July 2015

I Survived Black Wednesday! Doing OK in KU 2.0!

July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

If, that is, we are correctly interpreting the Kremlizon’s cryptic message (about pages read in May and fund $ in May) to mean that payment will be .0056 a page. Yeah, it looked like the END OF DAYS on July 1st, hereforeverafter known as Black Wednesday by selfpubbers everywhere. My income was cut in half on day 1, but, as of yesterday, has rebounded to the same income I had on June 30. And that’s with no “new” releases – the repub of Orland’s books has had a negligible effect on the total. Really, I discount the whole first week’s rise and fall as “Amazon fucking with shit and fixing software bugs.” Last # is today so far, so no, it’s not crashing. I did a freebie on “Given the Circumstances” that’s heavily impacted its borrow pages. I’m not sure if that’s because people who have KU downloaded the freebie as a borrow, or if the higher rank/visibility got more people to borrow it. Here’s [MORE]

Sent to Press! “A Serious Person” out today!

July 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Edit: It’s LIVE! Damn that’s fast when you don’t publish erotica… http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012NVPONG   Yep, the only other “Orland” book I wanted to republish, now “In Review” at the ‘zon. Man, did it ever need an edit. This light comedy went from 70k to 55k and it’s so much better for it. I had so many rants and asides and digressions… It was a great exercise for my editing muscles, for sure. I didn’t flog “Different People” because it was so “unBradlike” a novel, so dark and heavy, but this one? This one I’m gonna be logging the flogging hardcore. It’s still funny. Hell, it’s funnier now than it was then, in its New Revised Version. And the best part is, if it takes off, and I have a funny feeling it will, it literally buys me time for the werewolves. I’ve really felt under the gun about $$, and if this brings in said $$, I don’t have to rush [MORE]

Four (working) days left to finish “Werewolves of Brooklyn”

July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yeah, I’m close. I’ve cut a few scenes out of the rest of the outline that aren’t needed and that were gonna slow the pace. Scenes which also, admittedly, made me tired, thinking about “how much more” I had to write to finish. I don’t have to pack it all into this book – look, if it’s a success, More Can Be Revealed in a later book, if it’s a failure, well then onward and upward. So I have four scenes to write now, which will take the finished story to about 55k. And since, as always, I’ve been editing as I go, it won’t take much longer after that to finalize the story… Yeah, we’re on track for a pub date in the first week of August. I had a moment of exhaustion this morning, that sense of O WHAT’S THE USE, as I watch my income shrinking. But it passed. Because I thought, well, what’s the alternative to this life, this particular package of permanent pressures? Back to the cubicle? Back to [MORE]

Werewolf relaunch tomorrow!

July 20, 2015 // 5 Comments

Yeah, I’m seeing that I’ve been in a low-grade depression for about a month now, since, umm, let’s see…OH! Yeah. Since Amazon gave me my two weeks’ notice/pink slip in mid-June. It did feel that way, you know? Like you’ve been abruptly laid off, along with thousands of others. Like that falling sensation when you get called in for the bad news, the rug pulled out from under you, the future a gaping black maw inside which you can only see the sharp teeth of unpaid bills. No matter how you feel about the justness or unjustness of the change, this two weeks’ notice thing was bullshit. It was low-grade depression, not the paralytic kind. I kept writing, kept feeling around for new ways to make money, experimented with pulling the stepfuckers out of KU (a disaster, they’re back in), put myself out there for editing services, edited and repubbed some “Orland” books, started recording Bradiobooks… But the rest of my life [MORE]

And…ANOTHER Pinterest for Sexy Guys With Personality!

July 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

You know who I mean. There are so many pictures of stone faced hunks out there, with all the sex appeal of a box of cereal. These guys all have IT. You know IT when you see it. VGL yep, but also with the lights on upstairs. And what’s hotter than someone who has the imagination to really use all that lovely [MORE]

My Gay Agenda for the near future!

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’m taking a break from werewordin’. I’m torn – part of me (namely the part of my butt that registers the varying fatness of my wallet) is screaming O GOD I GOTTA FINISH AND PUBLISH NEED $$$ NOW NEW KU IS THE END OF DAYS. But another part of me knows that I need to step back for a few days. If this flies, there will be more in the series-we-don’t-call-series-anymore-because-then-nobody-buys-the-first-book. And Duke Daniel, the villain of this book, is calling to me via this photo seen here. He’s been corrupted, but there’s a reason for it, and I don’t know that reason yet, but he’s more complicated than the Snidely Whiplashery I originally had in mind for him. So I can’t just kill him off, either. So I need to think. Shit. Thinking costs time costs money. Fuck! But, my diversification project proceeds apace. $40 so far on Bradiobook income, 8 copies sold in the first two days, and no technical hitches on the users’ end. [MORE]

Next Bradiobook: “A Little Too Broken,” and Playing the Long Game…

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

I made $20 yesterday on my first Bradiobook, which is, well shit, about 1/2 of what I made on KU yesterday. So my income’s gone up 50% whoo! To get your copy, PayPal $5 to ooutland@gmail.com OR send $5 via Facebook Messenger payments (the little $ sign in the lower right corner of the message box) to “Brad Vance.” Next up is “A Little Too Broken,” my shortest novel at 45k words. And yes, 50% of the proceeds of that version will still go to veterans’ organizations! I’ve made a strategic decision about Audible – namely, no. Not for a long time if ever. Too much of my financial destiny is already in the hands of Amazon, and the point of diversifying is to change that. Yes, I’m definitely going to lose in the short term. A lot of people crab about Amazon, but if you put your stuff elsewhere instead, they don’t go get it there. It’s too inconvenient. Audible is easy, because you install it on your phone and push a button [MORE]

One of the best passages I’ve ever written.

July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Seriously. Just read it for yourself. If this book doesn’t go, I quit. The 14th fought again the next day at Gettysburg, and the next, one of the few regiments who saw action every day of the battle.  In time, three monuments would be erected to them on that bloody site. Two thirds of the men of the 14th would be killed or wounded before the end of it. Statistics on the fallen wouldn’t be compiled and analyzed until much later, and one statistic would never be counted, would never be known – how many of the enemy the 14th had caused to fall in their turn. Albeus knew the butcher’s bill was far higher for the rebs than for his regiment. He’d seen to that. He was never accepted by most of the other officers. Because he had little care for traditional tactics, because he had little respect for rank, if rank was ill-matched to an incompetent occupant. He defied orders from his superiors, his betters, always knowing that when it got to General Meade, his only question would [MORE]