Scribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

16 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinScribd One Month Later : 57 Uploads – Problems Fixes and Expectations

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Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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

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Intro

About a month ago, my then total of 56 titles of fiction, poetry, and imagery, were all posted and fully available on Scribd via Smashwords.

I had been posting advance posts about my preparations and expectations, plus preparing blog posts and some light advertising, including a paid press release.

I was beginning seasonal full time temp work in a few weeks, and I pushed rapidly ahead to have everything in place to take advantage of the timing of the uploads with SXSW among other things.

High Expectations

Needless to say, my expectations and hopes were high.  Very high.

In my defense, and continuing belief though, realistically high.

Top of my list of expectations, was a radical increase in visibility and discover-ability (please see link above).

And initially, it was all so.

Unexpected Problems

Then a slew of unexpected problems appeared.

Effects of which I am just now beginning to fully fix.

Thanks fully to the aid and assistance of the support staff at Scribd.

The Story

What follows is the story of the past month.  Recovering from a (for me) significant derailment that could have gone much worse.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again.

Some of the following problems should not occur again.  Or should be easily correctable.  I think.

But if you are an author, you may want to at least be aware of what happened, and be prepared.

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The Problem

While I was happily adding not only links to previous posts to choice selections of books now on Scribd, like Paris Shorts Vol 1 – Slumming in Paris Part One – Everyday Gratitude, and even placing strategically embedded previews of the books in those posts (courtesy of Scribd’s embedding links), the anti piracy mechanism being employed automatically removed a number of my titles.

The links in dozens of my posts to selected books were not only gone, but a notice that The Publisher had removed them was added.

The embedded links for removed books now said Deleted.

My press release now referred to books any searchers might be looking for as not available.

This included “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”  During SXSW.

Worsening the problem was a significant campaign on Twitter and Facebook coordinating the music event’s happening, to my Texas stories, including of course “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

Further worsening the problem was that I had posted a special free post on Scribd, another of their perks I whole-heartedly recommend, Going to SXSW in Our 60s, which pointed to “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” and was gaining momentum.

Actually both the free post and the short story (via subscription) were, as per the currently available stats (said to be improved upon even more in the near future) gaining jumps in visibility, ie, views.

I added fuel to the fire, not knowing the links were about to break or were being broken by the removal of the selected subscription titles, by advertising via Stumbleupon’s ad services, which appeared to be doing their job really well.

Momentum.  Visibility.  Discoverability.

I felt a wave was lifting me into sight of shore.

I started my full-time temp work, happy with my concerted efforts: creative and marketing.

A few days later I checked, expecting to possibly see a plateauing of my efforts, and found that over a dozen titles were no longer available.

Removed by publisher.  Deleted.  Not searchable.

A long exhaustive after-work, before-work, at-lunch inquiry into what had happened began.

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The Cause

Basically, the automatic system had mis-identified many of my titles as being possible copies or infringing on my copyrighted work from Smashwords.

But it was my own work.

Digital Reader has an excellent article, detailing better than I can, what went wrong.  And evidently, it’s not a Scribd or Smashwords specific problem, even if it did specifically affect me ;-)

Adding to the problem, was when a book was removed, and subsequently replaced, the url to that book also changed.  I am, hopefully, in the final stages of replacing the last of the links and embedded links in my posts to my work on Scribd.

That problem, of a title not retaining its original url on re-instatement, has now been corrected by Scribd.  Any future titles I may have inadvertently removed then replaced, should retain links I’ve placed to them within my articles and posts.

This engineering solution was a speedy prompt response from the team at Scribd.

Urls, I believe, are now static to a title.

There is a Smashwords specific email when requesting support from Scribd.

First hand, I can say Scribd’s support has been indispensable.

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The Scribd Author Support System

I honestly do not believe I would have stayed with either Scribd or Smashwords without the dogged persistence and determination of the folk at Scribd I’ve been in almost daily communication with.

Because of the folk at Scribd, I remain in their subscription program, can recommend it fully (while cautioning a prospective author to be aware of these possibilities), and have regained my optimism that my decision to be part of their program is a good one.

Scribd’s future promise is significant.

Their expectations on their own press release, are my expectations.

So for all other authors out there, I wish you all the best.

Now, I need to get back to work, my creative work.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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Like Mysteries and Suspense? I Have These Short Stories on Scribd – Previews

9 Apr

Prop Master, Where's the Liqueur? medLike mysteries and suspense?

I have these short stories on Scribd – Previews

Mystery Suspense shorts featuring Samantha (Sam)

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Mystery Suspense Shorts featuring

Samantha (Sam)

 

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/adan1950_228525061

This is a slightly different style book than my other fiction.

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* Mild mystery suspense stories.

* And yet involves most of the six young cousins in my other work.

How the stories evolve :

They met her near Sixth Street in Austin.

Zilker, the youngest of the six cousins had been robbed of his camera.  Sam (Samantha) is in town for a convention, which is a pre-text for interviewing for a job in Austin, hoping to move from Vermont.

The three stories following “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” are set in Vermont (Vermont Shorts) – episodes where she tells the six young children that she’s befriended, about her growing up in Vermont.

These stories are an interesting blend of first person narrative of events in her past, while interacting in the present with the children as she tells them the stories.

The stories themselves are light mysteries with suspense.

