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Opinion: Why eBook Sales Have Flattened : Discover-ability

1 Jan

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Opinion: Why eBook Sales Have Flattened – Discover-ability

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One Night in the Hill Country – a thriller

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

5 star review :

“Felipe Adan Lerma has written a fast paced book that will keep you engrossed and entertained.
My only issue was that at the end, I wanted more!
Well, I guess it’s a good thing he has more books out there for my reading enjoyment.
I love a book that allows the author to take us on a journey, and Felipe does just that.
I have to admit that I devoured this book in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. It was unique, different, and thought provoking.
If you want a quick read, here’s a great book for you.
I’m going to keep reading this author, since he has so much to share in his tales.”

by author Morgan Kelley

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Why eBook Sales Have Flattened – Discover-ability

 

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January 02, 2015

Is the Problem a Glut of eBooks?

My simple opinion is no.

Neither because of subscription services (the current favorite target being Kindle Unlimited) nor because of traditional publishing houses finally putting more and more of the their backlist titles in digital format nor because big publisher have lost control of who can publish and publishing’s become so much easier now.

Below are three links to current articles debating and discussing these points, plus some valuable comments discussing same. In the third below, at The Digital Reader, I posted my own comment addressing some of these concerns in detail.

http://www.idealog.com/blog/end-of-a-year-and-perhaps-the-end-of-a-stage-of-the-ebook-transition/

https://ebookbargainsuk.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/as-the-ku-exodus-grows-how-much-longer-before-amazon-puts-all-kdp-titles-in-kindle-unlimited/

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/12/31/kindle-unlimited-content-glut-new-ebook-market/

Bottomline is, I think the flattening of ebook sales, where previously high flying or mid-flying digital authors are suffering the same fate mid-list and lower writers working in print via traditional publishers, ie, a loss of sales, is due to the number one reason I looked forward to the advent of Scribd and Oyster earlier last year:

First Impression re Scribd & Oyster – I Like It!  And Why… – 010714

First Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability – 030314

Ease of discover-ability.

The same I’ve enjoyed via Netflix for nearly a decade.

The ability to enjoy sampling work from previously unknown talent.

And when one can discover quality writing in unassuming places, over and over, equal to or near equal to more expensive or more well known writers, without incurring the huge costs and risks of buying and sampling unknown work, one is – I believe – set free to find work that actually appeals to oneself.

The sense of of discovery can be extremely satisfying.

Examples from my Reading :

The follow are two (of many) examples I’ve enjoyed recently :

Kylie and Her Magical Slippers – by Sherri DeWeese

Thrills and Chills (An Anthology of Poetry Book 5) – by Tom Benson

I list these among, from a list that includes romance and fantasy and non-fiction spiritual books, because these are usually harder for me to find. I hope you give them a look also. And no I don’t get any affiliate fees via the links. :-)

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My comment on The Digital Reader, “Kindle Unlimited, the Content Glut, and the New eBook Market”

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/12/31/kindle-unlimited-content-glut-new-ebook-market/

I found lots of the reasons stated already that help explain the flattening of sales for (mostly) previously better selling authors (I just had the best month in years in terms of revenue, 95% of it through KU).

I do think there’s a huge increase in title availability. Merely through market forces, as Mr. O’Neil points out.

But, as eBook also points out, “that glut did not suddenly materialise after five years, just at the moment KU launched. It’s been building slowly and steadily, no question, and will continue to do so, and is having a slow but steady impact across the board.” And he adds that trad pubs are also digitizing huge numbers of back list, adding even more selection.

And as Daniel points, to most readers, not “all books are the same and that there is only one audience.”

I don’t have “the” answer for a general flattening of sales.

But I would add two more, I believe, crucial elements.

One, is libraries. They are digitizing rapidly, with everything possible available. Yes, there can be long waiting times for a title. But there’s a huge other selection ready and waiting, and I know many folk who use libraries exclusively that continually find new work to read while waiting for a favored title.

Which leads to what I think is the main reason there’s a flattening of sales. Discoverability.

