January 2017

$100 to IAVA from “A Little Too Broken”! $5,600 to veterans’ orgs and counting!

January 31, 2017 // 2 Comments

All the more important now that the Great Pumpkin will be throwing every sick person, veteran or not, onto a bonfire over which billionaires may safely warm their hands (those many deaths saving them, to their great satisfaction, a whole nickel on their power bills). I haven’t said it in quite a while, but I’ll reiterate it today. I always call them “veterans’ organizations” and not “charities.” Charity is something given to those who’ve fallen on hard times, regardless of how or why. Veterans who return from war with PTSD, missing limbs, burns, brain injuries, chemical poisoning, didn’t “fall on hard times.” They deliberately walked into hard times. Nobody who’s joined the United States Military in the last fifteen years is unaware of the price to be paid. They’ve seen it every day on the news. And yet, they still sign up. They still go, knowing that there’s a good chance of coming back with some [MORE]

“The Job Interview” playlet is now a short film! See it HERE!

January 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Here it is, a filmed version of the staging of “The Job Interview,” featuring Beau Hogan and Stormy Tucker, as presented at Take 2 Performers Studio. Beau is Going Places, mark my words… And Stormy and I are shaping up as a pretty good comedy duo, so look for us in future short films, especially as I Get Serious about screenwriting! I’ve got film of “If Only” as well, that needs an edit to tag on the missing last line. (I know, I need a YouTube channel. Nobody reads blogs anymore, [MORE]

My Sunday “Side Project”: The screenplay for “A Little Too Broken!”

January 29, 2017 // 5 Comments

Yeah as you know, there are about 13 different things I’m doing for cashmoneynow, from editing other people’s books to working on the next Brad/Elsa and researching Game Theory to finish out the Marc and Jesse trilogy and doing my audiobooks (Would I Lie to You at 66%!). So there’s really not much “me time” for things I’d like to do whose financial value may be substantial some day, but is $0.00 right now. That said. As you may recall, the motivator behind all my playlets I’ve put up here was the acting class I started taking. Which has probably been the greatest thing I’ve ever done, in so many ways. Creative outlet, creative friends, potential money as a voiceover artist, or writer, or who knows. (I made $80 as an extra on A Big Movie filming in town recently, my first experience “inside” a film’s production, even if on the fringe!) And the acting class came about because one day I was on the couch thinking, [MORE]

Yesterday was great. Here’s what you do tomorrow.

January 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Because we deserve a rest today, and besides, my boyfriend Aaron Rodgers demands my complete attention at noon 🙂 But these are my thoughts on what comes next. Showing up yesterday and then just going home and saying, that’s it – we all know it’s not enough. Here are my Big Thoughts on what all of us can do next. Social Media isn’t enough, BUT it’s essential – keep doing what you’re doing there. Why? Because the struggle for the “control of truth” is always part of the struggle against dictators. Right now, we’re at an advantage because the Trumputin forces are focused on fighting “the last war,” that is, doing it the way the Nazis did it – attacking mainstream media’s legitimacy. The Nazis could shut down a dozen newspapers and that was it, the end of public dissent. Fortunately for us, this time around it’s asymmetrical warfare. Trumputin can wage a Goebbels-style attack on the truthfulness of CNN or the Post or the Times, betting that [MORE]

Reflections on a National Day of Mourning and the Duties of an Artist

January 20, 2017 // 7 Comments

Notice how you don’t hear anybody saying what they were saying just a few months ago? “Give him a chance so we can unify and come together and get over it.” Well, he had his chance, and look who he’s picked for his cabinet. Anti-gay, anti-women, anti-science, anti-environment, anti-worker, anti-education, pro-theocracy, pro-Crusade, a corrupt congressman who should be in jail for using his office to enrich himself but is getting a cabinet post instead, a Treasury secretary who “forgot” about $100,000,000 in assets because there were, you know, so many forms… Oh yeah. And proof that Russia hacked the election. I think it’s time that the people who told me to get over it? Get over that. I read a post that Jessica Faust, a literary agent, put up a few days ago, in which she reiterated her advice to writers that they “keep the YOU out of your brand.” Well, as soon as I hear the words “your brand,” I reach for my vomit [MORE]

