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by jdbrink
Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

If you love that old detective genre classic the English country house murder, well here's a new twist for you! Naïve young private investigator Toby Le Tocq is soon all at sea in more ways than one when he takes a casual interest in a two hundred year old case. Locals are strangely divided. Some w...
by jdbrink
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Congrats on the sale! I had a booksigning/sale this weekend. Just a one-day thing I set up in a food court/mall. I was there for 7 hours and my handful of sales all took place within about 15-20 minutes in the middle of the day. The rest of the day was long and disappointing. But it was kind of a gh...
by jdbrink
Wed Oct 02, 2013 6:25 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Niiice cover. Very well done. Thanks! I'll pass that along to my cover maker who just happens to be my beautiful and talented wife. I've definitely gotten the better end of the bargain over the years. wotf007 Looks and sounds awesome, Tom! Nice work on the book and your choice in spouse. wotf011
by jdbrink
Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

The key, btw, to higher pricing is that your stories have to look like they are worth it. That means being basically indistinguishable from trad published books and collections. Pro-looking covers, excellent description, copy-edited, and properly formatted. That makes perfect sense. I got the forma...
by jdbrink
Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

http://wordsofbirch.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/guardian-cover-small.jpg Sixteen-year-old orphan Jin struggles to give her younger brother a better life. She works long hours in a cannery and steals items chosen by an ancient coin she wears on a cord around her neck. When her most recent acquisitio...
by jdbrink
Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:09 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

My pricing, which brings me in anywhere from 200-1200 a month, is this: Shorts under 6k words- 1.49 Shorts between 7k and 20k- 2.99 Novellas (20k-40k)- 4.99 Novels (over 40k)- 5.99-7.99 (5.99 for first in series, 7.99 for new works in series) Short story collections- 7.99 (I have some older ones at...
by jdbrink
Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

My pricing, which brings me in anywhere from 200-1200 a month, is this: Shorts under 6k words- 1.49 Shorts between 7k and 20k- 2.99 Novellas (20k-40k)- 4.99 Novels (over 40k)- 5.99-7.99 (5.99 for first in series, 7.99 for new works in series) Short story collections- 7.99 (I have some older ones at...
by jdbrink
Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

E-Pub pricing is an interesting topic for me. I never know what is appropriate. What are e-readers willing to pay for an unknown author? Especially when some relatively known authors are selling whole novels 0.99 or 2.99 and others charge that much for 5000 words. Has anyone had any moderate success...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:21 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Party details! Marriott Rivercenter Room #3536 Starts: 9:00 p.m. Ends: The Future! Doesn't start till 9, eh? hmmm... I'm not sure I can be downtown that late. I'm an old man! the orderlies are checking beds by then.... There's also a WAIOTF panel at 2. Many of the same crowd will be there (but with...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:49 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Martin L. Shoemaker wrote:Party details!

Marriott Rivercenter
Room #3536
Starts: 9:00 p.m.
Ends: The Future!


Doesn't start till 9, eh? hmmm... I'm not sure I can be downtown that late. I'm an old man! the orderlies are checking beds by then....
by jdbrink
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: You -- yes, YOU! -- are invited to a WorldCon Party!
Replies: 20
Views: 5896

Re: You -- yes, YOU! -- are invited to a WorldCon Party!

Martin, I see your name on the Hugo new authors' nominee list! Congratulations! wotf010
by jdbrink
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: You -- yes, YOU! -- are invited to a WorldCon Party!
Replies: 20
Views: 5896

Re: You -- yes, YOU! -- are invited to a WorldCon Party!

Thanks Martin and I tend to agree. It looks like the temp position has a path open to a full time union position with great benefits, a pension (my god I never thought I'd see one of those), and doing a public good to boot. Congrats, Bob! wotf010 Bob of San Diego? Boy am I jealous of you right now....
by jdbrink
Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

say, uh... i wanted to update my avatar but damned if i can figure out how... only sems to accept a URL for uploading? but i don't have a URL dedicated to a single 100x100 image... dont remember how i got the last one on here.

wotf017
by jdbrink
Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Which Friday?? I actually take the watch this friday (23rd) and have it for a week, so limited on my partying, but i'm guessing it's next week. I'd love to finally meet up with some of you guys! The 30th. Time not determined yet, probably 6 to collapse. They include day passes for lower prices, dep...
by jdbrink
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Well, as a programmer, I think of a K as precisely 2^10, or 1024. 4K is thus 4096. After enough years in this business, 4096 is a "round number" to me. And that was the number on your post! And dude, yes, WorldCon is coming to your town next week! If your duties allow, we would love to se...
by jdbrink
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