Finding new work of similar interest, or new different work to try out, is the number one reason I gave early last year for being glad Scribd and Oyster were coming on line.

Kindle Unlimited, I believe, just accelerated that.

And I don’t think it matters where bots and algorithms take a reader, a person can simply search and sample categories of interest. Discovering new writers, trying them out.

Plus, there’s a HUGE number of groups springing up on FB and other ways that cater to showing readers, and writers, new work by new authors.

There is, after all, no sales happening in KU. There’s a transfer of sales to other writers.

Like what happened when ebooks came into existence via Amazon and took sales away from print. New unheard of writers became known. Some of those, now, are unfortunately experiencing the same thing print mid list writers saw when ebook sales exploded.

I anticipate, when Apple finally works BookLamp into their system, we’ll begin to see an even more advanced discovery of writers by readers previously unknown. Bots or no bots.

And I’ve no doubt Amazon is acutely aware of this, and – maybe – the current KU is an experiment is seeing how they will full respond to that.

Meanwhile :-) happy new year all. We need it!

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Readers – Writers : Reviews

As always, if you are a reader and have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

And if you’re a writer, let me know if you’d like to trade sorta-equal length reads for honest reviews!

Thanks so much, all the best, always,

Adan

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Why I’ve Opted for Another Ninety (90) Day Term With Kindle Unlimited

28 Dec

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayWhy I’ve Opted for Another Ninety (90) Day Term With Kindle Unlimited

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Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

5 star review :

“An awesome short story by Felipe Adan Lerma with Paris as the backdrop.
I’ve traveled there and love anything Paris related, and Mr. Lerma hasn’t disappointed.
This was sweet and drew me in….”

by author Morgan Kelley

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Why I’ve Opted for Another Ninety (90) Day Term With

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December 28, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Subscription Debates All the Rage

This post was supposed to go live a few days ago, but I senior-momented the publish date for December 2015. Duh :-)

In the meantime, several running online debates have morphed into open flood gates.

These are specifically asking whether Kindle Unlimited, or subscription services in general (including Scribd and Oyster), are helping or ruining or changing how authors can create and publish and reach an audience.

Oh, and have a chance to make a living…

I won’t go into what the details of each thread. Instead I’ll (1) post a few recent links directly below, and (2) give my reasons for why I’m remaining for a second ninety day run in Kindle Unlimited.

I have a history of supporting the idea of ebook subscription services since Scribd and Oyster were first announced, and was thrilled when Kindle Unlimited was started, but also know, I best keep up with changes.

Especially in payment terms, retention of rights, and my own personal success.

Below, is where I currently stand, enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.

Interesting times indeed :-)

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There’s a Question We Should Be Asking Re Kindle Unlimited and Its Impact on eBook Sales

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/12/28/theres-question-asking-re-kindle-unlimited-affect-ebook-sales/

FB discussion about “Article about KU in the New York Times”

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wg2estreetteam/permalink/760057114070159/

Topic: KU Crushed My Sales :(  [note: over 44,000 views at this time]

http://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=202571.new;topicseen#new

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Cons Worth Risking

I’ve detailed these many times, and still want this to change or improve, but feel they’re not detrimental enough at this time not to renew :

Exclusivity (but, I can opt out in 90 days)

Payout (when can’t it be better? :-) )

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Pros Worth Renewing

Keep all my rights

Improving number of sales

Improving number of borrows

Good fit with most of books’ price structure (99¢ to $2.99)

Ease and gain of personal time by advertising for and working with one platform

The Amazon book ecosystem – number of FB and other groups (Goodreads) dedicated to promoting Amazon titles, reviews, promotions

The latter reason, Amazon’s ecosystem, is one I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of, I believe. I hope to have more on this aspect in a future post.

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Conclusions

Would I limit my rights?

Only in special specific also-beneficial to me programs: Kindle Singles, Kindle Worlds, Kindle Serials.

I think it’s worth noting that Ms. Ward, you began the giant Facebook thread linked to above, participates in Kindle Worlds, and hasn’t mentioned anything pro or con about that program yet.

