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5 Things Every Author Website Needs

Here at Clockpunk Studios, author websites are what we do. While we also do websites for publishers, magazines, and other businesses, we got our start building author websites, and—as authors ourselves—author websites remain our passion. That’s why we try to make sure that every author website we build is tailored to the needs of the […]

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NaNoWriMo (Good God Y’all) What is it Good For?

While it’s a hugely popular pastime for a lot of writers in November, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, often gets a bad rap. Some people consider it “amateur hour,” while others bemoan an exercise that seems to prize quantity over quality. For NaNoWriMo devotees, though, these arguments miss the point completely. NaNoWriMo […]

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No One’s Afraid of a Painted Monster

Hey there, Clockpunk Studios readers… Orrin here! I write blog entries (like this one) and handle some of the social media stuff for Clockpunk Studios, including maintaining our Facebook and Twitter accounts. I’m also a freelance writer, and when I’m not composing blog posts, websites, and lengthy rants about monster movies, I write stories about […]

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Cons and Self Promotion

Clockpunk Studios is owned and staffed by writers—that’s why we’re so good at what we do. We know the writer lifestyle intimately, whether it’s the long hours you spend typing, the uncertainty you feel over self-promotion, the ways you use your blog vs. your social media. We even know all about cons. For example, this […]

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Finding an Audience Part 1: Make it Easier

Different people come to of writing for very different reasons, but there’s one thing that just about every writer wants: more books. No wait, maybe more time to read them? No, wait, I meant to say that every writer wants another cat. Wait, no, that’s not it either. Hm… oh, right, true as some of […]

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The Hugo Awards, 2015

The 2015 Hugos were rather more vexed than in previous years, due to one reason and another. We won’t get into the details here, but what might have been an interesting discussion about art, literature, publishing, and social trends became an relatively ugly brouhaha that both succeeded and failed to succeed in defining this year’s […]

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Don’t Feed the Trolls and Other Good Advice

Andy Warhol once said that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” There’s some dispute as to who actually coined the phrase, since a photographer named Nat Finkelstein claims that he said it to Warhol previously, and the basic idea dates back to before the Elizabethan era, when the phrase was “nine […]

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Welcome to the Writing Life

It’s no secret that the Internet loves certain things, with funny cat photos being maybe the most obvious example. A couple of other things that the Internet loves are lists and infographics. It makes sense; after all, there’s a lot to see on the Internet, and lists and infographics are good ways to pack a […]

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The Importance of Newsletter Signups

We’ve talked before about the advantages of a newsletter, but it never hurts to remind people of easy things they can do to effectively promote themselves. One of the most common questions we’re asked, either when talking to new clients, or when we go to cons, is “What are some results-oriented ways of promoting myself […]

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Get Your Website Ready for Summer Reading

Summer is a great time for reading. School’s out, and it’s probably too darned hot to do much of anything else. That’s why you see so many summer reading and “best books of the summer” lists floating around the Internet. But speaking of the Internet, technology is changing how we approach summer reading, just like […]

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