How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017

While putting the finishing touches on Singular, I thought it would be nice to capture all the steps required to self-publish a novel, so that any reader thinking of doing likewise, or myself in a year or two, has a ready guide for the process.

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In Defense of Boring Old Technology

I’ve noticed a few forces at work in my software development life. While I have no interest in being exhaustive, or exhausting, I have some thoughts on a few of the common ones: The Variable Definition of Correctness, The False Promise of Greatness, What is Fashionable Right Now, and Pragmatism.

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Mortal Syntax

Similar to Eats, Shoots & Leaves, this volume makes the process of learning grammar more enjoyable by framing lessons within fanciful little stories. That said, it does get repetitive after a bit, and might serve better as a reference. Reading it over many days might also help break up the problem/solution structure of the book.

Worldbuilding Continues

There’s just something about a long break; I feel so recharged and flush with ideas for the world and story of my next book. This is notable, perhaps, as it highlights one of the changes in direction from my first book.

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Social Media

Recently I described my experience in taking a whole month off of work and the entire process that went into making that a “success” (by the definition I had established for it). Rather than clog that post with a massive digression, allow me to expound on the “experiment” I mentioned there.

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Sabbatication 2017

One of the benefits of working for an awesome company like Planning Center is every five years you get to take a whole month off, in addition to your other paid vacation. How fantastic is that?!

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The Hydrogen Sonata (Culture)

This is slightly more difficult to review, mostly because I was sad during the entire reading of the novel as it was the very last of the Culture series. This has been my favorite series in all of science fiction (even with the up and down of some of the more experimental volumes) and with the untimely passing of Mr. Banks, there will not be another. Ever.

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Surface Detail (Culture)

Another Banks masterpiece. This was a very well-crafted story written in the post-modern literary style of a very talented author.

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Matter (Culture)

To say this was a complicated book would be to undersell the very notion of complex. Not that it wasn’t comprehensible, far from it, but without the appendix provided at the back, managing the mental gymnastics of all the characters, species, ships, planets, etc. would have been excessively burdensome. It’s still a little shocking to read a piece of fiction which requires an appendix, but there it is.

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