Steve’s Update 3/17/2019

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Hey gang, so a quick update here on my, well, updates.

The weekly thing really isn’t cutting it for a number of reasons. First, not enough changes in one week. Two, weeks are variable enough that half the time I’m discussing interruptions that wouldn’t matter in the big picture. Third, I’m shaking up some of my personal productivity choices, so two weeks work.

So last weekly update!

So what have I done since last time?

  • Way With Worlds: I’ve started writing the Fashion book – and got the City book back!
  • Seventh Sanctum Book: I’ve been writing it and am happy with the way it looks. Interesting note – it’s shorter than I expected. Don’t know if this means I’ve got more to add or if it’ll get done faster.
  • Seventh Sanctum: Started working on a new generator! It’s a comedic one, but an interesting one, so stay tuned . . .

What’s next?

  • Way With Worlds: I’ll keep working on the Fashion book (remember I do those over time) and will get as much edited of the Cities book!
  • Seventh Sanctum Book: Keep writing.
  • Seventh Sanctum: Work on that new generator and of course, keep practicing Python.

Steven Savage

Beware The New Age Of Job Spam

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Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of phone calls and emails about job opportunities, and I’m not alone according to my friends. I’ve begun to realize a lot of this is due to technical changes and business changes – ones that it’s important as a sort of Geek Career Person to warn people about.

Now before I go into just what I found, a note that this isn’t bragging. I’ve been in IT for decades, my resumes have been sent all over the country for twenty years, and I’m in a ton of databases. I’m also in my 50’s, where people are experienced, start to retire (less competition), or die (also less competition). It works in my favor – except for that whole “aware of my own mortality” thing.

Now, onward – let’s walk through what happened and what I found.


So last six months or so I started getting hit up by a lot of recruiters. This wasn’t like previous experiences where it appeared to be people “raiding” California for talent that got tired of paying rent so high you could buy a gaming rig once a month. This was the usual combined with lots of samey emails, odd calls, and weird inquests that didn’t always seem to relate to my skillsets, often from companies I never heard of.

I didn’t think about it much, until some caller noted she was in a different time zone – one that didn’t fit the area she was listed as calling from.

So I began digging a bit and looking into all those emails.


First, the emails I was ignoring anyway looked real spammy – cut and paste jobs, search and replace issues, and sometimes repetitive. On top of that there were mostly companies I didn’t recognize.

Secondly, the emails didn’t seem to give a damn where I was. I mean, yeah I’ve seen people try to raid Silicon Valley for talent, but this didn’t follow any identifiable pattern. Previously I could note trends in what states were hiring, but this was more incoherent.

I also began looking at how to unsubscribe from them, and that was the real revelation. A lot of the unsubscruibe links sent me to the same kind of software setup – clearly different companies, but all using the same mailing list software.

Finally, I recalled how many people had mentioned they had me in a database, or saw me on Dice, or LinkedIn.

That’s when it came together for me.


At the most basic, it’s a helluva easy to set up a consulting type company, get requests, spam out inquiries, and try to get people. So now plenty of people are doing that and outsourcing globally, at rate I’ve not seen before. And it’s annoying.

Specifically it looks like:

  • A company get set up anywhere in the world then route calls through a phone number in other countries. That explains the weird time zone issues I was getting from calls.
  • A company can use existing software out of the box to set up all sorts of HR and mailing systems. Then you can easily mail things out to people without thinking.
  • There’s all sorts of databases out there, and companies can fill them or just purchase data. Pretty sure some of my old resumes from fifteen years ago are sitting around somewhere in digitized form.
  • Dice and Linkedin and other sites are easy for dedicated people to scrape, especially if you have settings that allow people to see you’re looking, show information, etc.

So we’re now at the stage where you can basically spin up a consulting company or modify an existing one to pretty much run as a spam system. Sure, it sounds like it’s inefficient, but if you can throw out leads to a ton of people, you only need a small percent of responses. It’s pretty much like advertising.


So what’s the takeaways from this for my fellow job seekers? I have a few.

  • First as always I recommend people always ask what the next stage of their career is. It may well be “more of the same,” but a review now and then is good. I evaluate my skills and plans once a month.
  • If you’re at all concerned about job stability, you should have a regular job search going on, from once a week to once a month.
  • Job searches by now are going to need to be selective. So be aware of who you’re applying to.
  • If you’re looking at temp or consulting companies, research them before applying. Build a list of reliable companies over time (and share them) so you know when trustworthy leads come in and you build good relationships.
  • If you have specific companies or organizations you want to work for, then I’d apply at their websites specifically. Now and then, do a “deep dive” and go back through listings to apply to past jobs, not just new ones.
  • Be careful how you set yourself up on job sites, LinkedIn, etc. You might be accidentally asking to be spammed.

