Monthly Archive: October 2017

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An Hour of Giving

Nick Loper’s Side Hustle Nation is full of things you should be reading. He does a great podcast in which he interviews side hustlers, and this week he spoke to freelance photographer turned entrepreneurial coach Vincent Pugliese. As so often, the takeaways for me weren’t necessarily the obvious ones. Late into the episode, Pugliese talks about spending an hour a day on ‘giving back’. He admits he’s quite a selfish person, so has had to train himself to do this. But he spends an hour each day feeding back to people who have helped him, writing reviews, answering questions helpfully,...

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Crowdfunding an Academic Book: Robert Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn

In our first guest post, Farah Mendlesohn takes us through the process of crowdfunding her close reading of Robert Heinlein’s work. The campaign was a spectacular success, reaching 100% funding in only ten days. Farah is donating her entire author’s royalty to two charities, Con or Bust and America’s Blood Centers. You can learn more, and get your own copy, at Unbound. In 2015 I was commissioned to write a 60,000 word book about the science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein for a series called the Masters of Science Fiction for Illinois Press. Robert Heinlein is one of the giants of...