No, not on the Gulf. I wish. I'm in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston, a formerly Army, now Air Force base. Long story. I'm an instructor here training Navy and AF students at a new joint school. And ready to move on! Texas ain't my bag. San Antonio? Will we see you at WorldCon? And congratulations o...
by jdbrink
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

No, not on the Gulf. I wish. I'm in San Antonio at Fort Sam Houston, a formerly Army, now Air Force base. Long story. I'm an instructor here training Navy and AF students at a new joint school. And ready to move on! Texas ain't my bag. San Antonio? Will we see you at WorldCon? And congratulations o...
by jdbrink
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:46 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

The NAVY? In a drought. In Texas. On the Gulf, I suppose. Man, that just sucks. Wapakoneta, hometown of Neil Armstrong. Did you hear he was buried at sea? Never could figure that one out. Ohio doesn't have much water between the Ohio River and Lake Erie. Pretty dry in between. There is Indian Lake....
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Oh? Ya wanna bet? Some of us may have briefly stayed near Youngstown and even interviewed for jobs in the area. Problem was in those dim and distant days no-one around there seemed able to understand how I had managed to obtain a BA (hons) from Oxford without being certified as completing a certain...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: The Sea Change of Self-Publishing by Barbara O'Neil
Replies: 1
Views: 1099

Re: The Sea Change of Self-Publishing by Barbara O'Neil

Hey, Tom. wotf006

I think that is AWESOME. And shocking. But I feel somehow vindicated thinking that all those smug agents and publishers are now scrambling for attention.

In fact, that just made my day. wotf008
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:35 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

HA! I was born in Columbus. Love Columbus. But I'm in shriveling Lima. (pronounced like the bean for non-Ohio people who read this). Lima was once a mighty city nicknamed Little Chicago with opera and crime bosses and oil fields and the birthplace of Standard Oil (SOHIO). Now nearly all manufacturi...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Having said all that, i hope "y'all" don't mind if I plug my work here too. All my stuff can be found on my website/blog "Fugitives of Purgatory": http://www.jdbrinkfugitive.com I have a couple of short stories (horror-noir and a fun little superhero adventure) for free up on Sma...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 596
Views: 231999

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

First, thanks to LD and Monty for enlightening me to the existence of this thread. I started "indie" publishing a year ago this month and have 5 ebook titles now, so while I'm definitely no expert, I can share a little bit of the trial and error that I have endured, especially in relation ...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:52 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 63101

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

And I was going to suggest you could put this on the Indie publishing thread. Probably not that big a deal however. Whatever "indie thread" or advice you have would be GREATLY appreciated. I think he meant another thread here in the forum, Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing! Like he said t...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:32 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 63101

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Is it Irish...? ... Basically, needed to make a cover that let potential readers know it's a fantasy novel ... It's probably just me . . . But that cover said to me: historical fiction, set in Ireland during the Middle Ages or early Renaissance (can't get a better feel for the era without seeing th...
by jdbrink
Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:24 am
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 63101

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Interesting sounding book and I can see why you used a sword. And, as little as I know about swords, I can see why Sam said what he did. Is it only at Amazon though? And I was going to suggest you could put this on the Indie publishing thread. Probably not that big a deal however. I have run the eb...
by jdbrink
Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Wow, I can't believe that only a couple weeks ago the conversation was still going on on this string! Not sure if anyone will get this, but here goes anyway: I finally got my hands on a copy of Volume XXIX and have read enough to be at peace with the final results (those results not including me, i...
by jdbrink
Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 63101

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Is it Irish...? ... Basically, needed to make a cover that let potential readers know it's a fantasy novel ... It's probably just me . . . But that cover said to me: historical fiction, set in Ireland during the Middle Ages or early Renaissance (can't get a better feel for the era without seeing th...
by jdbrink
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Topic: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?
Replies: 189
Views: 63101

Re: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Enjoy?

Question: What does the Irish sword on the cover have to do with the story? Sam Is it Irish...? With my limited resources I'm doing my own cover designs. There was a great batch of sword images that were usable under the Creative Commons licensure, so i took one and altered it to fit my needs. Basi...
by jdbrink
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4962
Views: 966658

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Wow, I can't believe that only a couple weeks ago the conversation was still going on on this string! Not sure if anyone will get this, but here goes anyway: I finally got my hands on a copy of Volume XXIX and have read enough to be at peace with the final results (those results not including me, i ...

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