NEW INTRODUCTION for White Shores!

NEW INTRODUCTION for White Shores!

Tweet So the original introduction for White Shores was an attempt at providing context – something I was told I needed and something I added without seeking as much advice as I should have. The result was what is known as an info dump. Basically me throwing information at you, not the most pleasant of experiences. The intro was more a hindrance to people than a help (something you may have experienced). I have since craved a rewrite, thought about it and longed for it and done nothing about it. Until finally I woke up one day and said “Dag nab it, me! I… you… we need to get this done!” And done we did. So the following is the new introduction to White Shores, updating on Kindle as we speak and soon to be found in the paperback...

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KDP Select – an Expirement

KDP Select – an Expirement

Tweet For those of you that have yet to hear of it, Amazon has opened a program it’s calling “KDP Select.” KDP standing for “Kindle Direct Publishing.” Basically it translates into this: if you distribute your ebook exclusively with us for 90 days we’ll let you give it away for free over the course of 5 of those days, and we’ll pay you for each time someone borrows your book with our lending program. Initially the thought scared me, Offer my book exclusively with Amazon? Never! But then I realized two things. One: it’s only temporary, I can opt back out after 90 days. Two: No one buys my book for any other e-reader anyways. According to my stats, only 9 people have ever bought my book for the Nook. That’s not...

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Can You Eat Rejection Letters?

Can You Eat Rejection Letters?

Tweet Because I get the feeling that if I were actively querying agents I’d be reduced to surviving off the returns. Thankfully I have a source of income aside from writing. I’ve played ‘starving artist’ long enough to know that the romance is largely nostalgic. Granted I regularly imagine moving to Paris to live off the paltry offerings of teaching English again. The 11 hour work week sounds enticing; I could really focus on writing. However I do recall it being difficult to focus on anything when your stomach is trying to digest your esophagus. Common sense will strike and save me in the end. Well… it probably won’t. But I guess I’ve always been a bit masochistic when it comes to financial stability. The point is that...

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The Time is Now

The Time is Now

Tweet As I write this, in my time zone, it’s July 20th. That means you need to get off your fat… wait… no stay on it and go to amazon right now. It’s time to make some history and propel The Vitalis Chronicles: White Shores to the bestseller’s list on Amazon today. The paperback (as of this moment) isn’t directly available on Amazon yet. They picked one copy up for $444 though (feel FREE to buy that one). It is on Barnes & Noble, and I won’t press you to buy it anywhere else. What if we got the kindle version on the bestseller list for Amazon, and the paperback on the list for B&N? THAT would be an accomplishment. So… sorry Amazon. Should have gotten on the ball sooner, now the paperback sales go to B&N....

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How to Pirate My eBook

How to Pirate My eBook

Tweet Yeah, that’s right. I’m about to tell you how you can effectively steal from me. Now that’s not to say I want to become a statistic, but I’m all for freedom of information. Truth be told, this is really about getting my book on any eReader you want. I’m all about not freedom from technological limitations – don’t restrict yourself. I don’t think you should have to buy my book three times in order to read it wherever you want. Or if the most unlikely of events occurs and your Amazon account gets nuked, who would want to re-purchase their books? Even though this does sound nice to my wallet. I think it’s trying to bite me as I write this actually… Point is this: if you own a Nook or a Sony Reader or...

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Hey Kindle Users

Hey Kindle Users

Tweet How’s this for a teaser? It’s pretty dang sexy if I do say so myself. The cover looks great in black and white, and the formatting process wasn’t nearly as demanding or daunting as I had expected it to be. You should have seen my first attempt at formatting for kindle, it was terrible. The layout looks nice. It’s simple, nothing near as fancy as the print version, but that’s what we’re going for with eReaders anyways, right? Customizability and simplicity. I still threw in some drop caps though. In the end I couldn’t resist. It’s crazy how different it looks from kindle to kindle. My buddy Cyle, for example, goes for the sans-serif/small font size styling. It looks insanely different, and I kind of like it....

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