I am the author of the Henry Wood Detective series. The first book is available on Kindle, Nook, and in Print. Book two is in the editing phase, book 3 is waiting patiently, and book for is being written with reckless abandon.
@BobtheHouse1303 @ExtremelyAvg Bob is cool and seems like a friendly house.Will he ever get a friend, possibly a cute little duplex named Suzy?
1 week, 2 days ago on Creative Marketing by Bob the House
That's amazing. I love creating thinking and humor. It seems you did well on both accounts with Bob the House.I hope you have a long and prosperous future with Bob.
@JoeFromHIO That's a good idea. I'll look into figuring out how to display the date.
1 week, 6 days ago on Hard Work But Fun
@kweinert Those are good. I really enjoyed "Wilson" it made me laugh. Nice Tom Hanks reference.The leader right now is Spydee Bot. It was left on my author page on FB.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Robot Spider
@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg I have a lot of imaginary friends. They're the one's with the ideas.
4 weeks ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Shonali Burke
@jasonkonopinski I think your point is Gini didn't ask enough questions and we would all like another couple thousand words. I agree.
I love it...I love it...I love it.Shonali is a cup of awesome soup and now everybody knows it!
It is because of the encouragement of Gini and Shanoli that I became a novelist. I finished my ninth on Monday night this past week.Thanks for making me want to write.
@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 month, 2 weeks ago on Word Count Goals are Important
@kweinert Yes, I believe it is.
It was time. My entire life is about creating more novels. I needed to stop hedging.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on A Bio Update
@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 months ago on 2015 Business Goals
@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.
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.
@MrsPickle_ I"ve written 1071 more words for KH since the post last night. I'm on a roll.
2 months ago on The Next Novel
@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.
3 months ago on Cool Life Hack
@tomstronach I was pretty pleased with my maneuvering. Thanks for stopping in my friend.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ssshhh…It’s a Secret
@Danny Brown Two points for "nerf herder". It made me giggle.
4 months ago on How to Find the Right Content Distribution
@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". :-)
@WWcopywrite There is something to be said for saying you're sorry. If for no other reason because it makes one feel better.
4 months ago on A Ghoulish PR Crisis Just for Halloween
@ExtremelyAvg @AOBOBlogPodcast @ginidietrichOkay, 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*
@EdenSpodek Thanks so much. Sharing my story helps a bunch, especially with all the supportive comments I've been receiving. :-)
@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.
@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.
@ML_Banner I appreciate the vote of confidence. It really does help. :-)
@belllindsay People are still buying my book and leaving nice reviews, so I've survived.
@ClayMorgan I love Bookbub, too. :-)
@NancyMyrland Thanks so much for the encouragement. I'm continuing to write and there WILL be more books published.
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.
4 months, 1 week ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Susan Cellura
@belllindsay @ginidietrich @Howie Goldfarb What about an eleven foot pole?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The NFL is Missing the Cardinal Rule of Crisis Management
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.
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.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Happy Birthday, Spin Sucks!
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
6 months ago on Read a Book Day is September 6
@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.
6 months ago on Why We Shouldn’t Confuse Real Time Marketing with Data Driven Marketing
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.
@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.
6 months, 1 week ago on Worst Day Ever
@jeannettepaladino I'll take em!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on One Day At A Time
@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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Worst Day Ever
@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.
@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
@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. :-)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Underwood, Scotch, and Wry…Now Available for Kindle
@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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Introducing My Router Table
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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Newsjacking Gone Wrong: Four Simple Rules to Heed
It's been a long time since we've had a good old fashioned Blog Jacking. :-) How has everyone been? I've missed you.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Team Blog Jack #TBJ: Vote on the new LOGO design!
@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.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Seeking Your Opinion
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?
7 months, 1 week ago on Weird Al Teaches PR Pros a Thing or Two
I've never heard of Gumroads before this post. I'm definitely going to check it out.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on MORE ON DIRECT SALES
@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg @annelizhannan Whenever I hear the name Tiffany I think of the one hit wonder by the same name.
7 months ago on Gin and Topics: Babies Singing and Puppies Snuggling
I like how the baby just flashes a smile and makes it so much worse for the little girl.
@ginidietrich @annelizhannan The unicorn part and the tranny part were my favorites.
@jeannettepaladino Darn, sure, I'll send it to you as a PDF
7 months, 1 week ago on Uploading to Kindle Devices and Apps
@ginidietrich @ExtremelyAvg Yep. :-) I love my life. I just signed my first Spanish translation deal yesterday for Henry Wood Detective Agency.