Announcing Comp-Sci-Fi and Deception Fault

I’m happy to announce a new series of loosely-connected short stories under the banner Comp-Sci-Fi. Deception Fault is the next story in the cycle. Go check it out–it’s in the top 25 and climbing the Kindle Short Reads chart as of this posting. It’s a tribute to Alan Turing, but not in the way you might expect. Chronologically, this story is a prequel in the Comp-Sci-Fi series. Comp-Sci is, of course, slang for Computer...

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XML in fiction

The release of Ritchie Boss led to some discussion on twitter of the use of XML in fiction. Not that I need to tell you all, but XML is a kind of markup that gets sprinkled around textual content, <example>like this</example>. The slash on the latter angle-bracketed-term indicates a “closing tag” and balances out the opening tag. When everything balances, plus follows a few other rules, it is said to be well-formed. So,...

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Website relaunch

In the next few days or weeks, expect to see some changes here. The website refresh might break some URLs (but we’ll try not to!) so consider yourself warned. If you see an error message, try going to the root of the site and navigating from there. And please email me with any error messages, even minor ones. Thanks!

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Whirlwind daze

So, day 1 as a free listing. The book spent a chunk the day in the #1 best seller position for short (= 30 minute) reads in Science Fiction and Fantasy. It’s also done well on the lists for Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Cyberpunk, and (oddly to me) Literature and Fiction. This is very good. In particular, it makes it more likely that the algorithms will grab hold of it and keep it visible to more readers. I’m immensely thankful...

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Free at last

Good morning. A quick note to observe that Ritchie Boss: Private Investigator Manager, my award-winning, Creative Commons-licensed, fiction chapter from an academic textbook is now on the free lists at Amazon. The best thing you could do to help is to write an honest review. There’s lots more coming soon, and those subscribed to the Geeks mailing list hear about it first. Go get...

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Promotion update

My goal is to be very open in my selfpub marketing approaches here, including what works and what doesn’t. My immediate strategy is to gather my tribe in an email list. (Join here). I’m launching two short story titles, one the sequel of the other, one permafree and one paid, ideally landing both on respective top 100 lists. I’m experimenting with the CTA at the back of each book to see what works. If you join the list,...

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I now host an email list

If you’re reading this, you are probably a good fit for my email list, “Geeks”. On the list, I get more personal (and more geeky) than on the blog. I will recommend various geeky books and products, a few of which are even from me. Come with on a journey into self-publishing and all-consuming geekery. If you’re not on the list, you’ve already missed some good stuff. Sign up here....

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Micah Joel

Purveyor of things geeky