September 2016

.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 // 1 Comment

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 it [MORE]

Lionel Shriver and “Writing The Other”

September 12, 2016 // 10 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]