Hope that helps. Let’s see how this evolves in the future, because I’m sure there’s more changes to the job market and technology to come . . .

Steven Savage

Timely Isn’t Always Relevant

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Thus it is that the Great man abides by what is solid, and eschews what is flimsy; dwells with the fruit and not with the flower.

  • Tao Te Ching, Chapter 38, Legge translation

Over at his blog, Serdar discusses the seeming constant need out there to keep track of what’s timely, relevant, and so on. There’s so much to keep track of, and people want us to have opinions on everything. We can’t, yet we’re somehow supposed to because everyone demands our time, demands opinion.

If you’re any kind of writer or artist, if you comment on culture and politics, you know what this feels like. I experience this myself.

There’s a sinister side to this as well, beyond the merely annoying. It keeps us distracted, it keeps us fighting, it keeps us arguing. If you’re a news junkie like myself, you know how exhausting it to watch the media clog with manufactured outrage or see important issues disappear under a wave of B.S.

Ultimately it’s up to us to decide on what’s relevant and what matters to us and bow out of where we can’t. There’s only so much attention to go around, and society has made itself into a spectacle enough as it is.

It’s also up to us to give people a break and understand their limits. They too have only so much time to spend or space to care. Much as we need our boundaries, they need theirs.

Maybe if we give each other enough space to focus on what matters, enough truly important issues will be paid attention to.

Steven Savage

Marketing For Self-Published Authors and Artists (March 2019)

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So as promised, every few months I’m going to update my findings on marketing for indies.  Most of this is oriented towards self-published authors like myself, but a lot of it should help artists too.

The Core Principle: The Web Of Connections

To promote yourself your various activities, giveaways, social media, and so on need to connect and reinforce each other.  If a new book comes out, promote it on your website and give away a few copies in your newsletter.  If you’re speaking on art, give out bookmarks with links to your website.  Everything ties together.

This does make finding what works a bit challenging, so I take these steps:

  • Do what is easy, like cross-posting sales and stuff among my social media.  Hey, it’s easy.  Then I monitor what seems to work.
  • Do what seems rational because let’s face it, this is complicated.  Also see if there’s any useful results that tell you what to do or what not to do.
  • Advance my marketing with small experiments to see what gets results.  Usually that takes a month or two to show, so I tend to do my experiments every month or every other month.
  • Record what I find from above.  What do you think this post is?

Over time you’ll find what works for you, what doesn’t, and how elements interact.  It might help to keep a list like this!

Have A Website

Have a website, period. A website is a place you can send people to that acts as a “hub” for your marketing efforts. It doesn’t have to be complex (I’ve got some tips below), it has to be a place that acts as a hub for finding out more about you. The goal of a website is to have a one-stop-show for people to come to for information, and leave from to go to your various portfolios, books, social media, etc.

Follow these steps:

  1. Get a domain name (, are recommended). Make sure the name is unique, fits you, and can be re-purposed if your plans change ( is a bit specific, but is more general).
  2. Set up a website. Most people I know use or Just start with one page to make it easy – I’ve seen successful authors whose page is a blurb and a list of books.
  3. A fast way to do it is buy a domain and redirect it to one of your social media accounts or a portfolio setup (like Twitter or LinkedIn).  You can build the site later.
  4. Link to all your books, art, portfolio, and social media from here.
  5. This website should be mentioned in your books, social media, etc.
  6. Link to all your social media from the website – LinkedIn, Goodreads, whatever.  Well, whatever is appropriate, like maybe no one wants your photo collection of antique pots on that photo sharing site.

Other things to add:

  • A schedule of speaking engagement.
  • Reviews of your books.
  • Testimonials.
  • Helpful downloads – like character sheets, guides, etc.

Have Appropriate Social Media

Social media is a troublesome subject. Yes, it can let you market – or be annoying. Yes it can let you meet people – or it can waste time. However, done right it’s a great way to connect with people.

Your social media should always link back to your website and in many cases, your other social media. This helps create a “web” of connections, so people are able to go to one social media source, find your others, and of course buy your stuff.

