Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ROW and Link Happy Day!

So, I'm home again and somewhat better, but as is the case with EVERYONE who leaves home and is gone about a month(yes, a month), I have so many many things to get done.  I've written NOTHING in Aeris.  But that's okay, because I HAVE been writing!  I have.

I wrote a short story that I have no audience for, as far I can tell and I'm currently writing another short story that has something of an audience.  I'm not sure what to do with these stories... I'm thinking about putting together a collection and trying out that Kindle Select Prime thingy.

BUT LET ME BE CLEAR... NONE of my books(Compis, Aeris, Six Keys or any of my Angelic Agents books —both of which you can get for free on Smashwords if you like Fantasy Western Romances) will ever be exclusively anywhere.  I feel pretty strongly about everyone having access to them.  I love Smashwords and what it represents and the fact that it's super flexible.

Probably half of the letters that I've gotten from readers telling me how much they enjoyed Compis are from people who didn't buy them on Amazon (although my sales at other venues continue to be minimal in comparison).  What does that tell me?  Well, people who buy on Kindle care less about letting me know if they liked my book or not.  Not sure why.  I guess it's a different kind of reader.  Anyway, I have no desire to piss off my readers.  I love them.  However, I must try it, because Konrath demands we try new things as authors.  I've made a commitment to try several new things this year and this will be one of them.  The others will be announced soon.

So to summarize: Weird little stories about girls with keyhole universes and psychotic androids, YES.  Books that people actually read and comment on, NO.

I have read some of the MOST INTERESTING articles ever in the past week.  BTW, I just want to say again how much I LOVE the passive voice.  It is hands down (besides Konrath) one of the best resources for writers out there.  Here are a few of the stories I found most fascinating this week.

Amazon wants to kill publishers??


Readers Taste in Books vs. Publishers Taste in Books


This one is particularly good: Investing in Your Future (as a writer)


Writers Will Work for Cheap


Writer vs. Author


Enjoy all these, good luck in your goals, and Happy Reading!
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