Thursday, March 29, 2012

Busy Bees Never Sleep

   At least it feels that way! In an effort to help others in their quest for success I have begun a new page and started featuring books. OH MY! I never thought I would get the response I did. To keep people from waiting months at a time for me to get to their book up I decided that opening a new page would be best.I can tack on a new one when ever I need to with minimal fuse and still have room for my weekly helpful articles and musings
   On the book front Jerrod and Riley are now in London and S**t is about to hit the fan. I'm having a hard time trying to remember the romance in all of this though. This is going to be a fun edit! I just hope my editor is up for the task!I hope to be done by the end of this month though. I know I've said that for two months but I'm really going to buckle down and get it done this month. I have to, it's get it done or go broke. Sales of Hailey have finally stopped, (Took it long enough) and Crimson's paltry two downloads a week isn't enough for even a proof read.
    Well all in all between kids, books and blogs I'm as busy as ever. Maybe I should think about a real job..... Okay thought about it, not in this life time!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Writing is the hardest part

   Smashwords finally got Hailey's down off of Sony! Yay! So why oh why can't I concentrate? I thought once the stress of paycheck woes and KDP violations was put to rest I could finally focus on For The Heart of a Shifter. Try as I might I only managed a thousand words last night. The transition of getting them from Vegas to London is going so slow. I'm going to calm myself and maybe read a bit tonight and see if a little real relaxation will help me get back on track. So maybe in a couple of days I can give you guys a report of some real progress.

Monday, March 19, 2012

WIth a sigh of relief

After three weeks of waiting I can finally say, I got paid!  A big relief has finally swept over me. Now if I could just get smashwords to hurry up and take my book down off sony I would be in my version of heaven. Maybe with one worry off my shoulders I can get back to thinking on my book. A week has passed and I've barely been able to string two paragraphs to together.

Friday, March 16, 2012

As my little world turns

   Everything I have done in the last year has either been to write a book or to promote a book. Now that I have put all my eggs into one proverbial basket I'm looking at my ship sinking. I was notified a few days ago by KDP that my book Hailey's Coyote was never removed form Sony Ebooks store as I requested. This means that I am in violation of my contract with KDP.

   The sad part is that If I can't get this problem fixed, I lose everything I have worked for. They can and will with hold my KDP Select borrows earnings, they can and will ask me for compensation towards money already paid out, and they can and most likely will not let me publish with KDP any more.

   In coming to terms with the fact that Smashwords won't even answer my emails, I have taken a much more unorthodox method to removing Hailey's from Sony. I have uploaded a whole new file in the form of a short poem. I have uploaded a brand new cover, and am giving it away for free. I can't change the ISBN but hopefully it will work. I'm not sure what else to do. What makes it really bad was I took the book down three weeks before I ever signed on to KDP Select. I am really tired of companies thinking they can screw with us because we are self published. If a publishing house pulled books they would be gone before the end of the week.

  All this worry, not getting paid because of stupid little glitches, yep that's right. Still waiting to see December royalties. Smashwords and Sony and KDP doom. I haven't put even a few sentences into Heart of  a Shifter. I can't think. I'm really starting to rethink my plan of self publishing. Maybe I would be better off waiting for a bureaucrat to tell me I'm good enough.

Monday, March 12, 2012

MMM.. A Little Closer To The Sweet Spot

  It's almost time for me to wrap up For the heart of a shifter. This last month has been a series of ups and downs, disappointment with a little bit of joy to take the edge off. I hope that this novella will bring more readers into the Children Of Fury world and get them to take a chance on Jade. I'm sure they won't be disappointed if they do, it's just getting them there that seems to be the hard part. Getting ready to say goodbye to a couple of great characters always gets me a little bummed but I think I have decided to reprise their roles in Dark Fury.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Moving On

   I've decided to put the advice of a friend to use and move on. Finishing the current novella is more important than dwelling on the sales reports. Hopefully with enough good books out there people will be more likely to discover me. I've done that, read a book from an author I have never heard of before, Liked it and then promptly went out and bought everything they had ever written.
  So with renewed vigor I pounded out five thousand words last night. It may not sound like much but after the month I've been having it is triple what I'd been doing in a week. It's like the words just flowed from my fingertips. I love it when I get in the zone! I won't make the March 22 release date that I had been hoping for, but if I have more nights like that I'm sure it wont be too far off.
   Much love blogger friends

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Could Barely Even Give It Away

  So I have come to the sad conclusion that Crimson Fury will be going no where. Countless hours and more money than I should have spent on a book that has great reviews, but wont sell. Free day yesterday was a flop just over three hundred downloads. And the sale I managed to make today was offset by a refund! Probably some cheap wanker that thought it was still free.I said it to a friend last night and I'll say it again, maybe I should go back to writing trash and forget that I ever wrote a real book. Trash sells, real books don't.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Not In Any Way Shape Or Form

   This has been the most disappointing few days of my life. Hundreds of dollars spent to revamp my book and I still got bupkiss. I've sold one, count them on one little finger, one book of Crimson Fury. Granted I raised my price by two dollars, but I would have thought at least with the new cover it would have attracted a little more attention by now. I'm still going through with the free promo, so those of you who were waiting for that don't worry.All I can do is finish up For The Heart Of A Shifter now and hope it draws some attention Crimson's way. I'm wallowing, I;ll admit it. Wallowing in my own pit of self depreciation.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Crimson Fury is done and live on amazon!

  My wonderful team and I, yep that's right I have a team now, have gotten Crimson Fury ready for it's re-release in just a few weeks. A feet that even my editor didn't think would happen. She was sure we wouldn't make my March first release date. But we did and I am so excited to see how it does. For all my blogger friends I have a heads up, the new version of Crimson Fury will be free March fifth in celebration of it's re release. Get it if you haven't already, because of editing costs and cover art I have raised the price. So if you're looking for a free one here is your chance.
 Much love,