End of the year roundup: The biggest hits of 2013

Yup, it’s that time of year.  Snow shovels, Christmas jingles, and retrospective roundups from every single blog in existence.  Since my blog remains in existence, despite the odds, I thought I’d do a little year-end recap of some of the most popular posts that have gotten y’all talking in the past twelve months.


The Dirty Little Secret of Amazon Category Rankingsranking

Topping the list is this helpful advice about how to tag your book on KDP in order to reach the widest audience.  Amazon’s self-publishing process is simple but not entirely transparent, and I’m happy to say that this information has helped a whole bunch of people use the system to their best advantage.  Check it out and pass it on, all ye authors.

25% of Kindle Books Are Self-Published, But Not for the Money

A quick look at some recent stats about just how well self-published books are selling.  Still think there’s a stigma to going it alone?  One in four readers doesn’t know what you’re talking about.

There Will Always be Someone Better than You

A lament about my inferiority complex seems to attract a lot of web traffic that is not publishing-specific, because inferiority strikes everyone in a very similar way.  I don’t know if reading this post can help you get back on the horse after a disappointment or frustration, but it was certainly therapeutic to write.

pile-of-books Wait, there were HOW Many Self-Published Books in 2012?!

Statistics seem to be the name of the game these days.  There were a lot of books published last year, and a ton of them were DIY.  Does the popularity of self-publishing bring equality to a closed market, or does it dilute the value of the really good stuff?

Five Ways You Can Tell if You’re a Fantasy Junkie

Not sure what it means that you want to buy that One Ring replica for your girlfriend this Christmas?  Maybe it means you have good taste.  Run through this list of five symptoms of fantasy addiction (and have her take a look at it too before you finalize that purchase) to see where you fall on the fanboy spectrum.


The results are a pretty good indicator of the direction I’m planning to take Inkless in 2014.  More interesting news, more focus on readers in addition to authors, and a continuation of the Monday/Friday posting pattern that seems to be manageable enough.  Short Story Fridays will continue on a regular basis as long as I have the wherewithal to keep writing flash fiction, and I hope you all have the wherewithal to keep reading them.

It’s been a great year for the blog, a great year for my work (even though very few people have read The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun), and an honor to have you, dear readers, as a part of this crazy journey.  2014 will hopefully see the publication of at least one new work, probably in the summer, and some big things between now and then.  Stay tuned.


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