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

11 hours, 10 minutes 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.

3 days, 7 hours 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. :-)

4 days, 9 hours 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.

4 days, 18 hours 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 days, 5 hours ago on Gini Dietrich’s Staff Call Her Baby Ugly

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@KimberlyLokke I'm pretty sure bumper stickers can solve most problems.

6 days, 20 hours ago on An Open Letter To Ricky Gervais

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@kweinert I honestly don't know, but I like the picture it paints, too. :-)

1 week ago on Back to Work on Editing

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@tomstronach Have you seen his video where he's doing the voice for a talking guinea pig though?

1 week, 1 day ago on An Open Letter To Ricky Gervais

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@gilgrass Could you send me an email at EcocandleRiel@gmail.com, please? I'd love to have Spanish versions.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Looking for Translators

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What a great piece. You'll definitely be able to use that in your next book.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on PR Metrics: What to Measure in the PESO Model

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@kweinert Thanks! I hope you enjoy them. :-)

3 weeks ago on New Release!!! Henry Wood: Edge of Understanding

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@kweinert That was one of the episodes I watched last night. It was better than I remembered (And I remembered it being awesome).

It's great to see you. Thanks for the comment. :-)

1 month ago on Editing Groove

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@TerriReads I'm glad you found the post helpful.

The wonderful think about learning how to publish a book on one's own is that it is a helpful skill to have. If you and your son go through the process together, you will both be able to publish for the rest of your lives.

Starting out now with your son's short stories is a great idea. If people like his writing it could be the start of a lifelong career doing something that is quite fun.

Thanks for the review on Time & Again. I appreciate every single review and the more one gets, the more it helps to convince other people to give a book a try. (They're also important in convincing advertising venues to accept one's ads.)


If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask, as I'm always happy to help.

1 month, 1 week ago on Publishing Isn’t So Hard

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@TheGeekyPress @ExtremelyAvg I just saw your email a little while ago. I've been engrossed in the World Cup, U.S. Open and The NBA Finals. I'd love to be interviewed.


I'm a big fan of G+. I started using them the second day they came out of beta and have thought it was a superior platform to some of the others. I'm fairly active in the Writers Discussion Group on G+.


I better get back to the NBA. The second half will be starting shortly. I love sports!

1 month, 1 week ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@TheGeekyPress I'm glad you enjoyed my adventure.


I'm curious, how did you run across the post?


Oh and to answer your question, I'm not familiar with Scratch Magazine or Jane Friedman, but I'll look it up.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@MrsPickle_ Thanks. I appreciate the good vibes you're sending my way.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on I Was Wrong

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Congrats on the exciting new position. It sounds like a fun new job.

2 months ago on Change is in the Air at Inkling Media

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@ShawnInmon  Thanks. It may not have been what I had hoped for, but one can't complain about 1100 new readers in one day.

It looks like you did well, too. Congrats on your unadvertised free day.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@ShawnInmon  Yes, I'm surprised by Nook. It will be interesting to see what happens from here with HWDA being ranked on the first page of the Top 100. How much value is there in that?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@Anthony Russo  Stupid mid-town grain elevator!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@Anthony Russo I do appreciate it. I was just noticing that I may achieve a personal best in an area I hadn't thought about before, words in a day. I once managed 5,000 and I'm already up to 2648 with this blog post.

I learned something which I'll be covering in the next update. It seems that the sales dashboard report (the one with the graph) is more current than the Month-To-Date.

I've read of people saying they didn't match and it took a while for the MTD to catch up. Currently, there is about a 300 sales gap between the two.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@ShawnInmon  In all of my promotions I've noticed those hours are about twice as good as during the day.

I'm hoping some Moms have been out celebrating their day and will want to curl up with a good mystery this evening.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@Anthony Russo  It's really boggling my mind. Again, I'm thinking that it's a reporting issue with Amazon and they'll pass Nook up between now and 5:00, but maybe there were a lot of Moms who got Nooks for Mother's day.

Or it may be the added speed with which B&N ranked HWDA that has gotten it extra exposure. Amazon just updated it's ranking and finally HWDA is 1570. I expect the next ranking (In three hours or so) to be much better.

Oh, and thanks for leaving a comment. It's nice to know some people are reading along with me.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@ShawnInmon If I did that would get me really close to my goal. Thanks for the support and leaving a comment. It made me really happy.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Race For the New York Times List

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@kweinert  Thanks for taking the time to vote. I appreciate all feedback, though I think we're done tweaking. Eventually one needs to consider the project finished.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Cover Designs

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@rgdaniel You are right about tweaking something over and over. That's why I've decided to limit it to these two choices. The realities are that one can't create a cover that garners 100% approval.

