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Starlord - issue 21

Starlord - issue 21

I am currently indulging in a bout of nostalgia with an old comic book from my childhood, a comic called Starlord. This post is about issue number 21, which came out 30 September 1978, and it’s great. You can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. Issue 21 has a great cover, but it is another random one. It doesn’t relate to any of the stories inside the comic.

Merch

Merch

I have just started selling merch, such as mugs with the cover of my sci-fi books on them. I’m doing this to support my life as an author, of course, but also to give fans a way of owning a little bit more of my books and characters. I can’t print the images on mugs myself so I needed a platform to do all that for me. There are a huge number of these merch printers out there, but I decided to go through Society 6, because they have a clean and pleasant interface to search through when looking for nice things to buy.

Starlord - issue 20

Starlord - issue 20

I am currently going back in time to look again at an old comic book from my childhood, a comic called Starlord. This is issue number 20, which came out 23rd September 1978, and I’m enjoying reading these old comics again. You can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. This issue has what I think is one of the best images to grace the cover during the comic’s entire run.

Top 10 Robots

Top 10 Robots

Before I started counting down my top ten robots ever, I needed to establish some ground rules. Without ground rules the number of possible robots was just too many to come up with a top ten. After a little filtering, according to a few self-imposed criteria, the task of coming up with a top ten became much more manageable, but it means some of the robots you might expect to figure in the list have been excluded.

End of Year Promotion

End of Year Promotion

I’m taking part in an Xmas promotion at Smashwords, so all my books are at 25% off. Smashwords is an ebook distribution platform based in Los Gatos, California, founded in 2008 by Mark Coker for independent authors and publishers. It was the first platform I ever uploaded one of my ebooks to, and I am still with them, years later. The company was started by a former Silicon Valley publicist with the lofty goal of using technology to democratize publishing, allowing writers to appeal directly to readers without having to deal with gatekeepers such as agents and editors.

Starlord - issue 19

Starlord - issue 19

I am currently rereading an old comic book from my childhood called Starlord. I started in this previous post with issue one of the comic, which came out on the 13 of May 1978. This is the nineteenth issue, which came out on the 16 September, 1978, and I’m enjoying reading it all these years later. And you can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.

Ebook Discoverability

Ebook Discoverability

A couple of days ago, the book aggregator that distributes my books to Kobo, iBooks and Amazon, among other places, sent me an email. They are called Draft2Digital, and I use them for the vast bulk of my ebook distribution. They were writing to keep me in the loop about future strategy. I’m sure it wasn’t just me they were writing to, of course. This was undoubtedly an automatic email sent to every single one of the people whose ebooks they are distributing, but it is interesting.

Starlord - issue 18

Starlord - issue 18

Regular visitors to this site will know that I am currently rereading an old comic book from my childhood that went by the name of Starlord. This is the eighteenth installment in this series of posts, and I’m planning for there to be many more to come. You can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. Starlord is great, especially considering how long ago it was published, but not every single issue was perfect, and this is one of the ones that didn’t quite capture the magic as well as many of the others.

Promoting Ebooks - to-do list

Promoting Ebooks - to-do list

A good post about promoting self-published books was just passed on to me, and I think it is one of the more useful of the large number of such posts that are out there. The post is an article that contains a list of thirty pieces of advice, but I am not going to go into all thirty of them, just the ones that jumped out at me. The number one piece of advice is to set up an author website, and I could not agree more.

Starlord - issue 17

Starlord - issue 17

Regular visitors to this site will know that I am currently rereading an old comic book from my childhood that went by the name of Starlord. And you can read this vintage comic book too, because scans of the entire run of the comic are available at Starlordcomic.com. The second of September 1978 issue of Starlord has a cover I remember liking very much, and it still looks pretty good today.