No, Really. What’s Your Real Job?

Ty HutchinsonI surprise a lot of people.

When they find out I wrote a book, it’s like, wow. When they find out I wrote more than one, it’s like, that’s awesome. When they find out this is how I make my living, it’s like, sure.

They think it’s a hobby, not a job I make a living from. “You mean someone other than me bought your book?” The onus usually falls on me to convince them.

I’m not offended. Most people don’t personally know anyone who makes a living as an author. I started writing my first book in 2009 and published it in 2011. It’s easy to assume this was a bucket list thing. But four chapters in on my first book, I knew right then that’s what I wanted to do. Not as a hobby but as a job. With that in mind, every decision I made from that moment on was geared toward making a career change. And that’s exactly how I treated it.

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Game of Death

Coit TowerThe final installment of the Chasing Chinatown Trilogy is out. Releasing Coit Tower took a lot longer than I expected. I think I missed my deadline by two months. Anyway, thanks for being patient. I appreciate it.

Coit Tower is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Google Play. If you prefer a paperback, you can grab one here.

Description

It’s payday in San Francisco, and death is the contract.

The hunt continues in the third installment of the Chasing Chinatown Trilogy. FBI Agent Abby Kane is the sole Attraction in a bloody game designed for one reason: to take lives. Deliver her head and collect the $10 million bounty.

Abby doesn’t know who her attackers are. She doesn’t know when they will strike. But she does know they will come.

In this deadly game of murder, nothing is off-limits—not even her family. There are no rules, no restrictions, and only one ending: Winner takes… a life.

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Kobo’s Huge Honking Sale — Up to 50% Off

Kobo LogoKobo is having an insane sale, but this time they’re slashing prices by 50%. There’s a huge selection to choose from; including a few of my own: Corktown, Russian Hill and Lumpini Park.

Dates:  October 17th – 20th

Discounts: 25%, 35%, 50% 

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Kobo’s TGIF Summer Sale. Unlimited 30% Off

Kobo LogoHell, yeah. Kobo is having their huge TGIF Summer Sale – 30% Off A ton of books will be reduced by 30% and there’s no cap on the promo code. Pass it on to your family, your friends… heck, give it to people you don’t know. It’s good for an unlimited amount of purchases. When: July 25th – July 28th Discount: 30% Promo Code: TGIFSAVE30 You got four days to take advantage of this deal. Don’t wait around.

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Gatecrashing the Cosy Consensus on Amazon

Ty Hutchinson:

There are two sides to every story. If you enjoy reading, then please read this. It’s important to know that not all authors are for Hachette. The authors who have come out in support of Hachette are published by Hachette. That’s something they never mention.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

amazonhachetteA group of bestselling traditionally published authors – including James Patterson, Scott Turow, and Douglas Preston – engaged in an act of breathtaking hypocrisy on Thursday with an open letter calling on Amazon to end its dispute with Hachette.

The letter is incredibly disingenuous. It claims not to take sides, but only calls on Amazon to take action to end the dispute. It also makes a series of ridiculous claims, notably that Amazon has been “boycotting Hachette authors.”

Where do I start?

The Phantom Boycott

First of all, refusing to take pre-orders on Hachette titles is not a “boycott.” Pre-orders are a facility extended to certain publishers – not all publishers. Many small presses don’t have a pre-order facility. Most self-publishers don’t have a pre-order facility.

I don’t know why Amazon has stopped taking Hachette pre-orders, but both sides have stated that negotiations aren’t likely to be resolved any…

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Like A Girl, Rocks!

I’ve been out of the ad biz for about a year and a half and have pretty much disconnected myself from a career that had soaked up 22 years of my life. I don’t pay attention to what’s happening in the industry. I no longer watch the Superbowl for the commercials. I skip over print ads in magazines, ignore billboards and never listen to radio. I did however stop to watch this. So should you.

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Kathy Doolittle Fuierer is a Winner!

Summer Blog HopKathy you’re the winner of my Summer Splash Blog Hop giveaway. I have a gigantic fortune cookie with your name on it. Keep an eye out for an email from me.

I want to thank everyone who hopped over to my blog. I hope you had a lot of fun. Enjoy your summer.

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