August 2017

“The Road Home” Audiobook is up on Audible!

August 4, 2017 // 0 Comments Barring divine intervention (which could only manifest in the form of several thousand angels each purchasing a full price copy, not a Whispersync add-on), this will be my last audiobook 🙂 I’ve sold a total of 83 audiobooks in ACX since June 1, and pretty much every sale through AuthorsRepublic has been a $1 royalty on a Whispersync add-on. So, given narrating, editing and producing times, I’m making less than minimum wage on these. But, I learned a lot. And I tried! And you know, my voice is like my writing, you either like it or you don’t. Oh yeah. I’m actually writing Game Theory! So far in the first few chapters there’s already been a spectacular train crash and a massive wind turbine explosion. Blowin’ shit up is [MORE]

The humor piece that The New Yorker gave an “Evident Merit” rejection!

August 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Why not, right? See for yourself. As noted earlier, The New Yorker recently sent me a rejection letter, declining the piece “despite its evident merit.” Which is a pretty good rejection from them! By the time I got the rejection letter, three months had passed and Bill Gates’ comment was no longer newsworthy… that’ll teach me to submit newsworthy humor, eh? Enjoy!   Welcome to RoboTax 2016! By Brad Vance   According to Bill Gates, if a robot is going to do a human’s job, it should also pay a person’s income taxes. –   Hello! And welcome to RoboTax 2016! Let’s get started on your 1040-R! We’ve automatically entered your personal information from your IP address. Now we’ll ask you a few questions. Were you first put in service at this location in 2016? If so, enter your activation date. Thanks! Please fill in the number of human jobs you replaced. If you don’t know this number, you can take the Standard [MORE]

Amazon’s “Improved Improving Improvement” to KU, NO notice, NO explanation

August 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Just another Bezosteroid crashing into my inbox… THIS is why I can’t make a living. Because Amazon not only changes the rules with no notice… they don’t tell you what rule they changed. “Today we are releasing our next iteration of Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count – KENPC V3.0. This release makes a number of improvements to how we determine the length of books relative to one another and how we measure pages read. We expect payouts to the vast majority of authors to be largely unchanged as a result of these updates. In addition, we will pay at least $18 Million from the KDP Select Global Fund in July. We are constantly working to improve our programs and increase the fairness of how we allocate the KDP Select Global Fund. Our goal remains to build a service that rewards authors for their work while continuing to attract more readers and encouraging them to read more and more often. As always, we welcome feedback and ideas about how we can improve [MORE]