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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

6 hours, 29 minutes 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. :-)

1 day, 7 hours 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.

1 day, 8 hours 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.


1 day, 13 hours 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.

4 days, 9 hours 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.

6 days, 2 hours 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?

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

1 week, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 2 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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.

2 weeks, 3 days 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

2 weeks, 6 days 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.

3 weeks, 1 day 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?

3 weeks, 1 day 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.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ready for Team Beta Readers

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

3 weeks, 2 days 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 weeks, 5 days 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. :-)

3 weeks, 6 days 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.

3 weeks, 6 days 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.

4 weeks, 1 day 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.

4 weeks, 1 day 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 month 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 month 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.

1 month, 1 week 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.

1 month, 1 week ago on PR Metrics: What to Measure in the PESO Model

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

1 month, 2 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, 3 weeks 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.

2 months 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!

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months, 3 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, 3 weeks 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.

3 months, 1 week 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?

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

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@Anthony Russo  Stupid mid-town grain elevator!

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 1 week 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.

3 months, 2 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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on New Cover Designs

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

3 months, 4 weeks 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?

4 months 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!

4 months ago on Fiction Makes You a Better Storyteller and Content Producer

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I look forward to seeing what comes next. 

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 1 week 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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Go Team

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