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Dear Diary, I don’t think I would have been ready for either opera or philosophy before my late forties, but–thanks in large part to the Met’s “opera in HD” broadcasts in cinemas around the world) I’ve fallen head over heels for the former, and as a result, have discovered the latter.  Paul Robinson’s study of “Opera & Ideas”  peaked my interest in Romanticism, which soon led me to want to know a bit about Hegel.  Five weeks later, I’m hooked.  I’m reading as much philosophy as I can squeeze in, I’ve discovered the amazing “Philosophy Bites” podcast, and I’m listening…

So I don’t blog much.  I’m busy with a lot of stuff.  That’s one reason.  Another reason is that I’ve turned it–in my mind–into a performance.  You know, an opportunity to impress someone.  Read my blog, think it’s awesome, buy my book, repeat.  Might be a great strategy for someone.  I think that’s a bad strategy for me. I think a better approach for me is:  use the blog to post thoughts about what I’m reading, what I’m writing, what I’m thinking about.  If someone finds it, reads it, and thinks it’s interesting, that’d be cool.  Otherwise, it’s a good…

The Challenges of Self-Publishing

12 Feb 2015, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in The Writing Life

It’s been 8 months since “Echo Still” was released for the public, and I’ve sold nearly 150 copies.  I don’t really know the numbers, but I’m guessing a traditionally published novel sells 150 copies in the first few hours the bookstores are open on the day it is released.  I’m not complaining–I’m learning a ton and having fun all along the way.  Here’s one of the things I’ve learned:  One of the challenges of self-publication is that you’ve got to be all of the following for your novel:  writer, editor, proofreader, project manager, publisher, CFO, chief marketing officer, and head…