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Offering Books for Free, with Interview

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It’s a question that often comes up from fans and other writers. “Why do you offer any of your books for free?” I usually give my answers when the question comes up, but one curious reader asked me several questions lately, and I figured that they might make for a good posting on the subject. So here we are.

Free books have flooded the marketplace lately, from Amazon to Barnes and Noble, from iTunes to Kobo. Independent author-publishers are beginning to ...

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Back from the Delta Paranormal Fest

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spectators_2This weekend, I had the pleasure of heading up to Greenville, MS, for the annual Delta Paranormal Project Conference and Paranormal Investigations (or, as commonly called, ‘ghost hunts’). I got into town late Friday night, a result of a little lack of planning and hungry bellies (of my traveling partner and me) in Vicksburg, MS, but I went to the meet and greet and had a blast ...

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Delta Paranormal Fest

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I’m finishing up my preparations fo heading to Greenville, MS, to participate in the Delta Paranormal Fest tomorrow. I know it’s a smaller event, but it any of the fans from Arkansas, Louisiana, or Mississippi would like me to sign their book, bring it with you for the conference.

I’ll be going along with some professional ghost hunters on Saturday night to some sites around Greenville, also. This should be quite interesting indeed.

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I Got an iPad and Quit My Job, etc.

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All right. Some updates now that I’ve settled in. I have gotten an iPad and a wireless keyboard, linked everything up through Google Docs, and now I’m “technologically advanced,” I suppose. With everything linked up, I can work on any device I have and the updates carry over automatically to everything else.

I have left my job as a dispatcher and have decided not to go back to another 911 center on a full-time basis. So, I’m a full-time writer and ...

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Coming Soon: Cure: The Panacea Series, #1

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cover_concept_comp1_largeTake the world we live in and add a device which can cure virtually any disease. This is the story of the near-future world of Cure and how Panacea I, a revolutionary medical device, came into being.

The Panacea Device is placed into the very capable hands of marketing executive Dylan Cross. The device, a robot smaller than a human cell, seems to be the answer to most of humanity’s ...

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Self-Publishing: Is it a Valid Way to Publish?

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Of all of the questions tossed around in the publishing world, this one, “Is self-publishing valid?”, is posed quite often in any number of writing groups, critique circles, and halls of publishing houses. Often, we are given the views of people who started in traditional publishing and later went to self-publishing. That is all well and good for authors who had already established a readership, for obscurity is the biggest enemy of any writer. However, the viewpoint from someone who ...

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Publishing Services on Indefinite Hold

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I’ve placed the publishing services on indefinite hold for new clients. It was just taking too much time away from my own projects. I have to focus on my own stuff before I can worry about doing formatting for others. So, until further notice (probably March or so), the publishing services branch of my company will be on extended hold.

Also wasn’t able to get anyone trained for the assistant formatter position, so that has been a factor in the decision ...

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Are Unpaid Journalists Destroying Journalism?

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Today, I read an article from Huffington Post posting the question: Are Self-Publishing Authors Killing the Publishing Industry?

The fact that the author of the article is a self-published writing is a little… I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

So, let’s get to it:

  • Huffington Post article writers post the content for free. It doesn’t get much more devaluing on the written word than that, right?
  • $0.99 books are probably worth their price. This used to be a price ...
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The Survivor Chronicles Series Book Trailer

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http://www.youtube.com/embed/EgWtZAmD0GU

I have released a book trailer for the zombie apocalypse series, The Survivor Chronicles, to celebrate its relaunch. I hope you enjoy it. :)


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Updates Available on All Three Mages of Bloodmyr Novels

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For those who have the Kindle ebook edition of any of the Mages of Bloodmyr series novels, there are updates available for you. In order to get the updates:

1. The Circle of Sorcerers:
– It is recommended to delete the ebook from your account on Amazon.com.
– Go to the Circle of Sorcerers Amazon sales page (click the cover on the right of this page).
– “Buy” the free ebook again, then deliver it to your Kindle.
– You may ...

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The Mages of Bloodmyr – Fourth Novel? Not Exactly.

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I have just seen a new search term, “a mages of bloodmyr novel 4 release date” appear in the tracking tools. Basically, people are getting here by searching for that phrase, so let me answer the question. :) The Mages of Bloodmyr series is complete, but the characters and the world of Bloodmyr will continue forward. My current plans are to continue with a new fantasy series (which is the same world and probably will ...

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A Year and a Half Later: 10,000 Books Sold And Counting

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It’s been a year and a half since I started publishing, and I just did my second or third totalling up of books sold. This time, there’s happy news. My little publishing startup has just passed its 10,000th book sold. Like, passed it yesterday. Here’s the breakdown:

Ebooks – Amazon

Sales by Month (sales – month/year):
18 – 11/10
287 – 12/10
732 – 01/11
1306 – 02/11
929  – 03/11
711 – 04/11
774 – 05/11
758 – 06/11
471 – ...

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Infix PDF Editor Software – Review

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I was given a copy of the PDF Editor from Iceni Technology to review. The contents of my review are as follows. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this software for evaluation purposes, and I wasn’t paid anything to evaluate and review the product.

When first looking at the PDF Editor software, I thought to myself, “Interesting. It looks as if someone has written a word processor backwards.” Basically, the Infix PDF Editor software allows you ...

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A Brief Hospital Trip

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I’m lucky to be out of the hospital. I talked briefly about it on the Facebook page, but I’ll go ahead and update those who don’t visit there. I developed an infection in my leg, and for that, I had to visit the hospital for about four days. Everything’s fine now–well, still a bit sore in the affected leg, but I’ll be fine now–and I’m back at it.

The paperback and hardcover release for Consuls of the Vicariate will be soon. ...

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Self-Publishing Accomplishments in 2011

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Everyone is winding down (or is that up?) for tax time again, and this has been the first full year I’ve been publishing books. I struggled to write this post, but I decided to go ahead and write it. I’m not posting this information because I want to show off, but I do want to show. Those who know me know that I don’t seek special praise for my accomplishments or little victories. Sure, praise is nice, but I don’t ...

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