Friday, September 30, 2011

It's Official

Today, I got my first check from Amazon for May-July - $12.93!  That's DQ Blizzard for the whole family )if we use the coupons). In Smashwords, I almost have my three ISBNs paid off (.97 left). Editing/printing/art expenses are a long way off, but I have officially been paid for my work as an author. It feels fantastic. For the first three months, I sold/gave away about 95 units.

For August, things have taken off, about 60 units so far and my first UK sales (thanks to David Green's blog). Two weeks of "Jezebel's Ladder" is responsible for most of that. Of course, due to the skewed Amazon royalty structure, at 70 profit cents each, one sale of Foundation is worth three Jezebels. For now, I'm not worried amount. I'm just happy that I have non-zero reports I can look at every Sunday.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Critical Mass

I'm waiting to get critical mass on ideas for my last 20 chapters of "Temple of the Traveler" book two, targeted for Feb. Things are already flowing, because I still remember the scenes I painted 11 years ago, even without notes. But there's a reason I never finished it, so I have to break through that. Meanwhile, I'm back on autonomy with Traveler 1 and reviews are coming in for my older books.

Geeky Girl Reviews gave me another five star review.  Thanks!

One reviewer (out of about 100) flamed me for my Jezebel review request mass mailing. She complained that I wanted them to spend 5 hours on my story, but I didn't want to spend 5 minutes on them. Well, I wasn't sorry for that. She, personally, has never spent 5 minutes on me and neither did 95 of her friends. I have to spend my time wisely. However, I do have to apologize for not sending it BCC. She didn't want her email address broadcast to everyone. I will use the same technique with the troop free book mailing next time too.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jezebel Cover

Well, Renee at has done it again.
After several iterations, I have what I was aiming for -- Stairway to Heaven meets paranormal spy chick.
It's tasteful but exciting. When I showed my church elder neighbor the cover, he said, "Whoa, that'll sell. Is she like the biblical Jezebel who dominates guys and makes them do things?"

Read it and find out.
Reading this alien manuscript changes you; it can make you a millionaire or mad man. At the lowest point in her life, Jezebel is thrown into a conspiracy to collect its pages.

A Vegas magician’s assistant with a drinking problem, Jezebel is being chased by the men who murdered her fiancĂ©. After she reads an odd, golden page, she wakes with the ability to sense other actives within thirty feet. Each page stretches the mind beyond what our civilization has discovered, sometimes too far. Each could give you the next Nobel Prize or a ticket to the psych ward. Strong-willed, smart, and sexy, Jez acquires pages faster than anyone. She uses her new paranormal talents to climb the corporate ladder. Now, companies and governments are killing people to find and keep the secrets that will guarantee supremacy for the next century. Benny, the handsome former actor, is the only one she thinks that she can rely on, but even he has secrets. Jezebel needs to adapt fast if she's going to survive success.