Some of us are writers because because, for lack of a less self-aggrandizing term, we’re “artists,” meaning it often feels more like a curse or illness than a “gift.” Others write due to more practical impulses, in order to achieve commercial viability as well as creative fulfillment.
Meet Joe Clifford, who has become a hero to the indie lit community by hitting the big time on his own terms, in his own way - all while playing by the rules.
When it comes to crime fiction, the field of authors is as vast and diverse as the prison population itself. More so, probably.
Rapidly rising indie lit star Danny Gardner has been hailed as the 21st century incarnation of Chester Himes, and a peer to the likes of Walter Mosley. But pigeonholing any of these writers by their race is a rookie mistake. Their scope is much broader and their appeal much more universal, extending even outside the noir genre itself.
There are times when it makes sense to diversify and not put all of your eggs in one basket–when investing in the stock market, for example. But when it comes to workplace efficiency, it’s often worth letting automated systems manage multiple tasks using one convenient platform.
On April 13th,Business Insiderreported Instagram, the Facebook owned app, now has 200 million daily users engaging with its story feature. Snapchat (recently rebranded as Snap Inc.) currently boasts about 158 million users per day. The relentless cloning of Evan Spiegel’s creation seems to be paying off handsomely for the social media giant and the future of the disappearing chat app seems to be in question.
For the first few entries in this series of interviews with indie authors, I’ve only featured guys. Now it’s time to flip that sexually monotonous script.
Southern author Marietta Miles is equal parts Jack Ketchum and Flannery O’Connor, while maintaining her own unique literary identity, which can be either sweet or savage depending on whether she’s just being herself, or conveying complex emotions via the dark veil of her atmospherically correct fiction.
Let’s lift that veil and see what lurks beneath, together…
Ever heard of design thinking? It involves figuring out exactly what your stakeholders are looking for and generating a new and innovative solution that is specifically tailored to the their needs. Or in other words – it’s giving your target audience exactly what it wants, like you just ripped it straight out of their minds.
CEOs are typically known for the more traditional impact they have on the companies they lead: they set the tone for the organization through their strategic decisions - decisions that enable predictable and sustainable revenue, profit, and shareholder return growth.
However, these executives are becoming even more essential to their organizations in 2017.
When it comes to the enigmatic world of writers, advice will vary as much as inspiration and influences. Each is a unique individual, bonded by common goals and experiences, but distinguished by their own sensibilities and goals.
Bottom line: there is no single magic formula for literary success. Ultimately, it’s a crap shoot. All you can do is roll the dice with informed precision, backed up by dedicated talent.
Meet Greg Barth, one of my favorite contemporary indie authors. He does it his way, with a little help from his friends…
In 1901, the Encyclopedia Britannica was printed in the United States and was infamously sold door-to-door. These hard working salespeople were often the butt of Hollywood jokes - including a famous 1969 Monty Python sketch.
Not all social insights matter to every brand, nor can they replace talking directly with your audience. Seeing how data matches up in reality is key. So how do you determine which insights offer your brand the biggest return? Let’s explore that: