen foreign language books out and another six audio versions, that will go a long ways towards improving my revenue base.


The key is I have it all written down in an App (Aspire Goals) and I track my writing progress through another called (Goal Streak).


It's amazing how much of a difference that makes.


Yesterday, feeling sick with the flu and completely uninterested in anything, I still managed to write 2,123 words. The accountability of those apps makes me try harder and when your a one man shop, that is huge.


Good Luck with your goals.


I'd love to read a post each quarter that gives an update on how you're doing.

3 weeks ago on 2015 Business Goals

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@MrsPickle_ I"ve written 1071 more words for KH since the post last night. I'm on a roll.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Next Novel

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@kweinert I've been resting it. We'll see how it feels tonight when I play my doubles league. I think I might need to just take a couple of weeks off without tennis, which would be hard.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Cool Life Hack

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@tomstronach I was pretty pleased with my maneuvering. Thanks for stopping in my friend.

2 months, 1 week ago on Ssshhh…It’s a Secret

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@Danny Brown Two points for "nerf herder". It made me giggle.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on How to Find the Right Content Distribution

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@ginidietrich @biggreenpen I remember a post or discussion a few years ago about tweeting without reading. Sometimes I did that, but after the discussion, I decided not to do it anymore.

Tweeting without reading now feels like cheating to me. If one thinks their followers should read something, doesn't it behoove one to read it themselves?

Oh yes, I used "behoove". :-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on How to Find the Right Content Distribution

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@WWcopywrite There is something to be said for saying you're sorry. If for no other reason because it makes one feel better.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@ExtremelyAvg @AOBOBlogPodcast @ginidietrich

Okay, this is weird. I responded on Twitter and the tweet popped back into the Spin Sucks comments.

Now I'm afraid to use Twitter for fear of spamming my own guest post. *sigh*

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@EdenSpodek Thanks so much. Sharing my story helps a bunch, especially with all the supportive comments I've been receiving. :-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@annelizhannan Thanks so much. It was a rough day, but it wasn't as bad a day as many have every day of their lives. I'm thankful for what I have and what doesn't kill us does truly make us stronger.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@biggreenpen I do like telling stories. If you do a search on Spin Sucks for my name you'll see a number of posts where I tell stories and they are much more uplifting. My favorite is the Fake Hash Taggery post. I think you'll enjoy it.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@ML_Banner I appreciate the vote of confidence. It really does help. :-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@belllindsay People are still buying my book and leaving nice reviews, so I've survived.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@ClayMorgan I love Bookbub, too. :-)

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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@NancyMyrland Thanks so much for the encouragement. I'm continuing to write and there WILL be more books published.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween

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I really liked the answer to the Spin Sucks question. I think she nailed it when she said that people weren't doing their best. Excuses are easier than execution.

3 months ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Susan Cellura

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They need to hire your firm.

I love football, but the recent events, and the not so recent ones cause me such pain deep down in my football soul.


It isn't just the terrible abuse stories of the last week, but the horrific tales of what life is like after the NFL for our heroes that has sucked much of the joy out of the game for me.

I still watch, for now, but the day may come that I won't.


Tennis is fun, so maybe I'll stick to watching that.

4 months, 1 week ago on The NFL is Missing the Cardinal Rule of Crisis Management

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You've created a wonderful place for people to hang out and discuss important topics. It's much more than a blog, it's a community. I'm proud to be a part.

Happy Birthday Spin Sucks.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!

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1) Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (All 5 books in the Trilogy) - Douglas Adams

2) Fathers and Sons - Turgnev

 3) A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

 4) Candide - Voltaire

 5) The Beam - Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
 6) Snowcrash - Neal Stephenson (From Ames High School...go Little Cyclones!)

 7) Harry Potter series

 8) To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

 9) The Goal - Eli Goldratt

 10) In Search of Excellence - Tom Peters

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Read a Book Day is September 6

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@Danny Brown @ExtremelyAvg I was thinking more in terms of Underwood, Scotch, and Wry, because its subject matter is social media, but you're probably right.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why We Shouldn’t Confuse Real Time Marketing with Data Driven Marketing

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I really enjoyed your bakery story. I would imagine that to do real-time marketing well, one needs to be completely immersed in what is being done well (and poorly) to truly have a feel for when to pull the trigger.

I'm sure it could be done with a novel, but I'm equally sure that I don't have the experience to do it for one of mine.

That being said, I bet if I made an effort to follow stories like the Oreo one more closely, I might develop the sense needed to come up with something clever.

Regardless, it was a fun post to read. I love clever marketing.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Why We Shouldn’t Confuse Real Time Marketing with Data Driven Marketing

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@ColyMoore I'm pleased you've taken the time to write a review for Amazon (and here!).


Before yesterday I hadn't thought about a sequel, but someone else posed the same question. I think a good title for the follow-up might be Underwood, Scotch, and Cry.

I've already begun to sort out some of the details in my head. If people continue to enjoy US&W, then I will definitely give Arthur another adventure.

5 months ago on Worst Day Ever

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@jeannettepaladino I'll take em!

5 months ago on One Day At A Time

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@Linda Weyand Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed Underwood, Scotch, and Wry. I still feel terrible about the mix-up, but it's nice to know you enjoyed the book.

 Would you mind leaving a review on Amazon on Underwood, Scotch, and Wry? I've been getting a bunch of nice reviews, but unfortunately people have been leaving them on Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding (About US&W), which doesn't help and I'm sure will cause future confusion.

Regardless, I appreciate you leaving a comment on the blog.

5 months ago on Worst Day Ever

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@Cindy Cockerham I'm so pleased you enjoyed the book. Amazon has assured me they will be pushing the correct book out so you can also read Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding.

