Literary Humor

Ah! The sub, sub, sub-genres.  Been there. 🙂

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One Writer’s Imagination

As millions prepare to watch the rare solar eclipse, they have no idea of the strange occurrence happening on the other side of the Sun. . . .

 

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  LOL!

 

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Literary Humor

Hee! Hee! Ha! Ha! – Everyone’s a critic. 🙂

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A Successful Promotion

I just wanted to tell you how pleased I am with the results of the promotion this past weekend.

I gave away free copies of ONE SHOT TO THE HEAD: A Love Story and a large number of readers took advantage of my offer.

 

Results

  • Over 340 readers downloaded a copy of my eBook during the two day free period.
  • I received 2 new book reviews/ratings. One on Amazon and the other on  Goodreads.
  • My book made it to number 1 in the Kindle Store (subcategory) > Free Kindle Short Reads >  45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Romance.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded a copy of the eBook. Hope you enjoy the stories.

 

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One Shot To The Head – Free Download

Just a reminder.

You can download a free copy of One Shot To The Head today, August 13 by using this link to Amazon:

One Shot to the Head

If you prefer a paperback copy, you can purchase Moments in Time, which contains One Shot To The Head and other stories for  only $4.oo .

Purchase here:  Moments in Time

Thank you so much for your support. Hope you enjoy the stories.

JDO   

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Mystery/Thriller Free Book Promotion

Check out the awesome eBooks being offered for free, at this Mystery/Thriller eBook promotion. The promotion runs all day August 12th and 13th.

Use this link: Mystery-Thriller eBook Promotion

Although, I’m not participating in this free promo, you can download a free copy of my eBook, One Shot To The Head on August 12-13 by using this link to Amazon:  One Shot to the Head

Here’s your chance to pick up some wonderful reads, absolutely free.

Thank you for supporting Independent Authors.

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Literary Humor

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Some highs and lows of being an Independent Author

There are many great things about being an independent author and having the freedom to control and publish my own books, but there are also times when things aren’t so wonderful. Here are a few examples of my highs and lows.

High – The day one of my books is released to the world.

After months of writing, rewriting, editing, rewriting again, formatting, working with a cover design and finally uploading it for publication, there is no better feeling than the day I release one my book to the reading world.

On that day, I’m both happy and nervous, because even though I might believe it’s a great story, in the end it doesn’t matter what I believe, it’s what the reader thinks, that really matters.

Low – Realizing that my book is just a needle in a haystack.

After three or four weeks on Amazon without selling a single copy, reality hits, doubt creeps in and I begin to think that all my hard work was wasted and my optimism misplaced.

I finally breakdown, lower the price of the book from an already low price of $2.99 to $.99. I pay one of the many on-line book promotion sites to promote my book, knowing from previous experience that I probably won’t sell enough copies to break even. It’s a hit or miss process, sometimes I’ll sell a few copies and other times I will have wasted my time and money, but if I want to sell some books, it’s a necessary evil.

High – First book review.

There is no greater or more nerve wracking feeling than reading the first on-line review of one of my books. It doesn’t matter if the review is a good one (although I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t hope it was) or a bad one, hopefully it’s a constructive one.

Obviously, positive reviews do wonders for my self-esteem. For a brief time I even begin to believe that all the long hours and hard work are all worthwhile. 🙂

Low – Waiting months or years for that first review.

I don’t know about other independent writers, but reviews of my books are few and far between. One of my books took almost three years before it received a review on Amazon. I still have a couple of books without any reviews. It’s a bit disheartening, but its part of the process, all I can do is be patient and hope that someday, someone will take the time to submit a few words.

High – Proudly giving away books to people I respect and care about.

It’s always cool to give away books to people I respect and care about, especially those that enthusiastically appreciate receiving the book. It’s also nice when they give me words of encouragements and acknowledge that they’ve read the book and thought it wonderful or just okay.

I don’t expect everyone to like everything I write, so I’m not hurt or disappointed if someone tells me they weren’t crazy about the story or that it wasn’t one there favorite books I’ve written.

Low – Acting like tumbleweeds in the desert.

What is very disheartening, is giving away books to people whose opinion you care about and never hearing another word from them. It makes me wonder if they bothered to read it and if they did, did they hated it, like it or what?

It’s not that I want their pity or want them to lie, but it would be nice to know that they at least attempted to read my book. I would rather have them say, that it wasn’t there cup of tea or that they don’t like mysteries or that it wasn’t very good. At least then I would know where they stand.

As an author I have hopes and expectations of the person I give the book to, but obviously they have no obligation to meet my expectations. I guess that’s the disappointing part of giving books away. Oh well, it is, what it is.

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Best Sales Month Ever!

Awesome News

I sold 87 books in the month of July, That was my best sales month ever.

A big heartfelt thanks, to everyone who purchased one of my books.

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Literary Humor

My editor will appreciate this one.  🙂

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