Thursday, February 19, 2015

KDP Select FTW!

Greetings Fellow Readers,

I listed Shadow Galactic's relaunch on Amazon KDP, Apple iBooks, Nook Store and Google Play.  Only Amazon came through for me. As someone who knows very little about how to effectively market anything (let alone a self-published ebook), I made use of Google's and Apple's promotional tools.  Sales were not impacted at all by the either promotion.

Whatever else Amazon is doing, their KDP Select promotional tools have been highly effective.  So while I had resisted returning to the shackles of Amazon-exclusivity, it has provided the only effective promotional tools I have used to date.  As such, my amazing wife and partner in crime has pulled all but the Amazon link down.

I was going to write something about pay-to-play and its effect on the music industry then juxtapose that against the free to self-publish model, and the effects (both good and bad) that such models have had on both industries, but then I realized I'm not really qualified to rant about that.  =)  Happy Thursday, everyone!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Writing for the Sake of Writing

Greetings Fellow Readers,

Happy Tuesday!

For those of you still following, I issued a massive update to Shadow Galactic a couple weeks ago (almost 100,000+ words).  By now, the Amazon Kindle store should have issued an automatic update for everyone who still owns a copy.

I've also added Shadow Galactic to iBooks, Nook Press, and Google Play Books.  Yeah, I know I've been sitting on this book for a while now - it turned 2 years old on 1/22/15  - but between life and everything else that comes with it, it's been hard to find the time to complete something really new.  Plus, it's really a labor or love, as it turns out.  It's not a way to get rich, unless you're very lucky, very connected, or insanely talented.

But still I feel compelled to write.  Until now, I thought it was to write my own ticket, but since I've been chasing that rabbit for 21 years without any measurable financial success, I needed to ask myself why I really did it the first place, and why I still feel the calling every time I close my eyes.

Why?

Because it's part of who I am.  Writing is part of how I express myself, and it turns out I've always had great big stories to tell.  I know they're not perfect for everyone who reads them, but that's okay, because they're me.  They're a work in progress, just like me.  My writing voice cracks like the squeaky-voice teenager from the Simpsons, but the more I use it, the stronger and clearer it gets.

I've formed a writing group with my wife and best friends, and we're going over the prompts we want to work with tomorrow.  I'll be posting my pieces here, after they've gone through the wringer.

My heartfelt thanks goes out to everyone who still follows this blog.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Happy Return

Hey all, I'm back! Sorry for the extended absence, but I needed to hide in my cave for a while and take the editing cleaver to a lot of things.

I've folded in a lot of Shadow Divided into Shadow Galactic, and added a bunch of new material.  I've evened out the character growth pacing, and Amanda isn't nearly such a brat. ;)  So if you haven't updated your Shadow Galactic contact on Kindle, I encourage you to do so.

Also, I've expanded Shadow Galactic to include the Google Play, B&N Nook Press and Apple iBooks markets.

Thanks for reading!