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Worldcon 2013 Post-Mortem

I went to Worldcon this year for the first time. It was an experience. Hard to put into better words than that, especially since my brain is still reeling from so much input. Worldcon serves many purposes, most of which overlap to some degree: there are fannish (autographing, interviews, etc.), social (drinking and schmoozing), craft (panels, workshops, etc.), and industry (drinking and schmoozing again) related activities. There is no such thing as a “perfect” Worldcon schedule, and even after running around like crazy for four days there are plenty of things I wish I had done and people I wish I had met. I am also not the best in the world at partying, given my low alcohol tolerance (as in small amounts of alcohol give me a big hangover) and my self-consciousness at being un/self-published. But, I did meet some really cool folks, gained a few good insights about writing (especially the business side), and there were no major disasters either with travel or back at home while I was gone, so I’m going to count this one as a success.

Up next for me is finishing the first draft of Aetheria’s Daemon, at which point I will put it aside for a couple weeks, then look toward finishing another draft somewhere around mid-October. I also may have another Aetheria’s Daemon-related surprise coming for you soon. Until then, here are some pictures from the con to look at; probably not as many as I should have taken, but like I said, I was busy.

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How I Chose My Amazon Keywords

Note: super-wonky book marketing post coming, likely only of interest to independent authors or publishers. You were warned.

During the process of preparing The Reintegrators for publication, I did more research into things like keyword selection than I had with my previous, shorter works. Since the info on how to choose keywords online is somewhat fragmented/incomplete/not targeted toward authors, I thought I’d put together a little to what I did, so that others can benefit or tell me what they think I’m doing wrong.

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