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A Fresh Start: Mike’s Updates June 2, 2017

According to former interview subject James Scott Bell, author of the March 2017 release, Marketing for Writers Who Hate Marketing: The No-Stress Way to Sell Books Without Losing Your Mind, the vast majority of author blogs are nothing more than a “time suck.” This is true for authors in general but especially significant when it comes to Indies (or independently published authors) of which I am one.

Over the past few years, I’ve published somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 blog posts and book reviews. I enjoyed the experience tremendously and had the opportunity to meet and interview a lot of really interesting people. That’s all well and good, but has that in any way furthered my literary career? To put a finer point on it, did blogging help me sell books? Bell would say no; and based on my paltry royalty checks, I’m in no position to disagree. My blogs, therefore, are no longer. Let us pause for a moment of silent reflection.

Good enough. Onward and upward.

I thank you for subscribing to what I promise will be only occasional updates. And for my part, I will do everything in my power to entertain and inform. Well, I’ll inform anyway and one outta two ain’t bad.

Do you know when the first vending machine was invented? The earliest known reference is credited to Hero of Alexandria, a Greek engineer and mathematician from the first century AD. His machine accepted coins and dispensed holy water. See that? You learned something new so your subscription is paying off already. You’re welcome.

Perhaps you were hoping to be informed about things of a bit more relevance. Fair enough. If all goes well, I will publish two new books before the end of this calendar year. I don’t have anything as definitive as release dates just yet but that’s my somewhat lofty goal.

My third novel is once again in the suspense genre and tentatively titled Blind Switch. It’s progressing well, but I’ll tell you more about that in a future update.

The next Michael Sova publication you’ll actually be able to purchase is a sports-themed cookbook called 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food. I’m quite excited about it. The book is finished as far as the written content. The only things lacking are photos and other illustrations. That will hopefully be remedied in the very near future as I will soon be receiving a stack of submissions compliments of the Windsor High School art department. Cool, right? I thought so.

One last thing. I’m told my updates should include some sort of call to action. You subscribed so I feel like I’m ahead of the game already. However, if you feel the need to do something more and you know any fans of books, sports or food, please do me a favor and let them know I exist. Thanks.

More later,
Mike

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