Also, under the right terms (promise of promotion / exposure / payout), rights reversions, derivative use, etc, these might be mutually beneficial deals worth looking at.

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Readers – Writers : Reviews

As always, if you are a reader and have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

And if you’re a writer, let me know if you’d like to trade sorta-equal length reads for honest reviews!

Thanks so much, all the best, always,

Adan

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Make this an Indie Author Holiday Season

20 Dec

Felipe Adan Lerma:

This is really sorta reblogging two ideas / sites. Author Andrew Updegrove has a neat gift idea that would help readers and authors, and a review – exchange site he mentions appears to be a really good idea also. Hope you give the short post a quick look.

Oh, and the review site has a “thriller” page (among many other categories) that looks interesting : http://indieauthorreviewexchange.com/thrillers/

Thanks everyone (smiles).

Adan

Originally posted on Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego:

Bookshelves 130If you’re part of a family that loves books, here’s a suggestion for how to do good while doing well this holiday season: spend a mere $10 on an Amazon gift card and tuck it in an envelope along with this web address: http://indieauthorreviewexchange.com/

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Serial Photo-Memoir Series in Kindle Unlimited

17 Dec
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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks Series on Amazon

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Commentary & links

Images of Notre Dame, small streets in Paris, the Latin Quarter, the Eiffel Tower, and more to come :

Musee D’Orsay, Tuileries, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Gardens, Place Saint-Michel, Christmas markets, Fountain Saint-Michel, night views of Paris, more Notre Dame, more small streets and grand boulevards, square at Jean Beauvais, Paris roof tops, Christmas lights at night, and much more!

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks

Serial Photo-Memoir Series in Kindle Unlimited

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This Series – Paris Photos , Paris , Paris PhotoPoems , Vermont PhotoPoems

eBooks in the “Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks” Series On Amazon

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Why Kindle Unlimited?

Simple Answers

File Size – As posted in my article, Advantage Amazon, File Size, I don’t have to constrict my image books’ file sizes to fit within a platform’s limitations.

Larger image and file size allows me to present a quality size image a viewer / reader can enlarge and enjoy.

Image products – This in turn encourages me to expand my offerings of original signed images on Amazon Marketplace.

Returning to file size, Apple does allow larger sizes also, but only via direct upload.

Going direct with iTunes is a future possibility, but would require more time and work than I feel is worth risking right now.

Time for Fitness – With an ongoing re-fitness program (and current recovery from two procedures to excise potential skin and cyst problems, temporarily limiting fitness activity) showing both physical and emotional-creativity benefits, I don’t want to side rail that with time-consuming multi-distribution.

Complex Answer

Long before Kindle Unlimited, when Scribd first came out, I had speculated if Smashwords was opening the door for serials in general, by distributing to a subscription book service.

I’d couched my article in terms of fiction, not even thinking much about mine or others’ non-fiction work.

I think I just took for granted that most of my non-fiction work was short, inexpensive, and serial in nature: gratitude books, inspirational photo-poem books, and image books.

Actually, I struggled to group these smaller books into larger collections, so as to satisfy readers who wanted “more” and to have books with a high enough price point to qualify for 70% royalty vs 35%.

Scribd was a big deal for me then, when it appeared on the scene and offered a full 70% royalty on smaller priced items. The eventual start-up of Kindle Unlimited offered me my usual quandary via Amazon’s exclusivity requirement.

I had already gotten used to shrinking my images to fit Smashwords’ file size limit, so when push came to shove, and the need to get myself to a healthier fitter point in my life re-asserted itself, and Kindle Unlimited offered more for my small size books than selling them did (and does) on Amazon’s digital bookstore, I made the switch to Kindle Unlimited.

Could all this change?

Well, considering none of all the above hasn’t stopped changing (smiles), that’s a pretty easy yes.

Will I change where and or how I place my smaller, larger-file-size books?

Well that’s based on a story line being written outside my hands.

My response, I’m sure, will be : depends :-)

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Conclusion

Both The Digital Reader and Chuck Wendig among many others, have excellent coverage of current opinions (very much in the plural) and strong comment threads, about the value of Kindle Unlimited.

