Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Guard your words

More and more I'm hearing horror stories of how some authors are having their novels stolen and placed in ebooks on various sites by scrupulous persons without any morals. Hard work that's being stolen and placed up with some thief's name as the writer. Has our society reached the point of no return? I hope not. 

This is what I'm going to advise--hold your words as close to your chest as possible. Don't speak of a title, or give any highlights, and for goodness sake don't put up any chapters or rambling thoughts about your book and what it contains...until IT IS PUBLISHED! Guard your words as close to your chest as you would your SS#. It won't be long till us Indie Writers have formed enough of a strong hold that we can retaliate with the proper channels. Won't be long. 

On a lighter note--I'm thinking about Amazon DE (Germany). Maybe because it's so new or maybe because of the language barriers--whatever the hold-back, I'm wondering how to promote. See, I can say in German, "sit," "stay," "down," "alert," "search drugs," "go pee," and many other German canine commands...but when it comes to conversing, well oops! I'm at a loss!! And I don't think telling someone to "go pee" would be a nice icebreaker. :-) 

Guard your words, keep your chin up, and happy writing AND reading,


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

KDP Heads

Tracking Perception
All Indie authors know what KDP is, if they're pub'd on Kindle. I've turned into a KDP Head. It stands for Kindle Direct Publishing. 

I check my numbers five minutes after the hour and the half-hour constantly. Then I run check my ranking numbers. And then I run over to the categories I'm in to see where I'm placed. (yep, I've turned into a KDP Head :-) It's basically "writer's crack." LOL!

I can now say I've joined the 100 club! Boy, what a feeling! 

On the flip side to my discombobulated life--my husband and I set up a hummingbird feeder, 2 regular bird feeders and a squirrel feeder in our backyard. Wouldn't you know it the squirrels like the bird food better! And the birds, especially the Bluejays, like the squirrel food! Soooo, everyone seems pretty happy eating till their little bellies are full. That makes me happy.

I love nature and I love the critters running around. Here's a snapshot of one of the squirrels stretched out hanging upside down...laying claim to his own feeder. ha! 

Life surrounds us all so many good things.

Embrace it with open arms...

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Summer's around the corner

Summer's just around the corner. Time to stack up on your summer reading. You know, add to the TBR! (To Be Read) 

With the economy in the shape of a thin red line...I want to express how much entertainment can be had--with books. Some are downright cheap (like mine!) I offer two short stories, Halo and Holly and Yesterday's Chance at .99cents each. Also, I have a full novel, TRACKING PERCEPTION going for the same .99cent value. And, for a few dollars more, you can read Impact For Murder. All on the Kindle

I took off this past week to get some much needed writing done and am having such a good time -- I'm going to take next week off too. The flow is too strong for me to back off now. So, what I'm saying is that I won't be on the internet as much, or FB, or loops, or anywhere...just here chatting with my characters, loving on my dogs, swigging down coffee and having the best time ever!! As writers, we do what we have to do, and speaking for myself, I love this part of my life! 

Happy writing, happy reading--