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Are Free Books Worth The Cost?

In the beginning of July, I had an idea to help promote my books. I decided to make Copy Bird free on Amazon. It's quite a process to get Amazon to offer your book for free, because they require a price of $0.99 US or higher to sell eBooks with them. I got around this by putting the story up for free on Smashwords, which in turn makes it free to the retailers that Smashwords distributes to, such as Apple, Sony, and Kobo. When Amazon's bots find the book cheaper on other sites and/or you tell them that another site is selling the book cheaper on the book's Amazon product page, they will match it.
Copy Bird went free on Amazon in the beginning of August. I thought it was a resounding success! So much so that I made this face:

Note: Photo not taken at actual time of free offer.
During the time that it was free, about a month and a half, around 4,800 eBooks sold. Of course, the money I made on those sales was a big, fat zero. But, I reasoned this would give me good exposure, and …

Miscorrection: Preludes

It is a time of great change for the solar system. A group of rebels called the Karhath plot to take control of the planets.
A man named Daniel threatens to make the Karhath mission a failure by means of his wise, yet risky political moves.
Even if Daniel should succeed, the Karhath will stop at nothing to attain the power they strive to attain.

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Print edition available at Amazon and CreateSpace.
Miscorrection: Preludes
Over the course of three to four years, I came up with a story during my commute to work. As I thought about this story, I came up with the major plot points, cliffhangers, characters, and so on. But there was one problem: I never wrote the story!
Then, in early 2010, I noticed that Amazon offered the ability for any writer to self-publish their works on the Kindle. This excited me as I realized this would be a great avenue (along with all the others I have discovered) for me to write my story. I didn’t want to write a novel th…

The Forever Process

There's something that has happened as I continue to write my long story. Each day I chip away at finishing it, averaging around 1,000 words per day. It's amazing to think I have crossed the 30,000 word threshold now. Looking back at the past month of writing, it feels like forever ago that I started. How much closer am I to the finish? I'm not quite sure because I don't know what the final word count will be.  I could be halfway done or a third done. Who knows? I'm writing the story to its natural length and not setting a specific word count for completion. If I do this, I may add or subtract from the story, which in my opinion would be detrimental.

Here's a case in point. My last post mentioned that I have found I'm deviating from my original outline for the story. This is not a problem, because the story has become better because of it. This past week another similar breakthrough happened. As the story took shape in the writing, I realized some of the plo…

eBook Subscription Service

UPDATE: I contacted Amazon about this rumor, and their response was that they have not announced anything about a subscription based service at this time.
There is a rumor going around that Amazon is in talks with publishers to create a subscription based service for the Kindle. This would most likely mean that for a monthly fee, you could download and read an unlimited number of books. Here's the article if you're interested: Amazon In Talks To Launch Digital Book Library: WSJ.
Of course,  the big publishers are probably going to scoff at this. They will probably see it as a money loser and something that could devalue books. This is rubbish thinking though. Look at Netflix, Zune, and Spotify. They have subscriptions for movies and music, yet I don't see it hurting their value. DVDs, MP3s, and CDs still have the same value.
That's why self-published authors need to jump on this bandwagon now. Better to be on in the beginning of a major change than the end. This is a grea…

The "The"

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Here's a thought: Write an outline for your novel idea. Make sure you have the characters clearly in mind. Make sure you have your plot points to the fore. Start writing that novel. Look back at your outline and ask "Why are these two things so different?" In your best Sesame Street tune sing, "Does one of these things not belong here? Is one of these things not the same?"
That's what I'm going through now with Fram Gage & T.I.A. I mentioned this in my previous post, but I thought I would expand on it here. While my outline helped me focus the story, it was abstract. I hadn't dived into developing the characters, the scenery, and so on. I had a shell or bowl. The ideas that would hold the story and cradle it gently. Let's face it though, an empty bowl is boring. Nobody wants to be handed an empty bowl…

How to Publish and Distribute eBooks with Smashwords

Many people are diving into the field of self-publishing. And why not? It is so simple to do this now. Between Smashwords, PubIt, and Kindle Digital Publishing, there are plenty of ways to get your eBook put out there for millions of people to discover.
Of the three platforms, I'm a huge advocate of Smashwords. Even though they have a smaller market share than Amazon, Smashwords is set up with the indie author in mind. They give you the biggest commissions, they covert your eBook to just about every format you could want, and they distribute your eBook to other retailers like iBooks, Kobo, Diesel, and more. They offer all this service at no extra cost.
But your real question is probably, "How do I publish and distribute my eBooks with Smashwords?"
It's easier than you think.
First, go to Smashwords home page and click on "How To Publish On Smashwords" along the top of the page. This will walk you through the steps of creating your author/publishing account. It&…

August 2011 Sales Numbers

Another month has passed, and another month of book sales has happened. This month looked bleak, especially when compared with last month. But, in the last week of the month, things picked up. I sold more in the last week this month than any week before. Needless to say, this made me very happy.

During the month, I had three releases. They were Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 (eBook Edition), Unspoken Stories - Volume 1 (Print Edition), and the last story in Book 1 of the Miscorrection series, Sundown, which I published during Hurricane Irene (pretty impressive, right?).

Another signficant number not listed below is the sales for Copy Bird. For about a month, I attempted to get Amazon to put the short story up for free, and they finally did! Current sales stand at almost 4,500. That number makes me very happy because it means I got some of the exposure I wanted from the sale. Had it gone free and I only sold say 400, I would have considered the marketing attempt a dud. If you haven't re…