My bottomline is explained above.

And like Joe Konrath’s “very” intense but enjoyable comment thread about his newest work (Want it Bad), an erotic comedy (best I can describe it right now), the issues explaining my deciding to put new work into Kindle Unlimited, are best expressed here, on my own site, with room to verbal-ramble :-)

I hope you’ll take a look at my newly expanding Paris photo-memoir serial series.

If you click on the series name, Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks, on any of the books’ product pages, it’ll take you to all the releases to date.

More are well under way and will also soon be available:

Walking to the Eiffel Tower. Musee D’Orsay.

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Why eBook Subscription Programs (Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Oyster) Are Good for Me

Is Smashwords Opening the Door for Fiction Serials @ Scribd and Oyster?

Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing

Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size

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Story Sample plus Links : Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks – To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter – Day 13

10 Dec

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To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter -

Day 13

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10 Original Paris Images, Commentary & links – A Photo-Memoir

Available on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited

http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Weeks-Gare-Latin-Quarter-ebook/dp/B00JTMNE62/

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks :

To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter -

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December 10, 2014

Categories : Story Samples plus Links

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Sample Chapters & Links – My Blog Series

Though each digital outlet usually has a preview capability, what is previewed to the reader varies tremendously.

Some outlets have pre-determined unalterable percents, and some allow the writer to set the percent, which then is passed on to where the book is distributed. But even then, the receiving retailer may have their own set limits.

What I want to be able to present to a reader, is at least 10% of the actual content.

Of the story. Or photo-memoir. Or photography. Or poetry.

This new series on my site allows me that.

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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : To Gare l’Est from the Latin Quarter

Synopsis

10 Original Parisian images.

Photo-memoir set in Paris, France.

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St Severin fog DSCI6022Saint Severin

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We passed mornings and evenings, coming and going.

The steam on the sidewalk always a favored, if nervous, joke about where the heat below the church was coming from!

Since Saint Severin sat inside the Latin Quarter, and where we walked so much in from our apartment nearby, it will appear many times over as the photo memoir series continues to unfold.

This is mid morning, and the sun and blue sky is peeking out more than the previous few days, so instead of busing to Gare l’Est, we decided to make a walking day tour out of going there, then busing back – with our new books of discounted bus tickets.

https://www.google.com/search?q=saint+suplice+paris&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb#rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&q=saint+severin+paris

Below, and just west of the church a few squat blocks, is Fontaine Saint-Michel.

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Available on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited

http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Weeks-Gare-Latin-Quarter-ebook/dp/B00JTMNE62/

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Saturday Morning Yoga – FREE at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

8 Dec

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DaySaturday Morning Yoga –

FREE

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“Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)”

Grandma and Grandpa take their six grandchildren (ages 9-18) to yoga class, in Paris.

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Personal Review :

“I really enjoyed it, a really sweet story and I was there with the family the entire time, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.” – Emmanuelle Lambert, Yoga Instructor, Belgium, London, Paris.

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December 8, 2014

Category – Yoga, Fitness

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Variation on a Twist

Like Wednesday evening’s yoga class at the MACC, Saturday morning”s yoga class was well-rounded, well paced, and free.

Melissa Martinez, a different instructor from Wednesday night, also provided useful alignment and breathing cues.

The mix of vinyasa flow and yin like held poses were similar to the week’s earlier class, but more than varied enough for variety.

In addition, this particular class also had a majority of male class participants.

As with before, English was provided as needed, but some students expressed they were studying Spanish, and worked conscientiously to express themselves to the instructor in Spanish.

The MACC, in addition to providing viewing opportunities for art exhibits and Spanish language movies, gives the Austin community at large a chance for both improving one’s language skills, and one’s fitness.

That’s a nice combination.

MACC classes.

Who’s Welcome at MACC

Everyone! Of course :-)

Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

As most fitness classes I’ve attended here in Austin, the majority of attendees are in their 20s and 30s. Last night’s yoga class did have a few folk with a couple more years under their belt :-) and of course, me, at 64!

