Bestselling Oracle books and a bit about the biz

Don Burleson has an interesting artucle about some of the bestselling Oracle authors. Perhaps more interesting than the actual list is Don’s comments on how the book market has changed from the 90’s to the 00’s. He also talks a little about how royalties work.

Fair to say that today’s Oracle author (me included) isn’t expecting to get rich from their books, but it remains a great way to increase your personal visibility, give a subject a more complete treatment than it might otherwise get and help ease the learning curve for others who are less experienced.

oracle, technology, book, books, book sales, author, writing, publishing, royalties

Some unusual action figures

B-Movie VictimsA little late for Christmas, but here’s a site with some neat, out of the ordinary gifts.

Shakespeare’s Den offers an unusual selection of gifts in the areas of theatre, writing, art, music, dance and film. There is everything from pen sets to the Screaming Scream Doll, but it was the Avenging Unicorn and the Horrified B-Movie Victims that I had to get as gifts this year.

Avenging UnicornWhile I had the B-Movie Victims sent directly to a friend who has moved away but I did get the chance to see the Avenging Unicorn, complete with three extra horns and a set of three victims. The victims are a mime, a cranky businessman and a new age lady and all are designed to be impaled on the horn.

Shakespeare’s Den shipped promptly and everything was well packed. Check them out for some unique gifts.

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10 Writing Tips

Alexander over at has posted his Top 10 tips for productive, creative, fun writing.

So how’d [write a whole book in twenty days]? Well the answer is obvious isn’t it? Clear goals, hard work, perseverance, sticking to it, eliminating distractions and writing no matter what, right?


Wrong, wrong, wrong. I tried that. Didn’t work. So I tried the exact opposite and that worked.

Like most of Alexander’s posts, this list is both highly applicable and refreshingly unconventional. Some of these things I find I’ve already been doing and others I’ll have to remember to try.

While my publisher would probably take issue with #9 (No deadlines or goals) I’m sure these tips will find their way into how I blog and work on my books.

writing, blogging