I’ve gotten some feedback on this newsletter [2017-08-15]

I’ve been getting a lot of constructive feedback on both my website and this newsletter and I’ve been thinking about it.

The most common thing I get is that things are confusing. My site says I’m a cyberpunk author, and it has some of my writing, but it mostly seems focused on teaching writing business and marketing.

Plus, then there’s old game design stuff and people are grabbing the free GDD template but they don’t care about writing.

People aren’t totally sure of what I do because of this. I’m going in too many different directions.

It is true that I work on a lot of different things and I have a lot of plans, but everything needs to be separate so that it’s not confusing. Here’s the plan for the future:

  • GarrettMickley.com – was where I showcase my cyberpunk writing, will transition to be an information hub for all of my projects.
  • Approaching Utopia – a cyberpunk fiction open source world building project (not yet launched).
  • TheCodex.co – a cyberpunk non-fiction podcast/news/opinion publication (not yet launched).
  • MarketYourWriting.com – a site that will teach how to market writing (not yet launched).
  • Various short and long stories.
  • Various games, large and small.

From here on out, this newsletter will be focused on a general update of everything I’m working on. As each thing launches in the future, I’ll be sure to mention it here and you will be able to add yourself to that particular project’s mailing list as well.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week 🙂

P.S. don’t forget Acorns wants to give you $255 this month. Click here to find out more.

Want $250 for doing practically nothing?

I just found out that Acorns, the set-and-forget investing app, is giving away $200 + $5 for every referral you make this month (August 2017). Plus, they’ll give you (and me) an extra $5 if you sign up through my referral link (if you don’t already have an account).

I’m going to show you how to get your free money:

Step 1: Get an Acorns Account

If you already have one, skip this step.

Click here to sign up for an account through my referral link.

Step 2: Find your referral link

Once you’re logged in, there’s a link in the left side navigation. Click that and it will take you to a page with your referral link.

Step 3: Share the referral link

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Text message everyone you know who might be interested and just ask if they’re interested. Don’t send the link yet. Just say something like “Hey, we’ve discussed getting started in investing before but we didn’t know how to do it. If I found a way to easily get started investing, would you be interested?” When they say yes, send them back something like “This app does all the heavy lifting for us, and it only costs $1 per month. Plus they’ll give us each $5 for free if you sign up through my link: [your referral link]”. If they say no, just thank them for their time and don’t bring it up again.
  2. Repeat this process on Facebook.
  3. Repeat this process on Twitter.
  4. Send out an email like this one to your followers.
  5. Be sure to tell them all about the bonus $200 this month!

You only need 10 people to sign up to get the bonus $200, so: the $5 from me, plus the $50 from 10 people, plus the $200 bonus = free $255.

It’s not a multi-level marketing scheme. It’s just a referral bonus. Plus, it’s money going into your investment account. Watch it grow.

And let’s not forget the real reason we’re here: to grow our revenue. Don’t forget to check out Acorns’ other features such as auto-round up and recurring investments. Set your investment on autopilot.

What is Acorns?

Acorns is a “micro-investing” app that basically sets up an investment portfolio for you on auto-pilot. You can set it up to start growing your wealth and never touch it again until you’re ready to withdrawal (which you can do at any time). Every dollar you invest is automatically diversified across 7,000 stocks and bonds to help improve your return while reducing risk.

It only costs $1/month until you have over $5000, then it’s just 0.25% per year. At that point, it’s so far less than what you’re making in interest you won’t even notice it.

I invested a lot into this a couple years ago and when I needed it, I was able to withdrawal and use the money immediately. Now, I’m back in a position that I’m investing again.

Things to keep in mind about investing:

  • It goes up and down over time…don’t stress about it.
  • The longer you keep it in there, the more of a chance you have of making a return on your investment.
  • Average of 10 years is usually around 11%+ (last I read)
  • According to President Donald Trump’s Twitter (take that as you will), the stock market is just getting better and better. Now’s the time to invest.

Look, if you don’t want to invest, just get your $255 and withdrawal it in a month. I don’t recommend that…but you can do it if you want to. Either way, you’re getting free money.

It’s Amazon Prime Day, how can that benefit you as a writer and reader?


I’m not one to promote consumerism. I’ve been (slowly) working towards building a minimalist lifestyle and I’m not a huge fan of capitalism (we can talk about that another time), so days like Prime Day and Black Friday don’t align with my ideals.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways they can benefit us. I also wouldn’t ever recommend a product or service if I didn’t truly believe it would bring value to your life. I will never promote something just because I was paid to promote it.

