Literary Humor – Diary of a ‘Mad’ Indie Writer

January 17, 2020

“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.”  – Salvador Dali

There are two questions this Indie Author gets asked on a regular basis.

  1. Are you working on a new book?
  2. When will you be releasing your next book?

My ‘tongue in cheek’ response to each question is as follows.

  1. I’m still waiting to see if anyone decides to purchase my previous book before I start a new one. Oh, by-the-way, did you buy a copy of my previous book?
  2. My next book was released three weeks ago.

Big smile, followed by wicked laughter.

Regards – ‘Mad’ Indie Writer.

 

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Literary Humor – Diary of a ‘Mad’ Indie Writer

January 10, 2020

Only 10 days into the month and I’m already reminded why I dislike January.

I celebrated another Birthday the other day, and don’t get me wrong, being alive is immeasurably better than the alternative, but getting old stinks. Whoever it was that sold me the bill of goods about how I was going to enjoy my ‘golden years’ is lucky that I’m too old to remember who he or she was who said it and too tired to do anything about it.

At my age, another Birthday is just a reminder of my mortality and the awareness of the slow and frustrating erosion of one’s mind and body. I wish there were a body parts scrap yard, because I could sure use few replacement parts.

Hmm! That sounds like it might have the makings of a gory, but interesting short story. 🙂

January is also a stark reminder that the December books sales euphoria was just a temporary high and that January has arrived to give me a swift kick in the teeth to jog my memory that December was indeed an illusion.

Seven years and 6 published books into the Indie Writing experience and I’m still trying to figure out what it takes for readers to discover my books.

This is probably why I’m a ‘Mad’ Indie Writer.

In the words of the great Salvador Dali ….

“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.”

 

 

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The Year in Review – 2019

My so called ‘career’ as an Independent Author was filled with mostly positive experiences in 2019. Here’s a short recap of what was accomplished.

Book Sales

Thanks to a surge in sales during the month of December, my overall books sales increased slightly from 722 in 2018 to 727 in 2019. All-time book sales reached 2,538.

KENP

Kindle Edition Normalized Page reads finished at an all-time high in 2019.

The graph below shows the number of Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) read by Kindle users who borrow my eBooks from Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL).

As you can see, I just hit an annual all-time high of 15, 680 pages read in 2019.

Book Reviews

I was very pleased with the increase in book reviews over the past year.

2019 AMAZON REVIEWS = 19

2019 GOODREADS WRITTEN REVIEWS = 8

2019 GOODREADS STAR RATINGS = 20

Thank you to everyone who took the time to review one of my books.

2019 Royal Palm Literary Awards (Florida Writers Association)

Once again I was fortunate enough to have one of my short stories, Blame It on the Weather as a finalist list in the Short Story genre for a Royal Palm Literary Award. Although I did not win, it was still an honor to make the finals.

I also had the good fortune of having one of my stories, Elevated Madness chosen for inclusion in Writers at Work – Volume 11, the 2019 collection of short stories written by members of the Florida Writers Association.

Looking Forward

I have no idea what creative endeavors the year 2020 will bring, but I’m looking forward to finding out. Thank you for following me on this Blog and on my Face Book page. Let’s hope that 2020 is filled with love, peace, good health, wonderful surprises and productive writing and reading experiences.

Peace my Friends

John

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Love My New Bookends

This Christmas I received some new bookends from my Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law and I just had to show them off. They are so cool and look great on my desk.

 

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Seasons Greetings!

Dear Readers – Wishing you love, happiness and peace for the Holiday Season!

 

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2,500 Books Sold

Awesome News of the Day.

It took about six and a half years, but I finally sold my 2,500th book.   Woo Hoo!

Thank You from the bottom of my heart to everyone who purchased and read one of my books.  I sincerely hope they’ve given you as much joy reading them, as I’ve had writing them.

Thank You & Happy Reading!

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Celebrating a Milestone

The graph below shows the number of Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) read by Kindle users who borrow my eBooks from Kindle Unlimited (KU) and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL).

As you can see, I just hit an annual all-time high of 13, 853 pages read in 2019.

Thank you so much to anyone who bought or borrowed one (or more) of my eBooks, and read them on their Kindle Device or App.

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A Very Furry Christmas: 5 Misconceptions

  1. Although this book has a cute kitten on the front cover, it was not written for children. The stories have adult themes and would probably not be enjoyed or understood by anyone who isn’t at least 15 years or older.
  2. Even though the Christmas season is the back drop for these stories, the tales are not so much about Christmas as they are about the interaction and relationship between humans and their pets. The main focus is on cats and to a lesser degree dogs, but the reader could probably substitute any animal they care for and love into the stories.
  3. These stories deal with real life situations and therefore may touch the reader emotionally. This would explain why some have described this book using words like, ‘a tear jerker’ or ‘not what I expected’.
  4. I believe we can triumph from human tragedy, so don’t expect sad endings. My goal when writing this book was to have positive, life affirming and happy endings. Yes, faith plays a role in these stories, but it is not the primary focus.
  5. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you don’t have to be a pet owner or even a pet lover to thoroughly enjoy these stories. All you need is an open and caring heart.

Seasons Greetings

John

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Literary Humor Friday

This is what happens to older printers…… like me. 🙂

 

 

 

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‘A Very Furry Christmas’ chosen as Book of the Week

Dear Readers, I have some wonderful news I’d like to share with you.

The nice folks at Bookworks.com just informed me that my book, A Very Furry Christmas has been chosen as Book of the Week on their website.

You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/34L5qoY

I’d like to send a special thank you to Christi Love, Creative Director at BOOKWORKS LLC for featuring my book.

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