And, as with the Cantinflas Mexican movies my wife, Sheila, and I have attended at the MACC, folk of all cultures are welcome and present.

Contact information for class for adults and or youth is : (512) 974-3785 .

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What about Boot Camp?

For me, there’s not needing to choose between yoga and other forms of fitness classes, even those of the intensity of boot camps.

I enjoy and feel the value of every boot camp class I’ve done so far, like those through FnGo, and feel they balance what yoga offers.

I’ll have another post soon about my boot camp class experiences.

A sample post about them is :

The Writer’s Life – 101014 : My First Boot Camp Since 1974! (USAF)

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Book Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews so far for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Related Articles :

My First Spanish Language Yoga Class –  FREE at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Story Sample plus Links : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – Grandparents with Grandchildren, in Paris

Story Sample plus Links : Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +

Teaching Seniors is Like Teaching the (almost) Whole Population

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Two Plus Weeks left in Kindle Unlimited – What to Do, What do Do…

6 Dec

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Two Plus Weeks left in Kindle Unlimited –

What to Do, What do Do…

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One Night in the Hill Country

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Three thoughtful 4 Star reviews:

“…especially liked that the children were integral to the plot and the action. They were smart, brave, and ready to help each other in a terrifying situation.”

Rhonda, Texas

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December 6, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Pros & Cons, So Far

Sales aren’t much better, neither are borrows. So I started looking into what it’d take to go wide again – whew!

Except for D2D’s apparent ease of platform, not sure I’d put everything back out everywhere.

And for my lower priced items, which is most of my titles, even Amazon’s current low pay-out per borrow for authors in KU, a dollar something, is 4x what I’d get having the same titles elsewhere. Including, ironically, on Amazon outside of Kindle Unlimited (KU).

the old american artist audiobookA few, a very few titles, never seem to sell on Amazon, but, like “The Old American Artist,” do, on Apple, sometimes Google. The audio version, pictured left, is of course a separate thing.

Plus, with image books, unless I want to shrink the image file sizes, which limits their clarity after a certain degree of enlargement, I’m also better off via Amazon’s larger file size limit. Only Apple competes on that level, and that would require direct uploading.

So…

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Best (Current) Bet

driving to boot camp night IMG_5116…with just over two weeks to go for the majority of my titles, I lean toward doing another 90 day lap.

Reminds me of some of my early morning fitness boot camp work outs – once the workout starts, gotta stick it out, even if I do have to pause now and then to catch my breath :-)

I’ll have a three month KU commitment-ending update in about two weeks.

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Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Related Articles :

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 1 –  More Time, No Borrows, One Sale – 102314

First Month in Kindle Unlimited Part 2 –  Was It Worth It? – 102414

Why I Put My Books in Kindle Unlimited – It’s Personal – 092914

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My First Spanish Language Yoga Class – FREE at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

4 Dec

One Night in the Hill Country med v3My First Spanish Language Yoga Class –

FREE

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“One Night in the Hill Country”

Immigrant and native Texas children caught in the snare of a mis-guided young man willing to use them as lures to capture men who would abuse them.

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Three thoughtful 4 Star reviews. Sample :

“…especially liked that the children were integral to the plot and the action. They were smart, brave, and ready to help each other in a terrifying situation.”

Rhonda, Texas.

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December 4, 2014

Category – Yoga, Fitness

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Yoga Class in Spanish

Last night I had the distinct unexpected pleasure of attending a Spanish language yoga class at the MACC, Austin’s local Mexican-American cultural center.

I say unexpected because, though I anticipated a well taught refreshing yoga class, it was the instructor’s presentation that surprised me, taking me back to my earliest years.

Marcella Garza, fluent in both English and Spanish, first checked to see if we all would understand her adequately in Spanish. My youngest girl teased me after I got home, asking me if I had understood her :-) Actually, between my upper frequency hearing loss, and that I haven’t spoken day-to-day Spanish since when I started kindergarten, it was a good question.

But I did find, and I’m glad I did.

