Posts From Old Website – June 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

I have the “gift” (I use that term very loosely) of being able to see the lies that people tell themselves, the little flaws and foibles that everyone keeps hidden.  I don’t think that it’s healthy and at least for my family, I point these things out.  Now, I never do it to be mean (although it certainly has caused some of them to not speak to me for a little while).  Instead, I do it because I believe that it is freeing to look at yourself honestly and accept yourself for who you are flaws and all.  

I’m not above improving yourself.  If you see something in yourself that you don’t like (and if you are being honest you should find something) then change.  It won’t be easy and it won’t be fast, but you can do it and you should.  You should also find some other flaws that don’t bother you, and those you should accept.  

For example:  I know that I have this tendency to be brutally honest with people, but I kind of like that about myself even if others don’t.  I can control it.  I mean, please, I am not brutally honest at work.  I’d be unemployed if I were.  I am also quite a bit overweight.  I’m not happy about that, but I no longer get upset if someone mentions it (not that people do on a regular basis, most people are more polite than that).  But the truth is if you are fat it is not a secret.  Everyone knows. so why get upset about it.  

Post From Old Website – March 2015

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

I DON’T GET PEOPLE

03/29/2015

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I’m running an ad campaign on BookDaily, so I’ve been spending a bit more time there than usual.  Since, with the ad, I am now and “emerging author”, I was taking a look at some of the other books in all the genres.  I saw one that interested me so I clicked on it to read more about it.

The description was short, but still, I thought it might be something that I’d like to read, so I clicked on the button for the Kindle edition.  The Amazon web page launched and the price for the Kindle edition is $6.99.  What is this author thinking?  Does he/she not want to sell many books?  I wouldn’t pay $6.99 for a Kindle version of a book by George R. R. Martin or J. K. Rowlings let alone some unknown author.

You could say that maybe this author just wants the book out there, but then why is he/she advertising it on BookDaily? The advertising there is not cheap.

When I first launched my book, I was coaxed into the $2.99 price so that I could earn 70% of the profits instead of 30% (my books are in the KDP program), but I realized that I wasn’t selling anything.  Sure, a few friends forked over the three bucks but that was it.  So, I’ve lowered the price to 99 cents and have been selling a few.

Now, it is not my business what others price their book(s) but I have to wonder how they think they are going to sell any at the higher prices.  The book may be wonderful but who’s going to give it a chance for seven dollars?

I am going to contact BookDaily and suggest that they show the price on the mouse-over because I wouldn’t even go to the website to read the excerpt for a book priced that high.  Now, I know that will make BookDaily’s stats look worse (CTR), however, as a reader, I am not going to use BookDaily too often if I take the time to read the excerpt (sample chapter) and then when I go to Amazon the book is priced too high (for me).  This could be why BookDaily is not one of the top promoters at least according to us authors.  Browse any of the author forums and you’ll see that 99% of the comments state that BookDaily does not deliver in sales.  This could be why.  As a reader, I don’t want to become interested in a book just to not buy it because it is priced way too high.

I’d love to hear what anyone else thinks on the matter.

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Posts From Old Website

My old website was a Weebly site and as of today there is no way to import my old blog posts from Weebly to Word Press.  So, I’m going to post them here.

The dates will be off, but the content will be the same.

February 2015

FAILURE IS MY SUCCESS

02/27/2015

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At work we have an intermittent error.  I started to see a pattern on what days it failed and what days it succeeded.  So, now we sit and wait for the failure.  If it fails on schedule (the pattern) then we succeed; so failure is my new success.  Weird huh?

Perhaps I can apply that to other aspects in my life.

I have many failed relationships.  When I look back, those failures were definitely  successes.  I couldn’t imagine being with any of those men long term.

I’ve failed to get many jobs that I applied for.  I am happy where I work now, so those failures were successes in disguise.

I did not get the first house that I tried to get (or the second, third, fourth…).  I love where I live now, so those were also secret successes.

I have failed on my diet many times.  Looking back….nope, that was still a failure.

Okay.  So, I can’t apply it to ALL aspects of my life.

 

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MY VERY FIRST BOOK!

02/25/2015

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My very first book.  I love the cover.  All the credit for that goes to Paul Beeley at CreateImaginations. You can check out an excerpt either on the Lake Of Sins: Escape page or by going to Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RI7GKMU) Here are what some readers are saying about the book: “I stayed up all night reading this book, and now I’m reading it again. I haven’t been this hooked on a story since The Hunger Games.” — M. Cassidy.  “Lake of Sins: Escape, is a very exciting and intriguing YA Science Fiction novel that can easily pull a reader into its pages, much like how the Rive-Man can pull creatures into the depths of water.  This read is interesting and I have to admit that I’ve never read anything like it before.  Yet, it kept me enthralled until the very last sentence.”  E. L. Ervin”A Young Adult sci-fi/dystopian novel cannot get any better than this.”  Milos Hernandez

New Word Press Site

Hi Everyone,

Please excuse the mess. I’m in the process of converting my old website to a Word Press website and it ain’t pretty.

I’m also working on Lake of Sins: Betrayed (second revision) and the final (hopefully) revision of Lake of Sins: Hangman’s Army (book 3 in the series).

And then, in my spare time, I’ll be taking an online marketing course along with my day job and taking care of my critters.

Hope everything is going well for everyone and be back to post my twisted little thoughts later 🙂