My Income Distribution for 2014

About a week ago, I went over my writing income for 2014.  Since I find it interesting when other authors post about their earnings, I thought I'd post the distribution of my income from different publishing channels.

So what happened in 2014?

Traditional Publishing:
1. Midnight Thief (novel) released (July)
2.  Daughter of Dusk (novel) contracted (April) for 2015 release

Self publishing
1.  From Words to Brain (essay) self pubbed after getting rights back. (January)
2.   Lord of Time (short story) sold to Inscription Magazine (September) and self pubbed after exclusivity window ended (December).  Also made available for free to new mailing list subscribers (sign up at
3.  Poison Dance in backlist.  Permafree from April through November.

Brain Science for Writers Roundup 3/20/15

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Top pick: Belief that some fields require 'brilliance' may keep women out. Makes me wonder if we need more stories about brilliant women.

Anthropologist seeks the roots of terrorism.

Why romantic illusions are a good thing.

In the brain, romantic love is basically an addiction.

Terms of Endearment.  Why do we use pet names in relationships?

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Brain Science for Writers 3/3/2015

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Top Pick: To fall in love with anyone, do this. This is a fascinating article on how to generate emotional intimacy between two people. The article overstates it a bit -- the actual study (linked in article) didn't actually make people fall in love. Rather, the couples who went through their procedure scored one point higher on a "closeness questionaire" than couples assigned to small talk. But still, I found the article fascinating. And for novelists, I highly recommend clicking through to the research study and reading the questions in the appendix, if you'd like an example of the types of questions and conversation topics that foster emotional closeness between two people.

Long work hours make people more likely to drink heavily

The delivered story vs. the interpreted story.

For Couples, Success at Work is Affected by Partner’s Personality

Political gridlock: blame the men. Take the conclusions drawn here with a grain of salt. The study itself involved survey data from voters, and experiments on undergrads. To go from that to speculations about how congress functions is a big leap indeed. Still, this article has some interesting points to think about.

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