Read An Ebook Week runs from March 2 through March 8.
I do not know who had this idea, but was notified by my publisher. During this week, my books are available at 50% off. This reduces the excuse not to buy one of my ebooks by half.
Tell all your friends...if you have any you are not afraid of losing. Here'e the link, to save time looking':
Perceptive readers will have noticed some changes. Good for you.
Why the change? Because I could. The service provider offered new designs, so I played around and found one I like. Basically, I like the photo and the layout came with it. I could imagine sitting in one of those chairs on that beach and reading a book. I would even re-read one of mine, because I am a fan of my writing.
I have just revise Righteous Revenge, which I enjoyed doing and re-visiting. When I am able to overcome inertia, I will publish the changes for the world to ignore...
Alert readers should have noticed the change to the home page, which announces the arrival of the new paperback edition of Taken For A Ride.
This exciting novel (my opinion) about a kidnapping has revised content and a new cover, making it even better than the first editon (which all of you ignored).
Sorry about the price. If anyone is foolish enough to buy a real book...which is highly unlikely, because few of the 6.5 billion people on this planet know of its existence. Don't blame me for the high price, compared to ebooks. I earn less than 10% on each sale. If you follow the news, it's easy to guess who earns the most. That's the way publishing works and the plight of authors. Anyone too cheap to support a starving author can wait until the revised ebook version appears. If you cannot wait and are willing to spare so much loose change, you can click on the link on the "Where to buy" page.
Don't wait. Click on that page. Find the link. And, buy now. (If that sounds like pressure selling, it's supposed to be. All sales manuals stress the need to close the sale by telling people to act.)
I'm working on getting one of my books published in print form (Don't Fight Fate is already available as ebook). I am using Amazon's Createspace. Fortunately, I am not trying to feed my family with this labor.
After working for a considerable period of time on this bloody thing, I learned that each sale will earn me $1.55. That might sound like a lot, but Amazon will rake in $11.40 on each sale. And, they let me pay $25 to have the privilege of helping them make money off my labor. I can now relate to workers in China toiling away to make Apple products....
I do not recommend writing to any young person seeking a lucrative career. It is easier to make money off writers than to be a writer. This seems a bit screwy, since the author is the one doing all the difficult work.
I recently published a new novel as ebook. I make a bit of money and the publisher makes a bit of money. There is no paper involved, so no printer makes money. Sales are conducted over the internet, so retailers make no money (unless the title is sold on B&N, Apple, etc.) Still, the author earns more per sale than with print books.
Once the long struggle with writing is over, it is a pain to convert a book from ebook format to print format and vice versa. Once done, it can be uploaded to a number of print-on-demand publishers. I choose Amazon for my latest book, just for fun. To give you an idea of the economics (so you don't think that I am becoming rich), I earn $.62 per book, whereas Amazon collects $14.33 per sale. That's capitalism...
_ I have just finished my latest novel, which is my fifth. It is the literary equivalent of launching a space probe to search for life in the universe. It is about as easy to attract readers (unless one wants to spend a lot of money).
Now, I can finally get around to sending Christmas cards...
There is a sappy phrase about the “journey” being essential (this may be English, because I hear it a lot on British television), but writing a book is just that. It is a long and difficult slog from beginning to end. The easiest part is writing the first draft of the story...and then the frustrating process continues. Once on paper (and then in the word processor), it can be changed...and changed...and revised...and fixed...and revised...and so on, for what seems like forever. One does not write a novel, one re-writes a novel. Each word is frequently considered, weighed, and put to work, even if it might be chucked in the next draft. Phrases are written, moved, changed, discarded, added back...and still questioned. Words have too many synonyms to make life easy. Which one sounds best? Which subtle meaning works best?
Once you think that you are finished, then editing and proof-reading prove that you are not. During this phase, anything can change and much does. One learns that Word’s auto-correction tool for grammar and words is unreliable (and makes mistakes! For example, it now tells me to change “is” in the previous sentence to “are”, which would be incorrect.) Each paragraph, line, word, and punctuation point must be controlled and scrutinized. And, you will still find mistakes, because you read too quickly and have the bloody content engraved into your brain. Even worse, once it is finished and printed, you still discover something that you wished you had written differently...but it’s too late.
Still, it is an enjoyable pastime. One can travel anywhere in the world and to any period. One can meet new people and make them be as you would like them to be. If you do not like history or current events, you merely adjust things to your liking. Truth is not important, but plausibility and accuracy are. One can lie and make things up with impunity.
As my new baby floats off into uncharted territory, I will take some time off and then start re-writing the next one. Like an airplane engine that works best when not shut down, my brain needs to keep spinning.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.