Merch Store Opened!

Merch Store Opened!

After acquiring stock of merch in the form of Cyclone stickers and King Magnets, I’ve decided to open up a little Square Online Store. I believe I’ve set it up OK for this super…light-weight usage. I will need to change things if I get a ton of orders/weird ones, but this is just to start. Feedback much appreciated. Here’s the link to it (also in the top nav).

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🗓 23 Feb 2020
📁 Media

Sticker Mule Magnetic Milestone: King Fla'neiel

Sticker Mule Magnetic Milestone: King Fla'neiel

This is the third part in my Sticker Mule adventure. The third act twist comes as the latest products I have ordered are not stickers, but…magnets. Magnets of How to Stop Wildfire’s first character, the first introduced character ever in the series: King Fla’neiel! The artwork I did of King that was to be made as magnets was of his helmet in a sea of black with dual lightning bolts as the sides. More abstract than the stickers of Spellbinder...

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🗓 14 Jan 2020
📁 Media

Sticker Mule Shock and Awe: Spellbinder

Sticker Mule Shock and Awe: Spellbinder

As explained in my first Sticker Mule post, I’ve been dabbling with Sticker Mule. The first batch were die cut stickers of Cyclone. I was impressed with the results. And before I had even received them, I had ordered rectangular sticker sheets of Spellbinder stickers to see the difference between the sticker types. I chose Spellbinder for the rectangular sticker sheets as her form and dimensions seemed to best fit the format. But did the format/product fit her…? Well, I...

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🗓 15 Dec 2019
📁 Media

Sticker Mule Shock and Awe: Cyclone

Sticker Mule Shock and Awe: Cyclone

Okay, so after setting up Patreon, I was thinking about the idea of Special Offers and then I saw that one of the Special Offers template was for Custom Stickers…and I sort of lost it from there. Stickers! STICKERS! STICKERS! I couldn’t resist getting any if only for my own gratification. To see my characters in sticker form? How could I not want that? The website/sticker maker that I found that perked my interest and eventually sold me on their...

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🗓 08 Dec 2019
📁 Media

Patreon Opened UP!

Patreon Opened UP!

I’ve setup a Patreon! If you don’t know, Patreon is a way to support creators by subscribing to them. I’ve been intrigued with it for awhile. I don’t expect much to come from it, but hey, since it’s easy, I’ve made one. The only tier right now is $1/month. I’m debating on adding more tiers with some benefits to force me to do stuff, but I’ll wait until I get some interest before diving in further. So no patron-only content…same...

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🗓 26 Nov 2019
📁 Updates

Starting a Newsletter!

Starting a Newsletter!

If you have been paying attention you will have noticed that on the sidebar I have added a newsletter widget. That's right: I'm making a newsletter. I already have some ideas for it. Blog highlights, release details. Exclusive stuff. I'm not going to list it all: that is going to be in the inaugural issue of my new newsletter. I'll be launching it after I get a good batch of subscribers. Sign up and join the fun!

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🗓 21 Jul 2015
📁 Publishing

A More Visual Approach to Book Marketing

A More Visual Approach to Book Marketing

Book marketing is probably the most draining aspect of being a self-published author. Writing the book wasn't enough. Now you have to convince everyone else to bother reading it. Yay. I really hate marketing. It feels hollow and dishonest. But you know what feeling is worse? No one reading your book. Which, in this era of the book market being extremely oversaturated and increasingly so, is a real possibility. A serious one that you should consider. My life... So we,...

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🗓 19 Jul 2015
📁 Publishing

On KDP Free Promotions

On KDP Free Promotions

I enrolled How to Stop Wildfire in KDP Select basically when I first published it. This means that it is Kindle-exclusive and that I get special 'perks.' Like higher royalty rates in certain countries and promotion offers. The promo offers have two flavors: free and sale. Both can be max five days per 90day enrollment period, but you can only choose one per period. Kind of annoying, but whatever, there it is. For May 4th - May 6th I decided...

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🗓 07 May 2015
📁 Publishing

The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

The Woes of Createspace and Formatting

I said I was getting back to editing/writing the second book. That lasted a grand total of two days. I was wooed by the prospect of creating PRINT versions of How to Stop Wildfire through Createspace. Having a physical copy...just sounds too good. So being the type of person I am I delved into the world. The interface is simple enough. What to do with it is much trickier. Unlike the realm of ebooks, where conversion is easy and you...

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🗓 30 Apr 2015
📁 Publishing

Thought on marketing...

Thought on marketing...

Marketing is slightly creepy. The point of it marketing is to inform you so you can do something. Persuasion and thought-alteration on a mass level. I don't know why but it bothers me on an idealistic level. On a superficial level I completely understand it. It is necessary to get something out. I am having to do it now to spread How to Stop Wildfire and get people to read it. Does not mean I still don't find it slightly...unnerving....

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🗓 24 Apr 2015
📁 Publishing

On Book Pricing

On Book Pricing

Pricing. How much does a book cost? Or, how much is How to Stop Wildfire worth? This is a question I spent about 15 minutes on some serious time thinking about. The answer I came up with is $2.99...but with an asterisk and clauses and so on. First off: Why $2.99? Sarah, I thought you were a believer in openness and that you weren't really doing this for the money. I thought you wanted people to read it. Not throw...

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🗓 19 Apr 2015
📁 Publishing