Monday, May 30, 2011
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Am I to exist in a world without stilettos?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
«««« In the interest of full disclosure, author Kali Amanda Browne is a good friend but trust me, friendship doesn't mean much at all when it comes to novels. In fact, knowing the author often makes the reading experience an exercise in pain and anxiety. Trust me when I say, nothing is harder than reading a novel written by a friend. It's very difficult to separate the friend you know and love from the work of fiction in your hand. With JUSTIFIED, Kali Amanda Browne did the impossible: before the first chapter ended I was so deeply immersed in her fictional world that I forgot she had written it and settled in for a great read.
And JUSTIFIED is a great read. Murder, betrayal, sly humor, witty dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments interspersed with real emotion. The characters are real, the dialogue crackles, the ending surprises. What more can a reader ask for? Well, maybe one thing: a sequel featuring Carmen and Sean. Highly recommended.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Earlier this week, I decided to reedit an old series of stories and try a pricing experiment. It will be available for $2.99 shortly, weighing in at 4,749 words.
Here’s the short description:
Death is a fact of life. It happens to the best of us. It also brings out the worst in some people.
Sometimes, death shrouds itself in absurdity no matter how reverential one wants to be about it.
Based on a true story, Putting May to Rest is the height of absurdity, a satiric look at one family's funeral.
No matter how dysfunctional, this story is guaranteed to make even your family seem normal.
I’ll let you all know when it is converted and becomes available for sale.
Justified now has 20 downloads, so there is some action. The Kitchen Goddess cookbook is at over 900 downloads.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Justified has been approved and will be shipping shortly to the following retailers: Apple iBookstore, Diesel, Kobo, Scrollmotion and Sony. There are a few folks reading it now and there have been a few more downloads. I hope that these translate into sales and reviews, but it continues to be a work in progress. I do have a few dollars set aside as royalties and that is very encouraging.
I’m busy submitting the book for blog reviews and should start getting responses in the coming weeks.
The cookbook is at 863 downloads. That’s a lot of taste buds! I’m dying to know if any of these folks have tried one of the recipes. Of course, from my own experience I know that not every one who buys also reviews, but when you want one it can never come fast enough, can it?
The last few days I have been working on the details for character studies for the new project and defining the setting. I’m building a new
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Researching ways to promote the book, I came upon a fantastic website: In Reference to Murder. Wow! Really, that simple word covers it in spades: wow. The resources in that site are worth more than I can quantify. A lot of work and love went into putting all of that together and I am in absolute awe. There is so much good information there and a seemingly endless list of resources, it is literally possible to learn something new every day for a very long time!
That is very exciting.
It will be enormously helpful for adding authentic little touches to the next project. It is set in a far away future and not all the rules of law enforcement will apply, but murder doesn’t change much from century to century, does it?
Book sales for Justified are currently set at 15 downloads and 9 copies sold. Sales are slower than downloads and I expected that. I hope that those who downloaded will like what they read and will go back for more, of course. And once they finish it, I also hope they take the time to review the work. If they laud it, it will help in the long run. It may be a while before this part happens, but I am willing to wait it out.
The cookbook has truly surprised me. There are now over 700 downloads. The difference is that this one is free. I still await reviews on it.
Overall, I’d say that it is an auspicious beginning to my self-publishing career. There is bigger and better to look forward to and with every new project I can expect to improve on the previous one. Not that my work on the novel’s promotion is ended, but it is a good learning experience nonetheless.