Yoga Class Today and Memories of My Past

Besides the usual sun salutations, twists, alignment and breathing cues, all expertly done, there was an aura from my past in Marcella’s intonations and cadences.

In Houston, when I was five and started public school, it was illegal to speak Spanish in public schools. And my parents wisely decided I need to immerse myself in English to be able to do well later on. They were both first generation born and raised Americans, and I was also born and raised in Texas. In the Valley, where Spanish was the first language of many native-born Mexican-American citizens.

So hearing Marcella intone right and left arm and leg movements, derecha y izquierda, and telling us to breathe in a steady patter of reminders between movement cues, became a chant of sorts. Rhythmic. Letting me find and drift into my own personal rhythms.

I look forward to the other free yoga class, this Saturday morning. Though with a different instructor, I have a feeling it’ll be just as nice!

Having been 200 hour certified myself in yoga, and certified nationally in group fitness by AFAA, I perceived the class I attended to be worthwhile on all fitness levels.

Who’s Welcome at MACC

Everyone! Of course :-)

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As most fitness classes I’ve attended here in Austin, the majority of attendees are in their 20s and 30s. Last night’s yoga class did have a few folk with a couple more years under their belt :-) and of course, me, at 64!

And, as with the Cantinflas Mexican movies my wife, Sheila, and I have attended at the MACC, folk of all cultures are welcome and present.

Contact information for class for adults and or youth is : (512) 974-3785 .

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Book Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

I’ve received three very thoughtful 4 Star reviews so far for “One Night in the Hill Country” and I’m very grateful for the insight and encouragement they provide, thank you!

Sincerely,

Adan

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Book Review: One Night in the Hill Country (Felipe Adan Lerma)

25 Nov

Felipe Adan Lerma:

This is a four star review from attorney thriller writer Andrew Updegrove, covering aspects of both craft and themes. Well thought out, it is a pleasure to re-blog here on my site.

Originally posted on Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego:

One Night in the Hill Country medOne of the significant advantages of self-publishing is that the author has the freedom to write the book that he or she wishes, rather than conforming to a formula that a publisher (rightly or wrongly) has decided the marketplace will buy. Felipe Adan Lerma has taken advantage of this freedom to craft a fast-paced novella that explores current social issues and juxtaposes the vulnerability of innocents to those who have suffered the consequences of innocence lost.

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Second Month in Kindle Unlimited – Erratic, But Better

24 Nov

One Night in the Hill Country med v3Second Month in Kindle Unlimited –

Erratic, But Better

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One Night in the Hill Country

Currently available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Four star review:

” In many cases, the author’s writing style in this book is succinct, flowing along more like free style verse than strict narrative. Both the flow and the choice of words carried this reader quickly along from beginning to end….”

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Second Month in Kindle Unlimited -

Erratic, But Better

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November 24, 2014

Category – Platform Advantages

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Risking Exclusivity for More Time for Health

Health Benefits So Far

The above header was the lead in for my first month’s review of being in Kindle Unlimited (KU), and it remains the best constant, despite improvement in sales and the beginning of borrows (or reads) within KU.

In my increased time from needing to do social media for a variety of outlets, I’ve been able to attend five early morning bootcamp classes, five alignment yoga classes, and just this past Saturday, my first kickboxing class.

I’ve also been able to resupply my poetry and image gifts on Amazon’s Marketplace, plus add two new images.

Sales

It’s been heartening to have a few sales begin to show up, despite a flattening on the numbers the last week of the second month period. I’d begun KU in late September, so I use that rolling thirty day period for my count.

Borrows in KU

And I’ve seen a nice beginning of borrows or reads in Amazon’s ebook subscription program, Kindle Unlimited.

Other Creative Work

I also continue to work on other creative work I enjoy, some shorts and some photo-memoirs.

Conclusion

Time is always what’s shortest on supply, and at my age, it seems even more so!

I don’t miss the extended delayed reporting on the distribution platform I was on before, and I remain hopeful.

Reviews

As always, if you have read a book of mine, honest reviews are an indie author’s best friend. :-)

Thanks so much,

Adan

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