Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
PS: Don't forget about my Kickstarter project where you can get a signed poster of the cover to Dead Dwarves Don't Dance!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Anyone who pledges $1 or more will get a reward. There are different rewards for different pledge levels, including $1, $5, $10, $25, $30, $50, $100, and $200. Each reward level includes the rewards from the lower reward levels.
But there are several more rewards available.
$1 - Computer wallpaper
$5 - Your name in the sequel's acknowledgments
$10 - 8.5"x11" signed print of Dead Dwarves Don't Dance cover
$25 - 19"x27" signed poster of Dead Dwarves Don't Dance cover
$30 - Nook or Kindle version of sequel
$50 - Signed paperback of sequel
$100 - Your name in the sequel's dedication page
$200 - Your name used as the name of a character in the sequel
Each reward includes all the previous rewards.
If 54 people pledge $25, the project is a success!
You can get more details on my Kickstarter project page.
Click here to visit my Kickstarter page, see a video of me and some of the rewards, and maybe even make a pledge!
And I certainly won't mind if you retweet or link to this blog or my Kickstarter project page. I'll need all the help I can get to make sure this is a success. Thanks!
After the project is over I'll blog about the results.
If you haven't heard about Kickstarter, it's a crowd-sourcing service for almost any kind of project. There are projects for music videos, films, board games, video games, festivals, and all sorts of other products like (lucid dreaming masks, made in America underwear, wine racks, wristwatch ipod controllers, etc.)
There have been some really amazing success stories on Kickstarter., for example:
The Pebble, a wristwatch to control your iPad/Pod, had a goal of $100,000. But so many people loved the idea that it raised over $10 million from 68,929 backers!
The Flint and Tinder men's underwear project, which promises to product made in America quality underwear, and create 1 new job for every 1000 pair they sell a month, they hire an additional factory worker (they asked for $30k and got over $290k in pledges from 5,578 backers).
The Shadowrun Returns turn based video game, which I unfortunately missed out supporting. They asked for $400,000 and got $1.8 million from 32,276 backers.
Lots of successes up there on Kickstarter. So much, in fact, that I foresee crowd-sourcing services like it will have a significant impact on product development and manufacturing in the future. Entrepreneurs and inventors won't have to go find some rich person or company to fund their project. Instead, they'll get thousands of ordinary folk to pledge money.
A Kickstarter project is an all or nothing deal. That is, each project has a monetary goal (mine is $1,350). If the total pledges do not equal or exceed that goal by the deadline (usually a month or so), then no pledge money is given, no money is charged, and the project owner gets nothing. It's either 0% funded or 100%+ funded.
That's right. The pledges can exceed the goal, and for most projects this unlocks stretch goals or additional rewards.
But what do you get if you pledge money and back a project?
All projects have "rewards" that will receive based on how much you pledge. Higher pledges usually get you better rewards.
If this sounds like a cool deal to you, please check out my project, especially if you want a signed poster of the cover of Dead Dwarves Don't Dance. And, tell all your friends! I just need 54 people to pledge $25, and with your help I can reach that.
Monday, May 21, 2012
As you can see from the graphs below, my sales are dropping down to about the same level as February of last year. What's causing this decline? It might be my infrequent publishing schedule, a different Amazon ranking algorithm, increased competition, or some other cause. Whatever the case, I'm hoping that it turns around when I publish the sequel to Dead Dwarves Don't Dance later this year. Until then, I expect to have a pretty lean year, as sales will probably decline even more during the summer months.
How about you? How are your sales doing compared to last year? Am I the only one seeing these declines? Let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Noose, a genetically engineered dwarf mercenary, barely survives a terrorist attack on a neohuman dance club. Injured and alone, he embarks on a brutal quest for vengeance into the squalid underbelly of the Regional Atlanta Metroplex, through the desert wasteland of the not-so-pristine wilderness, and to the peerless towers of elite society.
The year is 2134. The nations of previous centuries are gone, consumed by the United Globe government. Citizens are confined to vast metroplexes while the rest of Earth is restored to wilderness. Neohumans are grown in vats, each type genetically engineered to serve humanity – flawless pleasers for gratification and ecstasy, hulking goons for war and violence, accidental psykers wreaking havoc, and more of any shape and size imaginable.
An action-packed, hard-boiled science fiction novel of redemption and revenge.
Praise for Dead Dwarves Don't Dance:
"cyberpunk action worth reading"
"Louis L'Amour meets Philip K. Dick"
"of the style of a Schwarzenegger or Stallone movie"
"excellent characters in a riveting world"
"difficult to put down"
"very fun and quick read"
"Action at it's best"
Monday, May 14, 2012
You can buy it here.
As they flee across soaring islands in the sky, Kyle Morgan, Jürgen Schmidt, Susie Five Eagles, and Veeksha Das meet several different kinds of Zurans. But these aren’t the familiar and furry creatures that invaded Earth. These are scaly reptiles, small and large, but all hungry.
Unfortunately for the kids, on Zura humans are made out of food.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Hopefully, I can get 1,000 words each day after work, and around 10,000 on the weekends. Maybe I can get a first draft done in a month or two.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I'm a huge 80s action film fan, and this Expendables 2 trailer is, to quote Margaret Thatcher, "HOLY FREAKING AWESOME!"
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
- Number of ebooks sold (as claimed by the author)
- Number of etitles available (as listed on the author's Kindle page)
- Average sales per title (calculated)
- Primary genre (as estimated by me)
I then put all this data into a nifty Excel spreadsheet and generated some charts and graphs. Which you can see below.