My takes on social media in rough order are:

Twitter: Twitter, for it’s many flaws, has a lot of use, its simple, and with lists and filtering (and learning when to ignore it) you can meet authors, promote yourself, and be found. I’d determine what approach you want to use (from marketing to just goofing off) and do it.

LinkedIn: You should have a LinkedIn profile anyway, but how much of your “creative” life you want to share or link to depends on your goals and personal image. I also will say if you use LinkedIn don’t forget all the great posting and stuff you can do there, and the communities.

Instagram and other photo-sharing sites: Some people use this to promote their work, others use it as a sort of photoblog. I’m mixed on it myself.

Facebook: Facebook keeps having issues, but it helps to have a presence. I’d keep an author page on it at the very least and see how you engage.

Amazon Author Site: Set up your Amazon Author Site at Author Central.  This also can be a place to point your web domain.

By the way, a good way to manage social media in one go is

Have A Blog

Blogs are ways to post thoughts, essays, and more, turning your web presence into a kind of personal magazine/announcement/discussion board. Most authors use them, though at various rates of usage, from constant posts to “occasional speaking updates.”

A blog is usually part of your author website, and thus is another reason to come there – and to go and check out your work and your other media. Most blog setups can act as your author page as well (which is what I do).

I use blogs to:

  • Give weekly updates on myself.
  • Post various essays and thoughts.
  • Review or promote interesting things.
  • In a few cases, blog posts then became other books, or I round them up to publish free “compendiums.”

You can set up blogs at the following sites, with various advantages and limits. Some allow you to use your own domain name, some don’t.

A few techniques:

  • You can get a domain and just point it at your blog or a similar site (like your Tumblr) and save time.
  • Some authors and artists do blog tours where they post across each other’s blogs.
  • If you have related social media accounts (LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc.) consider posting your blog entries to all of them when appropriate. Just make sure they redirect to your site.
  • Set up an RSS feed (or find it’s address in a standard setup) and put a link on your blog. I also recommend despite it being sort of static by now.
  • and some other mail software programs let people subscribe to a blog feed so they get email updates. You can also load those with helpful extras and information.

An important caveat – if you’re a prolific writer, you have to find the blogging/writing balance. It’s not an easy call because a few long blog posts can take as much time to set up as a small fiction piece. In some cases small books may be like blog posts so you have to ask “write a book or write a set of blog posts.”  I cover that more later.

Have A Newsletter

A newsletter is the way to engage with readers and keep people informed, as well as give them cool reviews, interesting updates, and more. In some ways it’s like a mailed blog, but I separate them as a newsletter is more focused and like an update, whereas blogs can be more freeform. If you don’t do a blog, do a newsletter, and if you only have time for one do the newsletter.

The ruler of newsletters is, which has an amazing free service and reasonable paid services.

Make sure that your newsletter subscription form(s) are linked to from as much social media as possible and, of course, your website.

Some newsletter tips:

  • Don’t overdo it or underdo it – I do it twice a month or so.
  • Find a “feel” for your newsletter – a roundup, personal, chatty, serious, etc. Judge what works.
  • Include any vital updates about your work. Link to your blog, new books, cool things.
  • Give away “Lead Magnets” – basically free stuff like samples, an occasional free book copy, downloadable cool stuff, etc.
  • Use it to promote other cool things – help folks out.
  • Remember that most newsletter software gives you all sorts of statistics and data – you can use this to improve reaching people!

Physical Media

Many authors and artists give away cards, bookmarks, etc.  I find these different giveaways vary in effectiveness, so I’m not sure how well they work for me or you.  However, it doesn’t stop me from doing them as they’re easy, and sometimes expected.  I also figure saturating the world with references to my work helps.

The one challenge is that this costs money, and you may not want to spend money on business cards, bookmarks, etc.  So you want to balance your choices.

Here’s what I try and what I find works:

Business Cards – These are a must if you’re serious, and the only physical media I can truly say that about.  Business Cards are cheap to get, easy to give out, and even expected.  Most print shops and office supply stores have quick options.

Bookmarks – This is popular among the book crowd for obvious reasons.  I’m not sure how well they work, but they do make it easy to set out information, give them away in panels, leave at interested shops, etc.  They can be a bit pricey depending on the deal you swing,

Mini-pictures – I’ve seen artists give away small cards with their art and contact information, sort of a sample/bookmark/business card fusion.  This may be worth trying.

For printed bookmarks and the like I recommend

I always have business cards with me, keep some bookmarks in my car, and take bookmarks to any events I speak at.

