Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sad Day

So many bad things have happened recently. But I'm going to focus on the good things. Thank you Miranda Moheit for two weeks of work. You tested the limits of my endurance and I passed. The money was sorely needed. The car now has a new battery terminal. Some guy from Ricks Fixit helped fix the car with some tools we lacked. I found a new mechanic. The lady with the county has found a way to help us stay in the Rv. Apparently you cannot live in an Rv unless you are in an Rv park. Zoning issue. But we have a solution. Now my wife is being harassed on Facebook by a man that assaulted her. My entire family knows now. My wife's family now knows. We tried to keep it secret because I cannot control these people at all. I'm the most sane one, and for all our flaws... You do not hurt a family member and get away.

Count your blessings not how many times Satan kicked you in the teeth today.
Book progress:

I'm eagerly awaiting the end of my kdp select commitment on Aug 14. I have my Nook account set up and ready to go. There are minuscule format differences but nothing major.

The outlines for books 4, 5, 6 are in progress. Book four outline is about done. Normally I don't do outlines but I want these last three books to be very tight with no loose ends.

I have an event this Saturday with Jody Denton in Bisbee at the VFW Car show. I hope to sell some books.

I am also eagerly awaiting to hear back from a potential publisher.

Now that I no longer have a job I can work on my books.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book 3: By Lantern's Light COVER REVEAL!!!!

I shot some photos with the model Katherine Ray last weekend trying for a good cover for book 3. I was getting frustrated. It was late. Finally we started to improvise a little bit and got the shot you see on the cover. It was one of the last we took after two hours of trying to get things just right. I have this vision in my head and I could not get it to match up with what I was capturing in my camera.

It is very hard to shoot with lantern light. I used my Pentax ist-DL that is nearly 8 years old, with a vintage Pentax SMC lense from the 1970s that I found at goodwill for $14. We finally got the perfect image.

The next worse thing was trying to get the eye glow right. Holy crap! I don't know how to use photoshop well. I look up tutorials and mess with stuff till it looks cool. The eyes took hours.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Pricing. Shit Job, Shit Pay.

   I have been struggling with what to price book 3. I recently raised the price on book 2. Oddly enough, it started selling better. Go figure. I want to make money. I have a family to feed. I don't want to price it too high for the market. I am still an unproven Author in the eyes of the consumer. I don't feel I can command a $2.99 price tag.
   My plan is to price book 3 at $1.99 just like book 2. I'll offer promotions for book 1 for free.

Book 1: The Girl With No Name will always be $.99. I wish I could make it Perma Free.
Book 2: Aluminum Butterflies will probably stay at $1.99. I will never offer it for free. It's not logical. No one is going to read the second installment of a series without reading the first, even if its free.
Book 3: By Lantern's Light will likely be priced at $1.99. It won't be free either. Same reasons.

I have several Ideas kicking around in my head for other books. I want to try and finish my Sci-Fi work. I don't think I will do a series, just a novella.

Another Idea is a companion book about how to survive in the Apocalypse, based heavily on the series using examples and in depth explanations or something.

However, I am having to take a shit job for shit pay. I don't know how much time I will have to devote to writing and promoting, especially when I make less than $.35 a day.