Disclaimers: This data is not complete. I only have data for authors who have publicly claimed 50,000+ sales. There are no doubt more authors who have that many sales but don't publicize it. So, consider this analysis a subset of the actual data. As such, my analysis should be taken with a grain of salt.
*****UPDATED WITH SOME GENRE CORRECTIONS FOR AUTHORS*******
So, get to writing, authors!
As you can see in the chart, of the 78 authors who have sold 50,000 or more ebooks, 71% started their ebook publishing in 2010 or later. Obviously, epublishing opportunities are flourishing.
In case you didn't notice, the table above shows that some of these authors have an average of as low as 1100 sales per ebook. It's just that they ahve so many titles that it all adds up. This should be very heartening to any aspiring authors out there with any books selling 1000 or more copies.
For example, one of my novels, Dead Dwarves Don't Dance, has sold nearly 8000 copies in 17 months (about 5600 a year). I'm looking forward to the day when I have 10 such novels out there. I should be able to sell around 50,000 books a year and make enough to be a full-time novelist!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
We also got autographs from a few celebrities (Wil Wheaton, Christopher Judge, Jason Momoa, James & Oliver Phelps, and Eddie McClintock), who were all most kind and gracious. Eddie McClintock from Warehouse 13 was totally into the event, wooting at other celebs' entrances and working to make sure everyone had a good time. He did a short Farnsworth message for someone's Farnsworth emulator on their smartphone. How cool is that? And he designed his own W13 tshirt!
Here are some images:
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Format Your eBook for Nook in Four Hours
Chapter 3: Introduction
Chapter 4: Isn’t this book the same as Derek’s other formatting book?
Chapter 5: Why not just sell both sets of instructions in one guidebook?
Chapter 6: Contacting Derek
Chapter 7: What your book will look like
Chapter 8: How long will this really take?
Chapter 9: Tools and files you’ll need
Chapter 10: What else you’ll need – patience!
Chapter 11: Instructions and conventions
Chapter 12: Overview of the entire process
Chapter 13: Show file extensions in Windows Explorer
Chapter 14: Overview of the ePUB file structure
Chapter 15: Download the template files to your computer
Chapter 16: Save your novel file to the working folder
Chapter 17: Save your cover image
Chapter 18: Overview of the OPF file
Chapter 19: Update the <metadata> section of the OPF file
Chapter 20: Update the ID line of the <metadata> section of the OPF file
Chapter 21: Update the <manifest> section of the OPF file
Chapter 22: Optional: Add more images to the OPF file manifest section
Chapter 23: Update the <spine> section of the OPF file
Chapter 24: Done editing the OPF file
Chapter 25: Overview of the NCX file
Chapter 26: Update the <head> section of the NCX file
Chapter 27: Update the title and author sections of the NCX file
Chapter 28: Overview of the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 29: Delete extra chapters from the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 30: Add extra chapters to the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 31: Fix the end matter sections in the <navPoint> sections of the NCX file
Chapter 32: Edit chapter titles in the <navMap> section of the NCX file
Chapter 33: Done editing the NCX file
Chapter 34: Take a break!
Chapter 35: Overview of updating the front matter files
Chapter 36: Edit the cover page
Chapter 37: Edit the title page
Chapter 38: Edit the dedication page
Chapter 39: Edit the table of contents page
Chapter 40: Overview of cleaning up your Word document
Chapter 41: Delete the front matter from your Word document
Chapter 42: Remove double spaces from your Word document
Chapter 43: Remove blank lines from your Word document
Chapter 44: Clean up italics leaking between paragraphs
Chapter 45: Clean up bold text leaking between paragraphs
Chapter 46: Clean up underlined text leaking between paragraphs
Chapter 47: Overview of replacing Word formatting with code tags
Chapter 48: Replace the & (ampersand) character with XML code
Chapter 49: Replace greater than and less than characters with code in your Word document
Chapter 50: Add paragraph tags to your Word document
Chapter 51: Fix problems with bulleted lists
Chapter 52: Fix problems with numbered lists
Chapter 53: Tell Word to use straight quotes instead of curly quotes
Chapter 54: Fix lonely paragraph close tags in your Word document
Chapter 55: Delete extra paragraph tags from your Word document
Chapter 56: Add code for centered paragraphs in your Word document
Chapter 57: Optional: Add carriage returns
Chapter 58: Add tags for all the italic text in your Word document
Chapter 59: Add tags for all the bold text in your Word document
Chapter 60: Add tags for all the underlined text in your Word document
Chapter 61: Replace other special characters with code
Chapter 62: Optional: Add more images to your novel
Chapter 63: Tell Word to go back to using curly quotes
Chapter 64: Done editing the Word doc
Chapter 65: Copy chapters from Word document into HTML files
Chapter 66: Edit Acknowledgments page
Chapter 67: Edit the About the Author page
Chapter 68: Create the Books By page
Chapter 69: Done formatting your ebook!
Chapter 70: Compress your source files into an ePUB file
Chapter 71: Validate your EPUB file
Chapter 72: Fix validation errors
Chapter 73: Review your novel in PubIt’s review window and Publish!
Appendix A: Efficiency shortcuts in Windows
Appendix B: Efficiency shortcuts in Word
Appendix C: Troubleshooting
Appendix D: Nook formatting resources on the web
So, don't wait! Go see what all the excitement is about! Buy Format Your eBook for Nook in Four Hours now and get your novel up on Barnes and Noble!