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Monday, October 12, 2015

Going Crazy in the Green Machine by John J. Whelan

Going Crazy in the Green Machine by John J. Whelan


“Billy Reardon is a seasoned soldier who is unravelling mentally. Memories from the Bosnian War and other missions have come back to haunt him, dismantling his military identity as he slips into the unforgiving world of PTSD. We see the world through Billy’s eyes as engages the mental health system; struggling to understand what is happening to him and his family. His journey brings the reader face-to-face with military trauma and the courage that is required of these men and women to find their way back home.”


Author Bio:

John Whelan, PhD lives and practices in Nova Scotia, Canada as a clinical psychologist. A married father of three grown children, he served for nearly nine years in the Canadain Navy before heading off to university. He has worked with serving and retired military, police, and other first responders over the past 20 years who have been traumatized on the job.

'Going Crazy in the Green Machine' is based on his clinical and research efforts to understand military trauma and effective ways of offering help.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Falling - White 1: Mafia Romance by Delilah Wilde

WARNING This story contains explicit language, sex, drugs, violence, and sexual situations that some might find offensive. This book is intended for adults 18+ years of age.

When Grayson White walked into the bathroom of the nightclub that night, he never expected to walk back out with the woman of his dreams. Can Skye see past his heartless exterior and criminal activity to love him? He has to keep her safe if he wants the chance to find out.

My Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

It has been quite awhile since Amazon unveiled their Kindle Unlimited program. In the beginning, there were a lot of authors that didn't want to jump on the bandwagon, likely because authors earned a set fee. 

But a few months ago, Amazon changed their Kindle Unlimited program. Now, they pay by the pages read. Some well-known authors enrolled and ended up making some big money. Now, it seems like just about every author has enrolled too, at least the indie ones. 

But it is really worth it?

I'm going to share why I don't think so.

  • Getting paid by the page read is not a great deal for your average self-published author. Yes, there are some WELL-KNOWN authors making big money right now but they are popular. 
  • What the average author is making now in KU2 is nothing compared to what authors were making before they changed the program. 
  • I predict the page read pay is going to continue to drop. Right now it's only half a penny. 
A lot of authors are tickled because they are making an extra $100 a month or a few hundred dollars. But a lot of the authors enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program before the pay downgrade were making much, much more than this. 

Paying by the page is a bad idea. Period. If someone doesn't read all the way through your book, it doesn't mean the book is bad. It means they've downloaded a few different books, and they've settled on another one to read at the time. But if you're paid by the page, this hurts your income. And with hundreds of thousands of choices available on the Kindle Unlimited program, this doesn't bode well for the pocketbook. 

So these are my thoughts on the Kindle Unlimited program. I think it's a horrible idea to pay by the page. Books are unit deals not page deals. I couldn't imagine any of the big publishers being okay with a deal like this, and Indie authors shouldn't be okay with it either. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Self-Publishing Handbook by Brad Pauquette


When it comes to self-publishing your book, there are some corners you can cut, and some you can't. The Self-Publishing Handbook is a compact guide to producing an excellent book. With these instructions you will eliminate the fluff and waste of traditional publishers but retain the time-tested processes that produce great books.

The traditional publishing industry universally agrees on five steps every published book must undergo to improve quality and profitability. As a self-publisher, you can replicate these five key steps to produce a top-quality book that will compete with its traditionally published counterparts.

This manual includes helpful tips for hiring professionals to assist with your book production, as well as insight and common sense rules for the do-it-yourself self-publisher. Armed with this information, you'll be in a position to distinguish worthwhile professional services from scams.

You can produce a fantastic book. If you follow these proven strategies, you'll save money, increase your profits, and no one will believe your book is self-published.

Author Bio:

Brad Pauquette has consulted at every level of the publishing process. From New York Times bestsellers to professional athletes, with lots of work-from-home moms and computer programmers in between, Brad has helped author-publishers of all types and sizes make the most of their publishing projects.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing

The Naked Truth is not just another book about self-publishing. Nine New York Times Bestselling authors share their knowledge, their experiences, and their souls. Jana DeLeon-A former CFO discusses taxes, corporations, LLCs, employees, deductions and many other things to help form your own author co-op. Tina Folsom-An expert and bestseller in the foreign market. What to watch out for when dealing with translators, how to attract foreign readers, what countries are hot, foreign rights and much more. Colleen Gleason-How does an MBA and two decades of sales and marketing experience translate into creating and promoting a brand that represents YOU and your work? Learn how to tackle an important element of self-publishing. Jane Graves-What’s it like to spend more than a decade as a traditionally published author and make the switch to indie? Jane will offer guidelines to help you determine if you’re ready to make the leap. Debra Holland-With a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Holland knows the mind of a writer. How do you stay sane and run a business, while trying to meet deadlines and run the emotional gauntlet caused by being an author. Dorien Kelly-A tough and practical attorney who will share legal pitfalls that could arise while self-publishing. She’ll also delve into contracts and clauses that can tighten the noose around an author’s neck. Theresa Ragan-Finished your book and don’t know what to do next? Theresa Ragan shares the basic steps to get you started on your self-publishing journey. Theresa also talks about money and shares real data. Denise Grover Swank-Thinking of hiring an assistant? Where do you find one? And how do you form a business plan for a business that can be anything but consistent? Jasinda Wilder-What happens when you have a book that skyrockets? Do you take the traditional deals thrown your way or stay indie? How to make hard decisions from multi-New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder. Get the naked truth from nine women who know.

About the Author

Nine New York Times Bestselling authors share their knowledge, their experiences, and their souls.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox

Includes a free spreadsheet to help you track and improve Words Per Hour. 5,000 Words Per Hour also has a companion app available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch!

The fastest way to succeed as an author is to write more books. How do you do that with a day job, family, school or all your other time commitments? The secret is efficiency.

5K WPH will help you maximize your writing time by building effective habits that both measure and increase your writing speed.

- Create an effective writing habit
- Track and improve your Words Per Hour
- Stop the endless editing and tinkering so you can finish your draft
- Use voice dictation software to dramatically increase words per hour.

It’s time to shift your writing into high gear.


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By day I am an iPhone developer architecting the app used to scope Stephen Colbert's ear. By night I am Batman. Ok maybe not. One can dream though, right?

I've been writing since I was six years old and started inflicting my work on others at age 18. By age 24 people stopped running away when I approached them with a new story and shortly thereafter I published my first one in the Rifter.

Wait you're still reading?

Ok, the facts I'm supposed to list in a bio. As of this writing I'm 38 years old and live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the beautiful town of Mill Valley. If you're unsure how to find it just follow the smell of self-entitlement. Once you see the teens driving Teslas you'll know you're in the right place.

I live in a tiny studio that I can cross in (literally) five steps and don't own an oven. But you know what? It's worth it. I love developing iPhone apps and if you want to work in San Francisco you accept that rent for a tiny place costs more than most people's mortgage.

If you and about 2 million other people start buying my books I promise to move out of Marin to a house in the redwoods up in Guerneville. No pressure. Wait that's a lie. Pressure.