March 2nd through the 16th Megan McDade will be celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her blog, Reading Away the Days. I will be there to celebrate with Megan and all of her friends. In honor of this 1 year anniversary, my eBook The Mission and I will be featured on March 3rd. I will also be giving away copies of The Mission. Hope to see everyone there.
Celebrate with Megan McDade March 2nd through the 16th
It was a big weekend for me. I used some promo days that Amazon gave me when I decided to sell my book through their select program. Basically, for two days I gave away my e-book, The Mission in an attempt to raise its rankings and to just get my story out there to the people. I’m sure that Amazon used the event to get customers to join their Prime program as well. I think it was probably a good deal for both Amazon and myself. If I have done at least a fair job of writing the book, I should see some halfway descent reviews come back. This in turn should help increase sales of my book in the future.
I have mixed feelings about this weekend. Being an author, an artist of sorts, I feel a real need to get my work out there to the people. And even though it would be nice to make some money doing it, it isn’t the most important thing. The most important thing is to get my story into the hands of those who want to read it. There is something in me, that for good or bad, needs to hear how someone else feels about my work. Did you enjoy it? did you hate it? Did it piss you off? Did it make you feel anything?
Well anyways, Amazon has always done a great job of helping people sell stuff, most of all books, for quite sometime now. Amazon’s Kindle select program is a powerful tool that can be used to help promote us authors in a good way. I have taken full advantage of it this weekend myself. But I can also see where it can be harmful to an industry that is currently changing if it is not used in the right way. I am just reminded of an old adage, “Competition is good for you, Good for us all,” and just hope that in the years to come, there will still be healthy competition.
Having said my piece, I just want to thank everyone who downloaded a copy of The Mission. With my book in the hands of so many people, I can honestly say that I now feel like a writer.
Thank You, Bill Talcott
It has been too long since I have entered anything into this blog. After crushing my finger I spent whatever energy I had for typing working on or editing my story. And of course, the story I have been working on is one of the reasons I am posting this today. There have been some changes. When I wrote Remnants of the Past, I had no real intention of adding to the story. I wasn’t even sure that I would write anything else at all. I had written a story from beginning to end and my only real goal was to see if I could even do it. But there were things I didn’t count on. While writing the story I found myself becoming attached to the characters I developed. I even had a difficult time letting go of characters I killed off. I made sure they lived on in the hearts of the characters that made it to the end of my story. Like Darkblood, I made an effort to show that characters he was close to in the story, helped him develop as a person. But then, just like the characters in my stories, we are all a sum of the people we have known and cared about.
I have a lot of things I want to enter into my blog but for now I’m going to get down to business. I have found it difficult to let go of Remnants of the Past, and because work on the second book in the series is well under way, I thought it would be practical to give the first volume in the series its own working title. I have reissued the first book and made it the first in the series, Remnants of the Past. Its title is now, The Mission.
Not only can you find The Mission at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, You can now find it at Lulu as well in the PDF format, readable on most e-book readers. My next goal is to get The Mission up for sale at Smashwords and as many other places as possible.
And now that my lil finger is feeling a little better, and as long as I’m careful with it, I’ll try to keep this old blog up to date.