.99 BookBub Sale is ON! “Would I Lie To You” on sale everywhere!

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Fingers crossed! Here on Amazon, here on iTunes via browser, and here on Nook! I only need to sell 420 copies @.99 to recoup my $140 investment. This sale is the first time I’ve had #1 in a series at .99, so it’ll be interesting to see how/if that impacts sales on Strength in Numbers at full price. I restarted audio on Apollo’s Curse this a.m., having decided that I needed to work on the audiobook that was closer to finished (55% vs. 35% for WILTY). I’m doing a lot of paid editing work in October, whoo hooo! So finances aren’t as tight. I really do need to be more relaxed to do narration well; it’s stressful enough as it is to focus and act and breathe etc. without other tension factors interfering. As for Game Theory, the last book in the Marc and Jesse trilogy (or at least in this cycle; there could be a new trilogy at some point), I’ll be working on that starting in December :0. Look for it in late [MORE]

ANOTHER lucrative KU scam ($2.4m+), audiobook news, and The Road Forward

September 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Yeah uh huh that’s right you know it. This guy just made off with AT LEAST $2,440,000 in KU 2.0 money. And nobody knows how much he made under the old “per borrow” system, but I bet it was like you know a LOT. Fuck KU. Fuck Amazon. So glad I’m out of that rotten system. The article’s author didn’t do all his homework, focusing on the jacking-up of sales ranks. But it’s apparent from this paragraph that (surprise!) of course the scam’s purpose was about KU borrowbux: Once the royalties (and refunds, rarely) begin to trickle in, the transactions are recorded in Amazon’s sales and royalties reports. Shershnyov’s royalty report showed that itemized revenues from the 11 master accounts generated $2.44 million since June 2015, which is when Amazon changed the terms in which authors were paid based on the number of books loaned. (It’s not known what was made during the six months prior to that, which was when the scam [MORE]

Audiobook Delay…

September 21, 2016 // 4 Comments

Yeah, shit happens. I was putting myself on a schedule I couldn’t keep, especially with some personal stuff going on. I’m taking some time to get that straight, and I’ll be back with more news when I have [MORE]

Lionel Shriver and “Writing The Other”

September 12, 2016 // 7 Comments

Lionel Shriver was recently burned at the stake for comments she made about “who gets to write what” at the Brisbane Writers Festival. The problem is, I’ve now read two widely-linked blog posts on it, and not one has quoted her verbatim, and I can’t find the actual transcript. [Edit 9/13; The Guardian published the speech today.] So I’m relying on the second hand testimony of people who didn’t like what they heard but didn’t quote it to source their arguments. Yassmin Abdel-Magied said of Shriver’s speech, “On and on it went. Rather than focus on the ultimate question around how we can know an experience we have not had, the argument became a tirade. It became about the fact that a white man should be able to write the experience of a young Nigerian woman and if he sells millions and does a ‘decent’ job — in the eyes of a white woman — he should not be questioned or pilloried in any way. It became about mocking those who ask people to seek [MORE]

“Would I Lie to You: The Audiobook” at 35%!

September 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’m about 5% behind my self-imposed schedule, but some mornings I just can’t meet quota on narration. My tonsils aren’t cooperating, or my sinuses, or the air quality, or the house clicks and clacks and creaks and forces retake after retake, or my stomach gurgles unremittingly, or Mr. Leonard decides that 5 am is when he finally wants to entertain himself by batting the scrunchie thingie around on the wooden floor upstairs. That said. It’s moving along. My goal is to get it done by the 23rd, a week before the BookBub. Given previous time frames between audiobook sub and pub, seven days is the least amount of time I can expect to wait. (And Authors Republic has told me that’s quite the unusually speedy time frame.) To think that the first audiobook took me, what? Eight months of trial and error? And I’m putting this together in…four weeks? I’m definitely getting better at this all the time. I had some interesting feedback on the [MORE]

Why my books would make GREAT movies!

