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Covid Got Me :(
November 15, 2023
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Covid Got Me :(
It has been….a week.
After nearly 4 years of dodging it, Covid finally caught up with me.
I was recently boosted, so presumably I got off easy, but it still sucked for the initial two days of intense full-body aches, congestion, barely any sleep, and brain fog (I’ve been largely asymptomatic since, thankfully).
While I’ve managed to keep my usual work schedule ticking along for the duration (the first draft for this week’s Let’s Know Things—scribbled while brain-fogged—needed a LOT of chiseling to sculpt into publishable shape), though, I’m calling in a sick day on this week’s newsletter essay. Apologies!
That said, a quick question:
I regularly have people ask where they can buy my books that is most financially beneficial to me—where I keep the most money after being charged for processing fees and such, basically.
Most intermediaries, while they provide benefits (like discoverability by people who don’t already know me or my work) take a decent chunk of the potential profits as a fee, so I haven’t had a great answer to that question.
I’m in the process of building a little online shop where I can sell my books myself (only suffering a very minor processing-fee ding), though, and where I may eventually add some other things I make, as well.
My question is this: What do you think I should call this online shop?
Colin’s E-Mart? Colin Wright’s Store? I’m struggling to come up with something suitable, so please reply to this email with your ideas :)
As long as this illness keeps trending as it’s been trending, I should be back next week with an actual essay—thanks for understanding!
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An abundance of old newsreels, by date and topic—really interesting archive!
Keeping the outro simple today, too, but here’s the retreat I’ll be speaking at in May, at a state park in Utah (and which I’m very much looking forward to), if you’re interested in being one of the few to attend (and nabbing the early bird discount)(please let me know if you have any questions about any of that).
Have any online store name ideas for me? Avoiding Covid this season, I hope? Tell me what’s been up in your neck of the woods by replying to this newsletter: I respond to every message I receive and would love to hear from you :)
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