Thursday, October 3, 2013

ABOUT MY PUBLISHED BOOKS

Several people have asked about where to get my books. The Wiz series is still in print from Baen Books in two combined editions and one stand-alone volume. The combined books are "The Wiz Biz" (containing the first two novels) and "The Wiz Biz 2" (containing the next two.) The fifth volume, "The Wizardy Quested" is also available from Baen Books.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Another possibile benefit of cataract surgery

I didn't realize how degraded my vision had become and how much it had affected my life. One thing I'm hoping is that I can get back to writing fiction. We'll see but I'm hopeful.

The joys of cataract surgery

I'm halfway through cataract surgery. Left eye done and right eye gets the treatment later this month.

It's like the place in the "Wizard of Oz" where the movie shifts from black and white to color. Colors are so much more vivid and things are a lot clearer even with one eye done. I can't wait to have the other eye done.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Oh God! Not Another Learning Experience!

One thing about this month, it's been educational. I'm learning about scanning internet domains, WordPress and several other things and I'm learning it the hard way.

The latest volley of folly concerns registering domains and setting up web pages and blogs. It's been a long, hard slog.

Right now I'm trying to deal with three domains I originally registered with JumpDomain. If you've never heard of JumpDomain consider yourself lucky. It was a shoestring operation in the midwest that outgrew its one-man operating style about 10 years ago. They kept adding customers but they didn't grow their staff. As a result their support and management operations were abysmal. You could never get emails returned -- and I mean never! -- and they never answered their phone. As long as you didn't need to contact them they were okay service-wise, but Jeez Louise! If you needed to talk to someone you were out of luck.

Due to a peculiarity in their billing system, I couldn't use their regular procedure to transfer these domains. I needed to talk to someone but of course I never could.
Since the domains were merely parked I didn't worry about it too much. The only domain I really cared about was thekeep.com because it was intended as my web site for my fiction.

Then JumpDomain went out of business in early 2010. Now there was a whole new complication in trying to get those domains back to host on GoDaddy, my current preferred ISP.

It turns out that JumpDomain was reselling domains from a company call Enom, which still existed. The domains had reverted to them and so I got to start the process over again. So I emailed Enom to try to get something going. At least I got a prompt response from them. So we'll see.

This is on top of stuff with scanning, WordPress, and getting various domains set up to my satisfaction. Very educational, but not soothing.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

What a week!

The next time I publish a book (later this summer, I hope)I'm going to schedule it better. "Shift Happens" came out at the end of the month. That's the time I'm under the most deadline pressure and releasing the book just added to the craziness.

As a result, some my articles were late and I've done a sloppy job on the release marketing. I'll have to do better next week.

Blogging

Had lunch today with Joseph McDaniel, long time friend and blogger extraordinaire. Boy did I learn a lot!

Joe is one of Arizona's leading bankruptcy attorneys and he blogs like a crazed animal to support his practice and for private projects like the Shotokan karate dojo where he holds a black belt. He has a keen analytical mind and he's applied it to carefully studying blogging and working out techniques and have boosted him to the top of the search engine lists.

Two of Joe's main techniques are targeting and consistency. Joe has several blogs with each one targeted at a different audience. This precise targeting helps him hold readers' interest and keeps them coming back. He assures they'll come back by giving them fresh,meaningful, content at least twice a week.

A lot of work? Yep, but it's paid off for him. He figures he gets about twice the daily visits by potential customers as most bankruptcy attorneys similarly situated. He also finds that people who come in often already know him from his blogs and he already has the beginnings of a positive relationship before they walk in the door.

We spent two hours talking -- mostly Joe talking and me listening. We covered a lot of ground and agreed to do it again soon. Next time I'll take better notes.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The URL for Shift Happens

Several people have asked me for the URL for "Shift Happens", so here it is.

http://www.amazon.com/SHIFT-HAPPENS-Publishing-Paradigm-ebook/product-reviews/B005CX94YI/ref=sr_cr_hist_5?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addFiveStar

I think you don't need any of the stuff after the word "ebook" but I don't have time to experiment now.