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Ebook Covers

July 21, 2012

The Book Cover “You can’t judge a book by its cover”, English idiom. This little saying may be true, but when it comes to selling a book, all of a sudden the cover becomes very important, especially in today’s world, where our ability to create images has been greatly increased by broadcast television, digital imagery […]

Survival of the Bookstore

May 12, 2012

A  Small Chain Today (Saturday May 12) is graduation day here in Boulder, Colorado, home of the U of C Buffaloes. As a result the town is packed with students and visitors. Unfortunately, the weather is iffy and the thousand or so young men and women, who are about to plunge into the real world, […]

The Dilemma of Unpublished Novelists

October 8, 2011

Cheap Read My place to stay had a shelf full of used paperbacks; and since I could not afford a new title, I perused the books and picked out a novel by Mario Puzo, called The Dark Arena. So far this story about life in post-WWII Germany has been a fun read. With a little […]

October Is National Book Month

October 5, 2011

Tough Times For Bookstores Even in today’s floundering economy a book is a good investment. For the most part prices are holding their own or dropping because booksellers are so anxious to increase their sales. Just recently I purchased, Charles Yu’s “How Yo Survive A Science Fiction Universe” at Barnes & Noble. The book was […]

My New Novel, Acadian Rendezvous

July 11, 2011

Simple Beginning This 80,000 word novel started out as a short story. The tale was originally entitled “The Art Critics”, but I changed the name to “A Night In Old New Orleans”. You can read the 6,000  word story here on Smashwords. After I completed the short story, I signed up from the November novel […]

Literary Star Releases E-books

June 25, 2011

Harry Potter In E-book J.K. Rowling announced this week that the Harry Potter series will be now available  on electronic readers as an e-book. To further add fuel to the fire, Rowling has decided to market the e-books herself rather than go through the traditional literary agencies and booksellers that usually handle e-books for successful […]

Using Images As Prompts

June 22, 2011

History of An Image I snapped this picture, while wandering around Prague with an old Pentax viewfinder film camera. The year was 2003 and it was my first visit to the continent. Immediately upon encountering this real-life and surreal setup, I knew I had a memorial picture. In real life, some nursery (trees and plants) […]

The Stats Are In

June 7, 2011

Mini Vacation Ended For anybody who visits this blog on a regular or irregular basis, you might have noticed that I have been silent for a week or so. The reason for this has been a brief journey I made to Pennsylvania with my mother. She is now headed back to the Carolinas and I […]

Ebook Bestsellers

June 6, 2011

Visiting An Old Friend This past weekend I was a guest at a friend’s house and so I was fortunate to have a chance to glance over the NY Times. One of the big surprises was the listing of ebook sellers. I guess this shows how often I get to read to the New York […]

Indie Bookstores

May 24, 2011

Empty Venues South Carolina is filled with many empty malls and superstores. The retail around the state capitol is especially bleak, as there are even a few places, where a whole strip mall lays bare. As one drives by a few of these places, the overall mood is melancholy, for it is never good to […]

Is This the New Wave?

May 18, 2011

The Future of Ebooks Are ebooks the wave of the future? What about ebook apps for handheld mobile devices such as iphones, smart phones and androids. If you haven’t gotten use to the fast-growing market of the ebook market on Kindle, Nooks and Kobos, there is a new field of communication devices that can download […]

So Many Self-published Authors

May 16, 2011

New Scenario I like self-publishing at Smashwords, but I wish I could roll back the clock to the days when it took less than an hour to get a new title up, instead of the current 48+ hours. What a difference six months makes! Nonetheless here we are smack dab in the middle of the […]

Kindle Expands To Germany

April 22, 2011

Yesterday Amazon announced that they now had a German division of Kindle ebooks to compliment their American and UK venues. At the same time it was stated that 650,000 titles are presently being offered, including 25,000 written in German. Although German readers have some capacity for reading and speaking English, this new development with probably […]

Here Come The E-book Gurus

April 19, 2011

Revolution Recent events in the e-publishing world have definitely changed the way we peruse, select and read books. For now, thanks to the popularity of many various electronic devices, it is possible to store and read numerous electronic books and stories in a very small virtual space. You can even download a short story that […]

Survival of Barnes & Noble

April 15, 2011

Leaving the Sand Hills Yesterday, I drove from my mother’s house near Black Creek down to Florence, SC, a mid-sized town located a little ways inland from Myrtle Beach. My destination was the Barnes & Noble bookstore located in the Magnolia shopping mall. Once there I enjoyed a nice tall cup of dark coffee and […]