Giveaways And Promotionals (Mostly Authors)

A great way to get people’s attention is to give out stuff like free books, extras, samples, and more. With these properly done (and linked back to other works), its a great way to get attention, meet people, and of course get sales.

There’s two services I recommend for authors.  For artists you may have to look for other methods. – having both free and subscription modes, it lets you give away work and join (or create) promotionals. The paid version lets you tie giveaways into your mailing list as well. It does get a bit pricey beyond the Free level ($20 to $50 a month), so I recommend paid tiers for serious authors nly. – Is a cheap ($20 a year to start) way to do book giveaways in a variety of formats, and higher tiers include features like I’m fond of the starter tier as its a great way to make book giveaways easier (and if you don’t want to host your giveaways).

To make these work you have to obviously be dedicated to it and work out strategies. I use them to:

  • Give away free stuff and samples to my newsletter subscribers.
  • Give away a few copies of new books via
  • Have promotional giveaways (often samples) that people can sign up to my newsletter to get.
  • I join groups on to do team giveaways.
  • I use both – Instafreebie lets me set up easy giveaways, and Prolificworks gives me all sorts of options.

If you use KDP, there’s a KDP Exclusive you can use for eBooks. In exchange for making your work exclusive with Amazon, you get some tools to set up sales and giveaways.  It’s easy for starting authors.

Have A Portfolio

If you’re a visual artist of any kind, have a portfolio. Put it on your website, use a social media site like, whatever. People want to see your work and maybe buy it, so make it easy to do. If you take commissions, it’s pretty much a way to market yourself.

Non-visual artists like authors may want a portfolio as well. This would contain:

  • Cover art.
  • Sample works.
  • Free giveaways.
  • Summaries of your work (with links to purchase it). For instance, I have a press website a lot like this.

Do Series

If you’re doing fiction, you probably already have a series in mind. If your books are non-fiction, you may want to group them into series, because various bookselling sites will remind people that “X book is part of Y” series.  If you’re an artist, this may help as well.

It’s near-free advertisement.

My general finding is that series help get people’s attention.  If they like something, they check the series.  If they like the series idea but not a specific piece, they may check the rest of the series.

It also shows commitment.  If you’ve got a series, you’ll be around.

I do think it takes time for a series to “take off.”  Once it starts getting attention and people buy other books, then they get more recommendations, more attention, etc.

Calculated Distribution (Authors)

This part is pretty much only for authors – and for book distribution.

For print books, your usual choices are Amazon and IngramSpark (or IngramSpark via Lulu).  Amazon doesn’t charge, the other services do, but bookstores don’t always like to stock Amazon books as it’s a competitor.

For ebooks, your choices are:

  • Go with Amazon’s KDP Select, where you only go through Amazon but get marketing tools like sales.  Amazon is the majority of the market, so if you go Amazon its easier.
  • Distribute incredibly widely.  This takes time, and you don’t get Amazon’s marketing tools, but you get the chance to make more sales.  Some authors I know find they sell more books outside of Amazon, but I haven’t figured out any rules or principles to this.

If you go broad here’s my take

  • Draft2Digital is the easiest way to go broad, but only does eBooks.  I also recommend managing your Amazon account separately.  Draft2Digital doesn’t have the broadest range, but it’s free (taking a cut of your sales) and very, very well done.
  • Smashwords is also free, but takes a larger cut and doesn’t have the extras of Draft2Digital.  It does get into a few unusual areas of distribution.
  • will do full service, but partners with Ingrahm, and there are charges.
  • Ingrahm is full service as well, and charges.  It’s probably a better choice than Lulu these days.

Publish Lots Of Stuff

Like it or not your goal as a creator is to be noticed so people get ahold of your work and benefit from it.  This means that you may need to create lots of works to get attention – or use work that you aren’t making public to do the same.

For instance, I realized that a lot of my blog ideas were better off as books – or could be turned into books.  There was far more benefit to turning certain ideas into small books (or expanding existing work into books) than letting things sit.  Some things just work better as a book anyway, and I have more works that people can get their hands on.

(Plus, the polishing that goes into a book made them, honestly, higher quality.)

If you’re an artist it’s probably the same thing, depending on your market.  If you have lots of different things to sell and buy and do you increase your chance to get more sold. 

Advertising (Mostly for Authors)

I’ve used both Google ads and Amazon for books, though it’s been awhile since I’ve done Google (and I may want to try again).  I have done a lot with Ams, or Amazon Marketing Services.