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

I just reread A Great Prince, my only heteromance. (Well, setting aside my Angelina Vance 1930s divorce ranch/cowboy romance, which I may well reprint soon just because I have the rights back so why not.) With my poor Miss June recently deceased, I needed… escape. And I didn’t have a book at hand that would give me that. I noticed a couple of sales on AGP after a million years of none and thought, yeah, that one… And you know what? It’s so Hollywood. I was casting it in my head – Miles Teller as Nikolas (young, hot, and with that inner darkness that will really pop in a role like this) and Jennifer Lawrence as Francesca Albertine (tough, but vulnerable). I’m telling you, it’s gold. Okay, they won’t go for Miles Teller, and Jennifer Lawrence is booked till 2099, fine, but still. That’s how it played in my head yesterday. The whole story even had its genesis in targeted marketing. I read an article about the most popular Netflix [MORE]

First 3 Chapters of “Would I Lie to You: The Audiobook” now on SoundCloud!

September 4, 2016 // 6 Comments

This is looking good for end of September release: Not a lot of exclamation points today outside the obligatory one in the title – one of my cats passed away this week, quickly and inexplicably. And, well, if you’re an animal person, I don’t have to tell you, and if you’re not, I can’t. All the same, I’d committed to this end of September deadline, or more to the point, my September 30 BookBub for WILTY commits me to it if at all possible. And work helps. Beats the hell out of curling up in a ball, you know? I’ve got a “new sound,” I think – I started recording in the very early a.m., before my shower, before I leave the house. My pulse is lower, my voice hasn’t been exposed to any pollens or particulates, and I just sound…better, I think. You tell [MORE]

$30 to IAVA from “A Little Too Broken”! $5,050 and counting!

August 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

The ebook made $60 in August, and the audiobook version made $30, so in addition to the $5,050 donated so far to IAVA and other veterans’ orgs, I’ve got $140 in the “planned giving” account. If you’re new here, that means “I’m also donating half the audiobook proceeds, but not yet because I’m fucking broke.” I got my first sales figures from Given the Circumstances: The Audiobook! It made at least $330 in the first two weeks of release! That’s “at least” because some distis pay AuthorsRepublic on a quarterly basis, so there were sales I don’t see $ for until the end of October. The sales page says I moved 181 copies, but $330 ain’t right for that on a $15-20 title, so I have an email into them to get some clarity; I’m assuming those sales are the ones I don’t get paid for until after the quarter. And then of course there’s August, in which it became the #2 gayrom audiobook [MORE]

Out now! Colum and Viggo: THE WHOLE STORY

August 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L7SZXQO Yeah, it’s hard to say goodbye to the gents, but it’s time to accept that this series is a wrap. Of course, as we all know, nothing is forever in selfpub – someone famous might declare these stories The Greatest Thing in the History of Everything Ever, in which case of course my ass will be right back on the keyboard, spinnin’ gold. I didn’t run out of ideas by any means (I could have gone on through Byzantium, Arabia, and back to Rus, where one of Viggo’s descendants could have been the first Czar of the Russians), but the economic realities of pubbing 15-20k of well researched erotica are, well, not what they were when the series started. I knocked out the first three in short order back in the spring of 2013, when we all wrote to keywords and “barbarian” and “Viking” were the hot ones. Of course, most people were just saying, “he’s a Viking, here’s some sex,” [MORE]

Tradpub Thriller Idea, Last Character Sketch: Solange Pierre

August 26, 2016 // 2 Comments

This will be the last post, for now, on this idea. My bipolar mind wants a Miracle Day; it says, “It’s been five days! Nobody has broken down the door yet! It’s all for nothing!” I “know” that’s not true, but that nownownow part of my brain won’t believe it. It’s always been the case in my life that shit either happens fast, or not at all. Every time I’ve been left hanging, I’ve been left hanging. Besides, even thinking rationally, after I do this character sketch, there’s more than enough info for someone to say Yay or Nay on the idea. And I do have a book to ghostwrite for $$$ now! So I need to forcefully turn my brain away from this idea, until I can make some money and literally “buy time” to work on it again. (See? An author who can properly use the word “literally”! What’s not to love?) Also, Query Shark could take up to…90 days to post my query, if it makes it at all. Ay caramba. I could (theoretically) find an agent and even get [MORE]
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