Brief History of the Paperback Mass Market

April 9, 2011

This whole new e-book/tree book thing is sure taking on a life of its own, especially as the sales of the electronic works gains ground on the ever-popular paperback book. Even so, those with a personal stake in the situation should remember or be reminded that paperback books have not been around all that long. […]

Before E-book Self-publishing Was Popular

April 7, 2011

  Giant Galaxy NGC 6872 Image Credit: Sydney Girls High School Astronomy Club, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska), “I hadn’t known the club I was trying to get into held fast to the rule that self-published books were crap and any novelist who dared try to do it by herself would only get the back of […]

Best of Both Worlds

March 28, 2011

  “Revision is where you earn your money – and if you haven’t made any money yet, revision is where you pay your dues.”  Sara Zarr This is especially good advice for anyone entering the self-publishing field with their first publication. In fact, no matter how many times you have gone you over your manuscript, […]

Book Deals

March 25, 2011

News about book deals are all over the internet today, especially a four-book offer St. Martin’s made to one of the ebook success stories, Amanda Hocking. Actually, the young lady from Minnesota made the post yesterday on her blog. It’s a very much needed in-depth discussion of why she chose to go with a mainstream […]

How To Turn Down A half A Million?

March 24, 2011

The easiest way to turn down a 1/2 million dollars is just say no. Even Nancy Reagan knows that. However, in order to turn down this much money, it is necessary to be offered such an amount. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, few of us are ever faced with such a dilemma. However, for anyone that […]

The New Kindle Millionaires

March 22, 2011

  2011 sales figures from Amazon and other Ebook retailers are definitely on the rise. So much so that the term “Kindle Millionaires” is now a reality. ( many thanks to N. Bransford for that phrase) And within that realm, there are two names that keep popping up. And they are Amanda Hocking and J.A.Konrath […]

500 Minutes

March 21, 2011

500 minutes! That’s how long it took me to upload my last short story to Smashwords. On the onset of my submission, I was #1396 in the queue. Finally, some eight hours and twenty minutes later my story was uploaded. Folks this is quite a change from the way things were only three or four […]

E-book Agents

March 18, 2011

It had to happen sooner or later. Ebook agents that is. And according to a recent post at Guide To Literary Agents, at least one NY literary agency has now taken on an agent, who exclusively works with representation for ebooks – those nefarious new creations that can be purchased and downloaded on a variety […]

Evrybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Dose E-books

March 9, 2011

This Sunday night. I had a chance to watch 60 Minutes and listen to Christopher Hitchens philosophize about life and general and his desperate fight with cancer. I even stayed tuned until Andy Rooney came on a screen, which is something I don’t always do. And guess what; he was talking about e-books. Here’s a […]

At The Bird Feeder

March 6, 2011

This winter saw two snowstorms arrive here in the Palmetto State. The first was in December and the second occurred during the month of January. The first one stayed just a day, but the January storm dumped eight inches and the snow stayed on the ground for almost a week. During that time the small […]

At Last, A Novella

February 9, 2011

Well at last I got something published. The title is The Art Critics and the story takes place in New Orleans before Katrina. OK it was only an e-book and I never was able to find an agent and I only published a quarter of my final manuscript, but all-in-all, I’m satisfied with the effort. […]

Smashwords Premium Catalog

February 8, 2011

Here is the cover for my first e-book, which is actually a 4,000 word short story about a snowman. The tale probably best fits into the fantasy category, but it contains satirical elements as well. The written piece can be downloaded from Smashwords for a meager sum of $0.99 USD onto most reading devices. E-book […]

Quote of the Day

January 29, 2011

“Horse breeders did not invent the motorcar”. While surfing around the internet today, I came across this quotation over at a site called Shelf Awareness. The words come from Jacob Epstein, a reviewer for the NY Review of Books, as he was writing about a technology book called “Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in […]

Google Joins The E-book Market

December 8, 2010

Just yesterday Google announced that it was entering the e-book market with a program called Google e-books. With its already well-established base of  several million public domain books, Google quickly became the leading provider of e-book material in the public arena. Unlike Amazon or Barnes and Noble, they do this without the introduction of their […]

Choosing An Image

November 29, 2010

  I’m in the process of coming up for a cover for 6,000 word short story that I am planning to submit to Amazon Digital Text Platform this week. The story is called the Art Critics and takes place in New Orleans before Katrina. The storyline concerns the adventures and misadventures of two young men […]