AMS lets you set up promotional ads to appear during searches, and you can set up keywords, target them, and even decide what to pay for a clickthrough.  It’s a pretty advanced tool, and though it obviously only targets Amazon, that’s a pretty big market!  The challenge is that you have to figure out the right words, monitor progress (to avoid overspending or waste), and tweak marketing for each book.

I’ve found it effective, but it takes a lot of work.  What I do is update AMS every month or so with new terms, shut off ones that aren’t working, and try to get an idea of what works.  You can download data from each ad you set up, and then make a new ad with just the data that worked.  You honestly need to start with 100-200 search terms to get it working.

AMS works, but it takes effort – and obviously you pay for ads even if you don’t sell anything.  It’s a good advanced practice.

More To Come

So these are just what I’m doing now (and what I wrote up, I’m sure I forgot a few things). I’m always trying different promotional efforts and other ways to help people find my books.

Steven Savage

Steve’s Update 3/9/2019

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It’s been a calmer week, so let’s see what’s up!

So what have I done the last week?

  • Way With Worlds: I’ve outlined the next book while the City book gets edited – it’s on fashion!
  • Expanded Distribution: All my books except A Bridge To The Quiet Planet and my fandom-specific books are out I may not do the Focused Fandom series – I’m worried it’s aged a bit.
  • Seventh Sanctum Book: I don’t have a title yet, but I’ve started in on my book on randomness, Generators, and creativity! My plan is to get it done this year, but right now as a lot’s going on, I’m not sure of my pace.

What’s next?

  • Way With Worlds: I hope to get the book back from my editor, but it may not be until late. I’ll also start on the Fashion book.
  • Seventh Sanctum Book: I’ll be writing that! So yeah, pretty much that.
  • Seventh Sanctum: Still practicing some code improvement!

Steven Savage

Use This Idea: Library Swaps For Authors!

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One thing I want to return to is posting cool ideas for people to try, a bit like idea tithing that I mention in my Brainstorm Book. This one is for we indie authors.

Being an author we want to be read after all, and reach people. It’s also nice to help people out with our writing, and I find that “helpful” approach keeps us empathizing with people. Finally, it helps to meet other authors to network and make friends.

This idea combines all three. I call it the Library Swap. It works like this:

  1. Indie authors from across the country (or planet) team up online.
  2. Every month, they team up in pairs and send each other copies of their books.
  3. Each person takes the books sent to them and donates them to a local library. The libraries get something to sell or new stock depending on how they’re inclined.
  4. Next month, authors switch up and do it all over again – plus that way they get to know each other.

So now every month, indie author’s works are being distributed around the country or world. Every month authors get a chance to get to know each other. Libraries get new stock or something to sell to raise money. Authors get a chance to reach new readers.

Like the idea? Want to try it out? Let me know how it goes – or if you’d like to team up.

Steven Savage

How Fun Becomes Pathological

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So the last entry in my series exploring how “fun goes bad” – for now. I’m done with it – or it’s about to not be fun anymore . . .

This is a delicate issue, because we’re used to people who engage in “fun control” as a way to manipulate us. It’s too easy to label things people enjoy as “bad,” which many have done throughout history. Often those people claiming fun was a problem had something to sell us or wanted to direct us to fulfill their agendas.

So, let’s address this: when can fun go wrong? Like any human activity, entertainment can become pathological or be misused or overdone. You can overdo anything, including things normally good for you.

By analyzing how fun things become unhealthy, we can prevent ourselves from making what we love into a trap. By understanding where fun turns into something else, we can help out those we care about who get into this state. Understanding where fun goes wrong also protects us from those trying to control our joy and creativity, as we’ll know when we’re in the wrong – so others can’t tell us what to do.

Think of it as looking for checkpoints to say “yeah, this has gone too far.”


Situation 1: Fun has gone bad when it eats away at the foundations of our life. When the things we indulge in take away from the good things, the supporting things in our life, there’s a problem. If our entertainments come at the cost of good friends, other releases, etc. we’ve taken it too far. This is especially easy if we’re having a stressful time and need to relax – we might over-relax as it were.

Situation 2: Fun goes bad when it can reinforce negative behaviors. Sometimes the things we enjoy might end up making some of our behaviors worse, even if they have value otherwise. I’ve encountered this where some video games are not to be played when in a frustrated mood as they may make me more frustrated. An obsessive person may find writing to not be relaxing when it plays to obsessions. Fun should bring out the best of us (or at least hold it at bay).