As writers (which naturally makes us also readers), there are some cool things going on with Prime Day that I want to make sure you don’t miss.

First and foremost is the free Prime trial. You get a free month if you sign up through this link. If you don’t like it, cancel before your 30 days is up and you won’t be charged.

It’s worth it though, just for the free Kindle books. Of course there are other benefits like free two day shipping and access to Amazon Prime Video (like Netflix, but with different stuff).

Speaking of Kindle books, that leads me to the other awesome deal that benefits us as writers and readers.

Amazon has put big discounts on various models of their Kindle. Check them out here.

I use the cheapest, original Kindle myself. It was only like $50 when I bought it years ago (probably on a sale, like today). It sits on my bedside table and I use it to read all the time. I actually prefer to buy Kindle books over physical books myself. They’re often cheaper and they don’t take up any space in my home.

That’s all I got for you today! Like I said, I’m not here to promote consumerism — just things I think will be useful to you as a writer and reader. You can see the rest of the Prime deals (non writer and reader specific) here.

Let me know if you got anything cool that I should know about!

-Garrett Mickley



Take a break, you earned it. 2017-03-06 Newsletter

New from the Blog…

Actually, there’s nothing new on the blog this week. Over the past 5 days, I’ve been traveling and working a conference for my day job.

I’ve been working on a couple really cool blog posts that will be tutorials with pictures and stuff. I’m really excited to get those out to you this month, but they’re not quite ready yet.

Since I’ve been super busy and trying to get those out, I figured this week we would take a break from the blog and instead focus on creating those really valuable tutorial posts that will help game designers and developers take their marketing to the next level.

My advice for this week is to make sure you take breaks when you get overwhelmed. Sometimes things hit us all at once and we need to remember to step back and breathe before we start making irrational decisions (something I’m very likely to do when I start to panic).

What’s Garrett playing right now?


I’ve mostly just been playing Hearthstone lately. Trying to decide if I want to preorder the Ungoro expansion packs or not. I mean, you do get 10 extra booster packs. I don’t care about the card back but getting 10 extra booster packs might be worth it.

I’ve also been trying to knock out quests regularly so I can keep buying boosters from MSoG. There are some cards I still want for a druid deck and even though I probably have enough dust to craft all of them, I’m saving it until I see how the meta changes when Ungoro comes out and cards like Reno go away (can’t wait!).

What’s Garrett working on right now?

On my drive home from the conference I worked, I planned out an entire game in my head. I haven’t finished putting together the GDD, but I have started goofing around with the mechanics of the game and how it’s going to work.

It’s going to be like Oregon Trail, but on a different planet.

Right now I’m calling it “Crap, Our Leader Died” or COLD, but the name will most likely change before the game comes out.

As soon as I have something to show you, it’ll be here, so stay tuned.

Catch you on the flip-side!

Have a great week.

-Garrett Mickley

Consistency is the key to success. 2017-02-27 Newsletter


New from the Blog…

People are going to forget about you. They’re going to forget about your games, your art, your programming, and you.

Pretty terrifying right? No one wants to hear that. Sorry for being so harsh, but you’re not doing anything to remind them who you are.

That’s why you need to be consistent. Consistency is the key to being successful in anything, not just video game development.

Let’s start at the top…(click here to read the full blog post).

What’s Garrett playing right now?

Hidden Folks

First of all, I’m totally in love with the art. It’s simple in that it inspires me, a non-artist, to try and draw the art for my next game, but also so good that it shows the artist is clearly skilled and practiced at their craft.

I’m also super impressed with the game play in that I find it very calming. Great for people like me who have anxiety and generally freak out about literally everything.

I would be lying if I didn’t say that on rough days I sneak away to the bathroom to play Hidden Folks for a few minutes.

It’s basically a search-and-find type game, like Where’s Waldo or I Spy, but the sound effects are amazing and the art is perfect and I’m just really really into it right now. I can’t say enough good things about it.

I’m playing it on iOS but it looks like you can get it for various platforms.

What’s Garrett working on right now?

I actually have nothing to report on this because I’ve been 100% focused on the website, my blog posts, and this newsletter. Don’t worry though…I’ve recently been fooling around in Blender and Unity and I will be working on some gamedev very soon. Perhaps next week as this week I will be traveling for my day job.

Catch you on the flip-side!

Have a great week.

-Garrett Mickley

Don’t forget to change your socks. ~ 2017-02-23 Newsletter

Don't forget to change your socks.

There is one item of G.I. gear that can be the difference between a live grunt and a dead grunt. Socks, cushion, sole, O.D. green. Try and keep your feet dry when we’re out humpin’. I want you boys to remember to change your socks wherever we stop. – Lieutenant Dan, Forest Gump

Things change, and this newsletter is one of them.