That being said, I think Aaron did a nice job and this cover will certainly catch a few eyeballs.

Thanks for taking the time to vote. Currently, including other spots where I posted the questions, the tally is 6 - 1 for A.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Cover Designs

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@tomstronach  Thanks. I'm going again today. :-)

3 months ago on Ball Machines Don’t Impress Easily

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@JoeCardillo @ginidietrich  I'm curious, Joe, how does your nephew consume books? Print or ebook? How old is he?

3 months, 1 week ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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I never knew that some people think reading fiction is a waste of time. It made me a little sad when you said it was okay to "get away" with reading fiction.

It doesn't make me as sad as a stat I once read. 53% of adults NEVER read another book after they complete their schooling. It didn't matter what level of education they attained, either. I have a friend who not only says, "I don't read", but does so with pride.

Books are awesome!

3 months, 1 week ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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I look forward to seeing what comes next. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Why You Might Want to Unsubscribe From This Blog

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@tomstronach Thanks Tom. I think a birthday wish will help a bunch.

3 months, 1 week ago on Wish Power

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@tomstronach  I will do my best and be sure to report back. Look for the post Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning across the pond.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on My First Speaking Engagement

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@Danny Brown @ExtremelyAvg  LOL...you went over to my blog. And yes, it did. I've done very little that was productive in the book business this week. I decided I wanted to take a week and just throw myself into getting back into shape.

It will take a long time to succeed in this endeavor, but now that I'm past the first few painful days, I think it will be easy to make it a part of my routine.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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Yeah, I still just hit publish. Of course, nobody reads my blog, so maybe I'm doing it wrong.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Remember When We Just Hit Publish?

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@only4reading  Thanks for taking the time to find my site and leave a comment. I don't usually hear from the people who find me through Bookbub, so this is sort of awesome.

I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Go Team

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@dinodogan I'm posing the question as an author with 5 novels (and 4 more coming in 2014). As your app distribution grows, this could be a valuable area for you to consider marketing to us authors. I have some ideas if you're interested in discussing it.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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Dino,

   Will you only be offering audio books?

   Will you be only offering books that are free?


Brian


3 months, 3 weeks ago on I’m Starting My Own Oprah’s Book Club Inside my App. The First Book Selection is…

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I've been waiting to read this post. I knew you would eventually share you experiences from that first night. It was worth the wait. Well done on facing your fears, nice job on a solid first set, and two points for getting laughs.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Sometimes I Have Good Ideas — Others, I Have Two Ex-Husbands

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@tomstronach Thanks Tom. I'm also really pleased with the pretty 530 number I made. :-)

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Go Team

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@tomstronach The whole night was full of strange places and happenings. I guess my mind, being a bit under the weather, decided to goof around some.

4 months ago on Vivid Dreams

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@perfent Thanks so much. Time & Again is my favorite of the three out thus far, though my mother is post partial to Perception. The first book is special to me because, well, it's my first novel.

I'm a little under the weather today, but hopefully I can get through the comments from my editor on book 4 soon, so I can get it out, as it sounds like you're cruising.


Thanks for stopping in and saying hello.

4 months ago on About the independent eBook writer

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@tomstronach @ExtremelyAvgI got bored, too. The last semester was mostly me playing speed chess in the Student Union and NOT studying.

4 months ago on Mediocre Blog Post

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@tomstronach @ExtremelyAvg LOL...Yes, ISU = Iowa State University, which is where my father was a professor and I graduated with an economics degree. They're playing basketball.

4 months ago on Mediocre Blog Post

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@tomstronach I did have a good day. And today, ISU is playing in the sweet sixteen tonight. I"m excited.

4 months ago on Mediocre Blog Post

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@gscottoliver  I didn't realize 59 was good. Thanks! All I know, it was good enough to earn me the Perk of sitcom laughter.

4 months, 1 week ago on Klout You’re Alright…My Apologies For My Previous Mocking

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A good story always brightens my day. This was such a story. Thanks for sharing it.

4 months, 1 week ago on Simple. Like This.

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@tomstronach  Nope, it doesn't at all. Every sale makes me happy.

4 months, 1 week ago on Watching The Rankings on Amazon

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@ebookdaily  That's awesome. Thanks so much.

I just went and signed up for your site. I hope your readers enjoy my book.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sometimes Bad Days Help

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@tomstronach  I'm at 1471 downloads now. It's going pretty well as of 4:15 am. Off to bed.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Sometimes Bad Days Help

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@tomstronach Yes, yes it does!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on It Was Worth A Try

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