All I Want for Christmas

There are so many things I could wish for at Christmas time.

Peace on Earth.

Good will toward all humankind.

A best-selling book.

Heck, even a boatload of cash would be welcome, but I think I’m going to set my sights a little bit lower. Are you ready to hear my Christmas holiday wish?

Here it is: all I want is a review. If you have read/listened to/watched something I have done and gotten anything from it, please leave me a review on it. Goodreads, Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Wattpad, iTunes. Wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just leave one.

It helps spread the word, it helps me know what, if anything, people are getting from my work and it helps boost sales. And, if you wanted to throw something in that old Christmas stocking for me as well, talk to someone you know about my work. Tell them why they might like it too.

Viral marketing is the best way I know to get the word out, especially on a limited/non-existant budget.

And while you are at it, think about some other worthy creative-types and do the same thing for them. It costs nothing but some time and can create an enormous amount of goodwill.

And, as always, I would love to hear directly from you too. :)

Happy holidays.

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Get Published Episode 142 – Portal Anthology News

For those of you new to the show, let me tell you about a project I’ve been working on with Jeffrey Hite. We decided a little over a year ago that we should do another anthology together.

Our first anthology, A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil was picked up and published by 5 Rivers Publishing. We had a lot of fun doing that anthology and decided to do another. This time, we are publishing the anthology ourselves. The new anthology was originally titled Portal Under the Sink, and other stories of magical places you likely don’t want to go.

We had submissions opened until the end of May and are now going through all the accepted stories. We thought it might be time to talk about what we’ve been up to with regards to the anthology. There have been a few, let’s call them interesting, developments that we want to share.

And, as always, I would like to invite you to leave me any comments, questions, tips or any other feedback you might have.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 142 – Portal Anthology News

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 142 – Portal Anthology News (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:22 – Promo – Flash Pulp Podcast

01:58 Get Published Episode 142 – Portal Anthology News (continued)

Mike and Jeff discuss:

  • Portal Under My Sink anthology, editing, new press, Evil Alter Ego Publishing

evilalterego24:23 – Promo – Nutty Bites

25:02 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Portal Under My Sink – http://portalundermysink.wordpress.com/

Flash Pulp Podcast – http://flashpulp.com/

Nutty Bites – http://nimlas.org/

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Motivation

There are definitely times when I am feeling somewhat less than motivated to work on that next book or story. I know I’ve got deadlines, but the story is dragging or I’m tired or not feeling well.

Then there are times when I simply cannot wait to get the next book written. Those are, I’m happy to say, happening more and more frequently. Most often, these motivations are triggered by a fan telling me how much they enjoyed my book or books.

Tonight I had the pleasure to hang out with a local Cub Scout group. I’ve been with them before as a guest author. This time the few I saw last year were telling their buddies who I hadn’t met about my books.

It’s one thing for me to talk about my books. It is an entirely different thing to hear someone else espousing the virtues of them.

Several of the Cub Scouts asked me if I was writing another Mik Murdoch book. The excitement they showed at the prospect of another book was awesome.

Awesome enough that I’m overcoming the fatigue I’ve been feeling and digging back into the story.

Mik Murdoch 3 (first draft) is almost 50% completed. That is exciting in itself and scary too. But, I’m not going to give up now because I know there are people waiting for the next book. That is motivation enough because I don’t want to disappoint my readers.

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