First things first: the newsletter and blog post will now be coming on Mondays, starting this coming Monday. This, and the following changes, will help with the consistency of this newsletter. Coincidentally, that’s what next weeks blog post is all about, too. Consistency is key. We’ll talk more about that on Monday.

The newsletter is also changing format.

From now on you’ll get a summary of the blog post and a link to read the blog post on the website.

You’ll also get some other cool stuff like info on what games I’m working on and what games I’ve recently been playing, along with anything else I think you might find interesting.

Hit reply and let me know if that’s something you would be interested in.

Or tell me it’s a terrible idea, you don’t care, and all you want is the blog post emailed to you every week and no other correspondence.

You could shape the future of this newsletter.

-Garrett Mickley

Where were you the night of June 20th? – 07-01-2016 Newsletter

The light shining above you is so bright and focused on your face that you can’t see more than a foot away from you in any direction.

The detectives lean in and slide photographs across the table.

They know you committed the crime.

At least, that’s how it feels in an interview sometimes. Like you’re being interrogated.

I hate doing interviews, but the truth is that when you’re writing the right content, sometimes you have to interview someone. Maybe it’s the focus of the page, or maybe it’s just a few questions.

Either way, make it easy.

I wrote some tips on how to conduct a great interview. Check them out here: http://bit.ly/28Y2QhZ

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Garrett Mickley, GarrettMickley.com

P.S. Do you have any questions about writing creative content? Reply to this! Seriously. This isn’t noreply@garrettmickley.com (that’s not even a real email address). It comes straight back to my inbox. I’ll get your questions.

P.P.S. Did you know you can read old newsletters at GarrettMickley.com/newsletter?


You think you know everything, don’t you? – 06-24-2016 Newsletter

I’m just kidding. You probably don’t think that at all. You’re a pretty rad individual so I doubt you’re that self absorbed.

But you do know a lot of things. A lot of those things you know are things other people don’t know.

You should be writing about them. No, seriously. You should be writing about what you know. Educate the masses.

Or, at least educate your target audience.

There are a lot of benefits to writing what you know.

  1. You get it all out of your head, opening up for more information to come in.
  2. It’s out of the way so you can begin researching what you don’t know.
  3. You build authority in that niche.
  4. You create products you can sell.
  5. And more…

This was the best advice I ever received: “Write what you know.”

I wrote about it (because I know it) here: http://bit.ly/28JEg3H

What do you know that you can write about today? Reply and let me know.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Garrett Mickley, GarrettMickley.com

P.S. Do you have any questions about writing creative non-fiction? Reply to this! Seriously. This isn’t noreply@garrettmickley.com (that’s not even a real email address). It comes straight back to my inbox. I’ll get your questions.

P.P.S. Did you know you can read old newsletters at GarrettMickley.com/newsletter?


Content Marketing Is How You Will Beat Your Competitors – 06-17-2016 Newsletter

Hey, I need to make this week’s newsletter quick because I’m about to head to a funeral. Bummer, right? So it goes.

I didn’t even write a blog post this week, but I did write something that will help you beat out your competitors.

As a writer, you’re competing with every other writer out there and it’s tough. Most of them are undercutting you.

Have you tried content marketing?

Two things:

  1. You can use content marketing to advertise yourself and get more clients.
  2. You can become a content writer to get paid big bucks from your clients.

Check out this case study I wrote about content marketing: bit.ly/1U4aEPK

In the near future, I’ll write more about it so you can learn how to do it for yourself and your clients.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Garrett Mickley, GarrettMickley.com

P.S. Do you have any questions about writing creative non-fiction? Reply to this! Seriously. This isn’t noreply@garrettmickley.com (that’s not even a real email address). It comes straight back to my inbox. I’ll get your questions.

P.P.S. Did you know you can read old newsletters at GarrettMickley.com/newsletter?

​Learn To Grow Your Audience Two Different Ways – June 10, 2016 Newsletter

This week, I wrote all about getting traffic to your content.

If you’re writing non-fiction on the web, you need to make sure you know how to write with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind.

Optimizing your content for search engines will bring you lots of traffic from people searching for the things you write about.

Whatever it is you’re writing about, I promise you: people are out there searching for it.

If you care about it, they care about it.

I wrote this pretty epic two parter that will get you started: http://bit.ly/1swmI5z

I also wrote about vlogging and social media this week.

If you’re not growing your audience through social channels, you need to check out this article: http://bit.ly/1Ya5I0E

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Garrett Mickley, GarrettMickley.com