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Fri Dec 05, 2014 at 06:36 AM PST

It's okay to say, "I love you."

by Hobbitfoot

Of course I never realized this would be the last photo we would take as a family. Karen died yesterday after a sudden and unexpected illness.
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Now, that is a hopeful title. More honest would have been, How do I keep my e-book from wallowing in obscurity? -- because that's what my e-book is doing. In this diary, I'm going to discuss promotion: what I have done so far, what I plan to do, and what other folks are recommending. If you have successfully promoted your book (e-book or paper), I hope you'll comment on what has worked for you.

This is Part Three in my mini-series on e-book publishing. Part One dealt with honing your craft, networking, and finding an audience. Part Two dealt with choosing an e-book market, formatting and its attendant nightmares, and options for cover design.

If you've ever wondered how to promote your literary work, fiction or non-fiction, follow me below the quenelle.

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Sat May 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM PDT

e-publishing: the nuts & bolts

by Hobbitfoot

You've worked on your masterpiece for the last three years: writing, editing, sleeping on it, taking an extended break for BioShock Infinite, more polishing, taking occasional breaks to work on your next book because you're so very, very tired of this one, and fielding questions from your family -- haven't you published yet? What's stopping you?. At last, you head for Amazon's KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) entry page. You upload that puppy and use Amazon's preview feature, and OMFG WHAT HAPPENED? THIS LOOKS LIKE STEVE BUSCEMI AT THE END OF FARGO.

Congratulations! You've just bungled the fundamentals of e-book formatting.

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Fri May 03, 2013 at 09:00 AM PDT

e-publishing 101

by Hobbitfoot

On my fortieth birthday, I decided to reinvent myself as a novelist. Some guys buy Harley-Davidson Duo-Glides, some go on walkabout in Thailand, some do Esalen; I spent my midlife crisis reading John Gardner's The Art of Fiction. And now, nearly twelve years later, I have self-published my first novel on Amazon's KDP Select program, and I thought it might be fun to share with my fellow Kossacks what I've learned along the way.

This will be a three part series. In this first installment, I'll talk about honing technique, networking, and finding an audience. Next, I'll discuss choosing a venue and formatting appropriately for it -- call it e-Book Formatting for Dummies. Finally, I'll discuss promotion.

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You've read other diarists' lists, their analyses, their inanities.

But you haven't read mine.

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America, the Democratic Party, and Barack Obama need . . .

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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson endorsed Barack Obama yesterday. Richardson, twice appointed to high level positions under President Clinton, was thought to be firmly in the Clinton camp. How did the Clinton folks respond?

"An act of betrayal," said James Carville, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton and a friend of Mr. Clinton.

"Mr. Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic," Mr. Carville said, referring to Holy Week.

In related news, Senator Clinton's chief pollster Mark Penn called Richardson's endorsement ". . . treacherous, but insignificant. More like Axis Sally than Judas, if you ask me."

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Governor Richardson:

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Sat Mar 15, 2008 at 10:52 AM PDT

An American dream

by Hobbitfoot

Note: I've been posting diaries, one per week, to offer some distraction from the usual political shout-fests. I have political views, of course, but I can't often organize them into coherent posts. What I have to share with the community are recipes and meshugenah stories. Today's diary falls into that last camp.

When my uncle died, the house on Atlantic Boulevard stood vacant save for decades-old furniture, piles of trinkets (in Yiddish, tchotchkes), and garbage of one form or another. My parents wanted to know if there was anything I wanted, so I told them: one thing, only one thing. I wanted my grandfather's talent agency publicity photo from his time as a failed actor.

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Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 09:14 PM PDT

Not your typical political diary.

by Hobbitfoot

Another in my series of pointless non-candidate diaries designed to give y'all a break from Hillarobamamania.

This is a story about a revelation. Not one of those "LUKE, I AM YOUR FATHER" revelations; this is more of an "I was in love with you all through seventh grade!" revelation.

This is the story of the birth and demise of a political career.

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Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 08:01 AM PST

Sunday Food Blog: Focaccia

by Hobbitfoot

Focaccia is a no-knead Italian quick bread which should be a part of everyone's repertoire. You'll need a few toys to make this one sing -- ideally, a four-cup and a one-cup measure, a good mixer or a strong arm, a rubber spatula for scraping down the sides of the mixer, a paint brush, an open-ended cookie sheet (or pizza peel), a pizza stone, and parchment paper. Of these, the last three are indispensable.

Sorry, no pictures this time. I hope the usefulness and quality of this recipe makes up for it!

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Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 08:28 AM PST

Sunday Food Blog: Farsumauro

by Hobbitfoot

Farsumauro: such a lovely, exotic-sounding name for a dish, no? If you don't know what it is, you probably clicked over to find out. And if I had called it what it is, you would have run the other way.

Meat-stuffed meat.

But is this recipe the killer answer to meat loaf? You betcha. It's impressive and tasty enough to serve to company, or just make it for the family if you're feeling especially motivated.

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Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 06:25 PM PST

SFB: Bread Pudding Souffle

by Hobbitfoot

Simple.

Beautiful.

Delicious.

And completely uncommitted to either Presidential candidate. (The bread pudding that is, not me. If the bread pudding has chosen sides, he isn't talking.)

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Thu Feb 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM PST

I just met an Obamican

by Hobbitfoot

Maybe I'm too cynical, but when Obama quipped that Republicans were whispering their support to him, I thought, "Yeah, sure. Maybe one or two. But is it a movement?"

This morning, though, one of my patients made me realize that perhaps it really is a movement.

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