Situation 3: Fun can be pathological when it reinforces negative ideas. This is a tricky one, but sometimes our entertainments may, inadvertently, reinforce or introduce ideas or attitudes that are a problem. Ever see someone make a real-life argument based on a fictional scenario? Ever find someone relating to a character with flaws a bit too much that they miss the problems with the character and themselves?

Situation 4: Fun can lead to identification issues. Humans are creatures of community – to paraphrase Sir Pratchett, even the antisocial need someone to be antisocial at. The things we do for fun can be so opening and compelling we might over-identify with them and become upset to an inappropriate level when a show ends or a game has issues. We also mean that we take differences among people’s tastes more personal than we should.

Situation 5: Fun can be negative when it becomes so core to our identity that we loose touch. People can get obsessed about anything, from a job to a religion to a game to a book series. Becoming overly identified with something to the point where you’re less “you” and more ” a fan” isn’t healthy for anyone.

So there’s my checklist on “when fun goes bad?” It’s a way to ask “hey, did I take this too far?” Which is important, because . . .


It’s important to know when fun can go bad, or when an interest has negative side effects. This is because, as discussed, plenty of people will find a way to try to argue your kind of fun is BAD for their own reasons. When you can self-examine, then you know when someone is legitimately trying to help you versus control you – and you can help others.


So look, have fun, enjoy yourself. Keep a bit of self-awareness so fun keeps being fun for you.

Steven Savage

Steve’s Update 3/4/2019

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Here’s what’s going on with my projects! A lot of my time was taken up by some illness-related issues and general chaos.

So what have I done the last week?

  • Agile Creativity: The print copy of of the book is out!
  • Way With Worlds: The city book is now off to the editor.
  • Expanded Distribution: All my career books are out in expanded distribution! The only thing is I’m not putting them on yet – didn’t seem appropriate.
  • Other: I put my creativity books into their own series, Steve’s Creative Advice. And yes, I’m keeping these grouped books low-key title wise as they cover diverse subjects.

What’s next?

  • Way With Worlds: It’s probably 1-2 weeks to get the edited copy back. I’ll likely plot the next book soon. As noted, my goal is to keep these coming out constantly, low-level.
  • Seventh Sanctum: I may tackle a new generator. I also plan to start on my book on procedural generation!
  • Expanded Distribution: I’ll start putting out my creativity books next!

Steven Savage

Steve’s Books 2/27/2019

Since I write a lot, every month or so I’m going to post a list of ALL my books so folks are aware of them and can find them in one easy place.

Here’s a complete list of all the books I have available for folks interested in creativity, geekery, worldbuilding, and careers. Man, 24 of them so far . . .

Also you’ll notice the expanded distribution – this is ongoing, so if something’s not on the device you want, check back, it may be in the future. You can find all of them at


  • A Bridge To The Quiet Planet: A Tale Of Dead Gods And Living Stories – Kindle, Print


  • Her Eternal Moonlight: Sailor Moon’s Female Fans In North America, An Unauthorized Examination – Print, Kindle

Worldbuilding – Core

Worldbuilding – Specific Subjects


Job Search And Careers

Geeky Careers

  • Focused Fandom: Cosplay, Costuming, and Careers – Print, Kindle
  • Focused Fandom: Fanart, Fanartists, and Careers – Print, Kindle
  • Convention Career Connection – Print, Kindle

Free Stuff

Steve’s Update 2/24/2019

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Here’s what’s going on with my projects!

So what have I done the last week?

  • Agile Creativity: The print copy of the book should be done this week – I have the (hopeful) last draft in the mail.
  • Way With Worlds: The city book has more questions entered. Really, not sure how much to update.
  • Brainstorm Book: The Brainstorm Book is out! – and it’s got wide distribution!
  • Seventh Sanctum: I’ve got the new Elemental Monster generator out! On top of that I’ve updated the Nexus with more creative resources!
  • Expanded Distribution: I’ve been expanding the distribution of my books, starting with Epic Resume Go! By the way it takes a week or two for a book to hit all markets, so be warned.

What’s next?

  • Agile Creativity: I’ll sign off on the print book this week (hopefully early)
  • Way With Worlds: The new book will go to the editor end of this week! So get ready for a new one end of the month of March!
  • Seventh Sanctum: Probably a bit of a break.
  • Expanded Distribution I will keep moving more books to wide distribution!

Steven Savage