Writings of Stuart Whitmore

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Win an Autographed Book Set!

Want to win an autographed set of my books? It's easy to do, and you have until the end of February to enter to win. All of the details are in the Facebook post at that link, but the gist of it is that if you help me get more people to like my fan page on Facebook, you and a person you refer to that page could win an autographed set of all of the books I currently have in print. This is part of a broader push to improve my book marketing.

Goals in 2014

This isn't a soccer or hockey blog, so if the title confused you… well, I guess you'd have to be pretty new to my writing blog for that to happen! You might have noticed that I haven't posted to this blog since early December, so you might think that "more regular posting to my blog" would be one of my goals for 2014. In that, you would be sort of right. It's not a key goal (not yet, at least), but it is a general intent. However, I do have some pretty specific goals for this year, writing-wise, and it's past time for me to get some fresh content posted here, so that's what this post is for. And yes, I'll try to get back to my post-every-Friday rule!

Giving Away Financial Education

There's a free offer in this blog post, but I'm going to be a little preachy first. You've been warned! :) Anyway, I don't need to tell you what Black Friday is, there's no escaping the deluge of advertisements from companies seeking to cash in on holiday shopping by offering deals that are played up to be significant discounts, although often the deals are not really worth getting excited about. This kick-off to the holiday season, and the claimed turn from being "in the red" to "in the black" for stores, is a flurry of commercial activity that recently has been pushed to begin on (or even before!) Thanksgiving. Black Friday is followed by Small Business Saturday, and let's not forget Cyber Monday for the online shoppers.

My Challenge to You

If you are not participating in NaNoWriMo this month, I challenge you to what I call an empathy project. :) I challenge you to write a 10,000 word short story between today and the 30th of this month. This is easier than NaNoWriMo in two ways: The total word count is less, and the daily target is lower. Like with NaNoWriMo, you can spread your work out evenly among the available days, or do more work on some days than on others. You can even try to write it all in one day (some people reach 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo in one day).

Why is this an "empathy" project? Because if you make a serious effort to do it, and if you've never written (or made a serious effort to write) a novel before, you will soon get a feel for what it's like and you will gain some writer empathy for those of us tackling the larger NaNoWriMo challenge!

Open Letter to Amazon et al Regarding Book Sales API Availability

If you buy a copy of Assets, Budgets, and Credit: A Financial ABC, you might think that I, as the author, should be able to easily see that I've made a sale, whether it was on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or elsewhere — regardless of where it was purchased. "Easy" is in the eye of the beholder, but needing to log in to each bookseller's self-publishing platform is not what I call easy. This blog post is inspired by the current process of checking sales, and is an open letter to those who can improve the experience for small and self publishers.

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