Add audio to “Apollo’s Curse” for $3.47! And, The Gay Agenda Revised

January 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

Whooo… I think. Hard to get too enthusiastic about selling a full length audiobook for less than $4, but, So It Goes. The good news is that it happened pretty quickly after the audiobook release, so it’s got a better chance of hitting the Audible bestseller list now (which is almost all WS’d titles). And I may have hit on the Secret Formula for Not Getting Too Screwed on WS pricing. WARNING: MATH. Given the Circumstances was WS’d at $1.99, whereas AC is at $3.47… definitely not a normal price, right? I think that GTC may have been priced at $2.99 when the audio went live, whereas AC was $4.99. So $3.47 = 70% of that. Even I can do the math wherein GTC’s WS price was 66% of the ebook price. So… maybe the Big Secret is to jack up the ebook price just as I submit the audiobook… If Would I Lie to You is $7.99 when I release the audio, then the WS version would be $5.60. Or almost 3x what I’m getting for GTC:TA. I’ve raised [MORE]

“Apollo’s Curse: The Audiobook” is LIVE at Audible and Amazon!!! Oh and other news :)

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yes, it’s live! Here at Audible, and Here at Amazon. And yes, it’s on iTunes! Submitted 12/29 and live 1/11, so that’s two weeks minus weekends and holidays. Still pretty good from what I hear from other people about their wait times. We’ll see if/when it Whispersyncs, which I’m afraid is a necessity to get to the top of the Audible bestseller list. I hate Whispersync because it means $0.70 profit on an audiobook when it’s an ebook add-on, I like it because it helps it get to bestseller ranking which sells more full price/user credit copies, and I’m ambivalent about it because I’ve had to price my ebooks at $4.99 to make a profit by offsetting the folks who buy the ebook to add a cheap audiobook. Oh! And Would I Lie to You: The Audiobook is 40% recorded! Yeah, in about two weeks I’ve rerecorded what I threw away. So this means ANOTHER audiobook in the catalog about a month from now – figuring I’m done 1/31 and it [MORE]

MY GAY AGENDA for 2017! Lots of Audiobooks and… A New Publisher!

January 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

Yes, so the stage is set for 2017. The Road Home has done phenomenally well, far beyond the publisher’s expectations. It’s been floating in the top 10 for a while now, which is awesome – my first time outside a couple of Brief BookBub Bubbles. Reviews are great, and everybody’s happy. So, after I publish Game Theory around the end of February (that’s right! At last!), I’ll be working on a NEW Elsa/Brad collaboration, as yet untitled, for release at the beginning of May. After that, yes, I will be saying at least a partial farewell to selfpub, as I do my first solo book for PubYourself Press. These guys are awesome. As you can see from TRH’s sales and reviews, they know how to sell a book. In addition to its top 10 status, this book has almost 100 reviews already… I got Have a Little Faith in Me up to 99 reviews, where it has persistently and stubbornly remained for the last seven months, tantalizingly close to that magic 100 but [MORE]

“Apollo’s Curse” Audio Clears Review! “Would I Lie to You” Audio at 16%! And MORE!

January 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yep, it’s gonna be Brad’s year! (/me hastily knocks wood) Apollo’s Curse: The Audiobook should be on digital shelves within a week. It cleared AuthorsRepublic review in, man, days? I submitted on Thursday 12/29, assuming everybody would be on vacation until today and wouldn’t even start on it. But it’s cleared review and gone to Amazon/Audible/iTunes! If you use Audacity, you MUST get the acx-check plugin; it’s basically a free pass through the review process because it makes sure all your files are compliant. And, after having chucked the original 40% of Would I Lie to You: The Audiobook, I’m already back at 16% rerecorded! Yeah, practice makes if not perfect then certainly more competent. So I’m on target to finish that one at the end of January. OH YEAH. And The Road Home is… a TOP TEN BESTSELLER IN GAYROM! And all the reviews are either 4 or 5 stars! It’s fluctuating in the rankings between #8 and #6, and I know that [MORE]