Would you mind leaving a review on Amazon for Underwood, Scotch, and Wry? It would be nice to salvage something out of this debacle.

5 months, 1 week ago on Worst Day Ever

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@KayMartinSchott That's very kind of you to say. I still feel terrible about the mix-up, but if you send me an email I'll be able to send you Edge of Understanding.

Thanks,

Brian

5 months, 1 week ago on Worst Day Ever

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@jeannettepaladino That's what I thought. I'm sure people will like the book once they read it, so it doesn't matter how I get them to take a look. :-)

5 months, 1 week ago on Underwood, Scotch, and Wry…Now Available for Kindle

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@Jeppedy I'm so very sorry. I'm afraid I don't remember. It's been years since I did this project and I've been away from woodworking for a while.

The blog about woodworking led to me writing a few mystery novels, then I added some other books, and yesterday I just released my 7th novel.

I've been all about writing and not woodworking for a couple of years.

I'm sorry I don't remember.

5 months, 1 week ago on Introducing My Router Table

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Those are some great lessons for newsjacking and life in general. One should avoid many pitfalls in life if they practice the first two on your list.


5 months, 1 week ago on Newsjacking Gone Wrong: Four Simple Rules to Heed

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It's been a long time since we've had a good old fashioned Blog Jacking. :-) How has everyone been? I've missed you.

5 months, 1 week ago on Team Blog Jack #TBJ: Vote on the new LOGO design!

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@KDillabough Could you email me your rate per finished hour to EcocandleRiel@gmail.com, please. I have lots of books and I've been thinking a woman's voice for Secret Doors: The Challenge would be perfect.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Seeking Your Opinion

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I knew about the eight songs in eight days from Twitter. I saw everyone talking about it and I even shared "Word Crimes" a few times, but I had no idea the marketing genius behind all of this.

I do have a question about the second part of the post. You wrote, "He partnered with a high-authority site to write interesting and educational content that provided the very valuable linkback to his site."

I thought most sites used "No Follow" on their links so as not to give SEO credit to other sites. Did he negotiate that they wouldn't do this?

6 months ago on Weird Al Teaches PR Pros a Thing or Two

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I've never heard of Gumroads before this post. I'm definitely going to check it out.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on MORE ON DIRECT SALES

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@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg @annelizhannan Whenever I hear the name Tiffany I think of the one hit wonder by the same name.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Babies Singing and Puppies Snuggling

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I like how the baby just flashes a smile and makes it so much worse for the little girl.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Babies Singing and Puppies Snuggling

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@ginidietrich @annelizhannan The unicorn part and the tranny part were my favorites.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Gin and Topics: Babies Singing and Puppies Snuggling

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@jeannettepaladino Darn, sure, I'll send it to you as a PDF

5 months, 4 weeks ago on Uploading to Kindle Devices and Apps

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@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg Yep. :-) I love my life. I just signed my first Spanish translation deal yesterday for Henry Wood Detective Agency.

6 months ago on Weird Al Teaches PR Pros a Thing or Two

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@Josh Williams @ClayMorgan Josh you make a great point. I think the establishment in Movies, Music, and Books, are in trouble because they can't see the forest for the trees.

Hulu is producing some of my favorite shows. Traditional publishing is becoming the new "Vanity Publishing".

Weird Al can afford to do everything himself, so why not keep all the profits?

6 months ago on Weird Al Teaches PR Pros a Thing or Two

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@JoeFromHIO Joe, just send me an email at EcocandleRiel@gmail.com and I'll put you on the team.

6 months ago on Ready for Team Beta Readers

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@kweinert Awesome! Thanks. I'm adding you to the list.

6 months ago on Beta Readers Wanted…

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An excellent post.

I've always been a fan of positive self-talk. For as long as I can remember I've been telling myself I can do anything and it helps me do things I previously thought were impossible. I can't imagine writing a novel. I've written seven, but I've never thought in terms of banging out 50 - 100K words. I tell myself I can write the next 1000 words and I know I can, so I do!

About this time last year I stopped using soft words when I described where I plan on going with my books. I put away the comment "If I ever make the New York Times list" and took out, "When I make the New York Times list," because I realized the writing is well liked and achieving that list is only about perseverance and patience. It's a numbers game so as long as I keep working and building my readership, I can't fail. At some point there are just too many people who want the next Brian D. Meeks novel to keep me from my goal.

I've been following your new passion for comedy, acting, and voice work (well, it seems new, but maybe you've always wanted to do it), but the point is you're doing it now! You're having success. You wanted it and are making comedy, acting and voice work happen. No hedging no maybes...that's inspiring. (not a complete sentence, I don't care)

I think hedgehogs are a giant plate of awesomeness with a side of adorable. This post definitely needed more hedgehog pictures (zero is just too darn few).

Keep up the good work. Success for one makes it seem more attainable for all.

6 months ago on I Don’t Think You Should Click This Post. At Least, I’m Pretty Sure. Kinda.

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@kweinert I thought I was being clever. :-)

6 months ago on Healing For A Couple Days

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@StephanieBerget You asked this question back on April 27, 2013. At the time I had no idea. I've just reread it and decided that it will be a new serial. I'll be switching from first to third person, because, well, nobody wants to read first person. Other than that this will be how the story opens.

6 months ago on The Happy Friday Series: Five Seconds And Happy

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I really enjoyed this post, but the awesomeness that is the Arment Dietrich culture doesn't surprise me at all. Well done, all.

6 months, 1 week ago on Gini Dietrich’s Staff Call Her Baby Ugly

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