Katharine Miller's Blog

May 11, 2013

BORIS: ROBOT OF LEISURE began as a series in 2010, with each installment focused on a singular challenge and resolution including dashed expectations, loneliness, interpersonal conflict and purpose in life. The dark themes of the story are offset by absurd and whimsical situations. Readers take delight in this deceptively simple story full of humanity and wonder. ROBOT OF LEISURE is still available in its original serial format for digital editions, while the Complete Series, which wrapped in late 2012, has been combined into a single 230-page paperback.

BORIS: ROBOT OF LEISURE is completely self-published by artist Katharine Miller under the imprint of Grawlix Interrobang. The project has been entirely self-funded until now. Funds raised through Indiegogo will cover printing, shipping, and marketing materials serving the ROBOT OF LEISURE brand. Any additional funding received will be put toward a book launch/tour, convention fees, or other ROBOT OF LEISURE promotional needs and appearances.

Anyone who contributes $25 or more is essentially placing an order for the print edition of BORIS ROBOT OF LEISURE at cost (printed book + shipping) and getting it for $10 less than the list price on Amazon.com. Donations of more than $25 will go toward printing copies for book fairs, comic book stores, and book reviewers.

Contribute money, likes, retweets, and shares via BORIS Robot of Leisure|Indiegogo.

Thanks! Boris loves you!
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Published on May 11, 2013 16:43 • 37 views • Tags: crowdfunding, graphic-novel, indiegogo, kickstarter, robot-comic-book, self-publishing

November 20, 2012

We live in the future—a glorious future wherein you can browse a catalog on a picture box, purchase items from merchants big and small, and have those items delivered to your doorstep all without the hassle of putting on pants. So why would you endanger your sanity or your life to battle with traffic, crowds, and surly store staff this week?

Maybe you’re too smart (or cowardly) to brave crowds to get movie-playing technology for 85% at an hour best used for sleeping or watching the Forever Comfy infomercial. Instead, you’re overwhelmed by options and stumped for ideas to fill your obligatory gift-giving duties. Major retailers and independent merchants are all clamoring for your attention and (more importantly) your dollars. You’re facing an onslaught of sales adverts for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Pre-Boxing Day Sales, Last Chance Xmas Sales, and What-if-the-Mayans-Are-Right-Do-You-Really-Want-to-Die-Without-Ever-Owning-a-Flat-Screen-TV Sales. So paralyzed are you by the noise of it all that you’ll wind up waiting until the last minute and be stuck giving someone a bottle of perfume that is dusty and sticky because it’s been on the back on the shelf for three years. Nobody wants sticky dusty things in their stockings!

Take a breath. Relax. Let me take care of your holiday gifts this year.


Two of my books are still available for print this holiday season through Amazon.com.

30 Failures by Age 30 ($7.95) is a micro-memoir perfect for those places where you need a quick read—airports, waiting rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms—and the women's magazine you picked up has only feature stories on female genital mutilation in third world countries and a heartbreaking recollection of a mother dying of cancer. 30 Failures by Age 30 is light and fluffy and doesn't discuss genitals or disease (much). Reading 30 Failures by Age 30 is like reading marshmallows!

The Curable Romantic: Advice for the Romance-Impaired ($7.00) is a novelty book about relationships and is perfect for the unlucky-in-love person in your life. It's not quite self-help and it won't help anyone get dates but it's mostly inoffensive, avoids a lot of the traditional romantic cliches and is another quick-and-easy toilet read.

(I should stop promoting my books for the bathroom, but I really want people to stop using their electronic devices in there. Stop dropping your iPhones in the toilet! All that fine Chinese craftsmanship wasted! If you drop my book in the toilet, at least you can dry it off and recycle it.)

The print editions of 30 Failures by Age 30 and The Curable Romantic are both eligible for Amazon's 4-for-3 promotion (basically buy three, get one free). This quantity also qualifies for free shipping. So, if you go to the Amazon book links above, add four copies of one of the books to your cart, you can get some decent savings. See?

The Curable Romantic averages out at $5.25 per copy. 30 Failures averages out at $5.96 per copy. That's less than you'd pay if you bought it directly from me! Of course you can browse and find other books and whatnot that fit within the 4-for-3 promotion. Maybe you only want one copy of one of my books and three other things. And then maybe it works out that my book is the cheapest thing in your cart. You get my book for free, I still get a few coins and we all go home happy.


Maybe this is the year you finally shrink your carbon footprint and you're doing so by giving presents that don't require manufacturing or shipping. And maybe you've already donated money in people's names for worthy causes but there are some people on your list who bitch about donations not being "real presents." And you can't just not give them something because they're spouses of siblings or your cubicle mate or someone equally unavoidable. You could give them ebooks. (Yes, I know. Anyone who argues over what might or might not constitute a "real present" is perhaps not the target demographic for ebooks.)

Most ebooks can be read on most modern electronic devices. Even a PDA from 2003 (remember PDAs, you guys?). Even a clamshell iBook from 1999. But probably not on that word processor from the early 1990s, because that thing doesn't have the Internet and only reads floppy disks and you can't get floppy disks here in the future. You can't even get video cassette tapes to record things on your VCR anymore. Your VCR also will not read ebooks. But your computer will! And your smartphone!

