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The Magic of Marketing: A Cautionary Tale

Tweet Once upon a time there was a man named Aaron Pogue. He worked every day as a writer, and yet he dreamed every day of working as a writer. You see, he worked as a¬†technical¬†writer translating Engineer into English. But he wanted to be a fiction writer so he could translate words into dreams. […]

Pulp Ain’t Just in Oranges: Remaking a Synopsis into Promo Copy

Tweet Last time I explained how unexpectedly good promotional copy caused me to be crowned King of Promotional Copy. (Kings and czars? I definitely have delusions of grandeur.) This time, I’m going to tell you how a really good job making bad copy led to discovering the Consortium Formula for promotional copy. But before that, […]

Welcome to the New “Unstressed Syllables”

Tweet It took a little longer than I’d expected, but I’m proud to share with you the all-new Unstressed Syllables. This site used to be a place for me to keep friends and family updated on my writing and other projects. About a year ago I moved all that stuff over to AaronPogue.com. I also […]

A Peek Behind the Curtain, or, A Word from the Editor

Tweet Good morning, readers and writers! I’m Jessie Sanders. You may have heard of me. No? Well, that’s probably becuase I’m the editor. I’ve been editing my own work since I was a teenager. I come from a family of perfectionists and English majors, so I would often craft a few pages of a story […]

Book Reviewers Wanted!

Tweet I’ve posted recently concerning the importance of fans in the success of a new writer’s career. More specifically, I gave a laundry list of ways to support your favorite writer. Near the top of the list (and repeated more than once before the list was done) is the simple act of recommending the book […]

Five Ways to Support Your Favorite Writer

I’ve found self-publishing success without spending a dime on any kind of advertising. I’ve done it with a good story, some good sales copy…and good friends. This is a brief overview of the many ways my fans have contributed to my success.

Some Simple Advice for the Novice Storyteller

Tweet Part of my job these days–my actual job, for which I get paid–is being a writing coach. Obviously that’s most of the motivation for this site, too. And now that I’m finding some success as an indie writer, I even have fans contacting me to ask for tips on getting started as a storyteller. […]

Self-Publishing Success

Tweet Last week I talked about what a successful self-published author I’ve become. I followed that up with a description of the strange stumbling block I’ve placed in my own path. I suspect some of you would be a lot more interested in knowing how I found that success in the first place. That’s not […]

The Agents

Tweet I’m a hot commodity these days. No, really. Little ol’ me. You already know my books are selling well, but it gets bigger than that. Piper Back in January I received an email out of the blue. It came via the contact form here, and showed up in my Gmail. After some minor pleasantries, […]

A Writing Challenge

Tweet This blog post is coming to you extremely late. I’d have skipped it altogether, but I left you hanging last Tuesday and I really need to finish laying this foundation, because tomorrow we’re going to build on it. For what it’s worth: I’ve got a great excuse. I’ve just been so busy with the […]