All of my books, including the Robot of Leisure series, are available in digital format from a variety of ebook retailers. So if you're locked into buying books from one store because of device limitations or you're free to download ebooks from any source, you can purchase and read my books.

These pages will lead you to all the retailers selling my ebooks:

Get the 30 Failures by Age 30 ebook

Get the Robot of Leisure ebooks

(Apparently I've been lax in my promotion of The Curable Romantic, but it is available everywhere 30 Failures is sold.)

Right now, Kobo books offers a coupon code for 35% off your purchase: thankyou2012. So you can use that to scoop up all the Robot of Leisure ebooks. Keep an eye on Retail Me Not for coupon codes for online stores of any sort (I'm not getting any kickback for mentioning that site, so consider that a friendly tip).

If you're new to ebooks and want to check them out without investing in a specialty ebook reading device, all of the major ebook retailers (Amazon, B&N's Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, etc.) offer software to download and access ebooks. Or you can download Adobe Digital Editions or Calibre.


Maybe you're completely broke. Me too! That's why I'm giving you these free things to download that you can either keep for yourself or pass along.

Robot of Leisure #1: Boris and the Open House is available for free download from Kobo, iTunes, and directly from the ROL site. Download for yourself. Send the link(s) to friends and family. Post a review/rating if you're an opinionated sort. You can reward yourself with the other downloadables from Robot of Leisure.

You can also download PDFs of this monster paper doll or Boris paper doll and print out for the youths in your life.

Now you've done all your holiday shopping! Hooray! You've saved your sanity and maybe a few dollars. You've supported an independent artist instead of buying singing Justin Bieber toothbrushes at Walmart. And you didn't suffer bodily harm in pursuit of a pre-apocalypse television. Wins all around.

March 16, 2012

30 Failures by Age 30

My cover design for 30 FAILURES BY AGE 30 is the e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for February 2012 in Nonfiction at The Book Designer blog. Exclamation marks!

Each month, book designer Joel Friedlander presides over a contest for eBook cover designs. He picks the best of the lot in Fiction and Non-Fiction and puts a bunch of the entrants on display for a brief discussion of what works and doesn't work for ebook covers.

Here's what Mr. Friedlander had to say about 30 Failures:
"Clearly the best nonfiction cover this month. This cover design brings together a delightful tongue-in-cheek air with strong typography and the discipline of a limited palette. It stands out from the crowd and reflects the quirky humor and artistic sensibilities of the author. Well done."

Thanks to Joel Friedlander, my partner Kris for nominating me, and Art Frahm for the inspiration.
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Published on March 16, 2012 19:20 • 110 views • Tags: cover-design, design-award, ebook-cover, humor-cover

March 14, 2012

Since January 1, 2012, Boris has been appearing in a variety of costumes, silly hats, and season-appropriate activities as part of our "blank of the day" project.

Watch the video recap of January

Check in every day throughout 2012 to see our Robot of Leisure dolled up and decked out. Boris (and occasional friends) will pay tribute to celebrities and historical figures, celebrate time-honoured traditions, and make rare and obscure pop culture references. Since 2012 is a leap year, Boris gets an extra day to amuse you with his colourful antics.

If you’re new to Robot of Leisure and have never before met Boris, do take a peek at the official website and get a little background. Or simply have fun looking at a wonky robot in silly costumes!Katharine MillerRobot of Leisure #1: Boris and the Open HouseRobot of Leisure #2: Boris Makes a FriendRobot of Leisure #3: Boris Gets a VisitorRobot of Leisure #4: Boris Takes a Nap

February 16, 2012

Limited time offer: iBooks has given publishers the ability to issue promo codes (in very limited quantities). I am offering promo codes for Robot of Leisure 1-4.

Boris is a gentle little robot and deserves more love. I’m going back to work on the final two books of the series and would love to see a bigger audience and demand for more beyond the initial six books.

If you’ve got an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch with iOS 4.2, this is your chance to get FREE reading material for your little machine.

My only request is that you then go and rate the Robot of Leisure books in the iBooks store (and on Goodreads, if possible). After reading the books, of course.

Who’s in? Send me a direct message. First ten (10) responders get promo codes.
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Published on February 16, 2012 18:50 • 64 views • Tags: free-comic-book, free-ebook, graphic-novel-review, graphic-novels, ibooks, ipad, iphone, ipod-touch, itunes-books, promo, robots

February 12, 2012

It's that time of year again when couples are encouraged to celebrate their love and togetherness and everyone else gripes about the pervasive retina-searing pink and red candy boxes and armies of nude cherubs. Whether we like it or not, romance is on our minds.

As an alternative to flowers and candy and heart-shaped doo-dads, I'm offering the Kindle edition of The Curable Romantic: Advice for the Romance-Impaired for 99¢ through the rest of February.

The Curable Romantic is a hilarious handbook dedicated to love and relationships and how we handle them. The anthology’s four sections cover each phase of the modern romance—companionship, courtship, relationship and jumping ship. Each essay addresses critical concerns like who to date, how to choose an appropriate pet name, and what to do with keepsakes after a breakup.

The Curable Romantic makes a great gift for anyone who's ever been in a relationship — or looking for clever ways to get out of a relationship.

Get Kindle edition of The Curable Romantic: Advice for the Romance-Impaired for 99¢

That's cheaper than dollar store jelly beans, you guys! Get it! Gift it!