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Samantha (Sam) Mystery Suspense shorts :

(in order of occurrence)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Hello, Darling

The Sound From Nowhere

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

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Bats Under Congress Street Bridge, Austin – Free Post, on Scribd

7 Apr

Bats Under Congress Street Bridge, AustinBats Under Congress Street Bridge, Austin - Free Post, on Scribd

Short photo story of our sunset boat bat viewing tour.  Light commentary plus links.

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/adan1950_228525061

My currently available 57 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

I also post individual articles, available for free, on Scribd.

They’re similar to my blog posts here, no affiliate links – the articles meant to be either fun or informative and sometimes both ;-)

I hope you enjoy the story of our trip down Lady Bird Lake to view the bats!

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Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

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We weren’t on paddle boats, but had this great view from our comfortable seats on a flat boat.

Though they sure looked stable and tempting ;-)

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Other free articles I have on Scribd are :

Going to SXSW in Our 60s

Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Other Texas related titles, via Scribd’s subscription plan :

(also available on major online outlets)

Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Slumber Party

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Like Sports? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

30 Mar

101 Sports Poems Narrated by Adam MeggsLike Sports?

I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Sports.

101 Sports Poems has all the sports poems in the smaller titles Vols 1-5.

What the smaller books have, are personalization templates for each poem.  Plus a creative writing segment, geared toward incorporating fitness.  Each of the smaller volumes are divided by similar sports.  Four additional volumes in the small series are in-progress.

With a subscription though, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

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And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Sports related titles :

101 Sports Poems

101 Sports Poems Vol 1 – Baseball

101 Sports Poems Vol 2 – Dance, Yoga, Twirler, Martial Arts, Drill Team, Ice Skating

101 Sports Poems Vol 3 – Golf, Tennis, Bowling, Sky Diving, Equestrian

101 Sports Poems Vol 4 – Running, Sailing, Gymnast, Bicycling, Swimming

101 Sports Poems Vol 5 – Inspirational

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Like Love? ;-) I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

28 Mar

family poems audio book imageLike Love? ;-)

I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Love.

Like love? What a question? :-)

But that’s what I try to express.  The different ways of love, in story and in verse.

From Paris to Valentines to children and spouses.  From infancy to old age.  It’s always there, love. ;-)

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.  And that allows you to then explore as many titles you may like, and yet still know your cost is fixed at under $9 a month.  I like that, and I hope you will also.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

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And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Love related titles :

Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink

Paris Shorts Vol 1

Rosetta

12 Stages of Loving

The Old American Artist

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda

Slumming in Paris, Part Eight, Ben Franklin, a Manifestation, and Love

Poems for Lover Loving and Being Loved

Rendezvous, Place Saint Michel

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Paris Kiss © Felipe Adan Lerma

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Like Poetry? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

26 Mar

family poems audio book imageLike Poetry?

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma/documents/authored

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Poetry.

Like my books with photos, my poetry over-laps into books of other categories.  Besides books with mostly or only poetry, I’ll list the first book of a series with poetry, even if it also has images or a story.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.  And that allows you to then explore as many titles you may like, and yet still know your cost is fixed at under $9 a month.  I like that, and I hope you will also.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

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And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Poetry related titles :

Teachers Students & Education Specialists

Nurses Doctors & Medical Health Specialties

Enterprise : Poems for Business & Professions

Upholding the Constitution

Art Poems : Dance Yoga Music…

101 Sports Poems

Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

A Month of Mornings Vol 1

12 Stages of Loving

Creative Gratitudes Vol 1

Everyday Inspirations Vol 1

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Inspirations from Life: Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

Poems for Lover Loving and Being Loved

Family Poems

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Like Photography? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

24 Mar

PhotoPoems Book One, Seven VolumesLike Photography?

I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Photography.

Though a very large number of my work, including novellas like “Slumming in Paris Part 8, With the Children: Ben Franklin, a Manifestation, and Love” has almost two dozen original Paris photos, I don’t include titles like that in the list.  The same is true for PhotoPoem books, which I’ll list all those under Poetry in another post.  Here I’ll list the first volume in a series, which features photos, so one will know there is also those that can be looked at.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.  And that allows you to then explore as many titles you may like, and yet still know your cost is fixed at under $9 a month.  I like that, and I hope you will also.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

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And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Photography related titles :

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Everyday Inspirations Vol 1

Creative Gratitudes Vol 1

PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes

Inspirations from Life: Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Photography Gifts – Austin, Paris, San Antonio

Sunset Austin Texas listing with sig

My free (bird) photography article on Scribd.

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Like Vermont? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

22 Mar

Prop Master, Where's the Liqueur? medLike Vermont?

I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Vermont.

Other than a few larger works, most are small, some almost tiny, readable and viewable (many have images with verse) in short spaces of time.

I spent an extended stay in my wife’s home state of Vermont recently, a year and a half, and found the people and the area as unique and beautiful as herself.  So much of my recent photography has come from Vermont, rivaling that from Paris.  And recently, its setting have give birth to my first group of mystery suspense short stories.  Though my very first (light) crime mystery is “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” it’s powered by a protagonist from Vermont.  She features in all my mystery / suspense shorts to-date.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.

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Vermont related titles :

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Hello, Darling

Sound From Nowhere

A Month of Mornings Vol 1

Prop Master, Where’s the Liqueur?

PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes

American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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My free Vermont photography article on Scribd.

Vermont Photos

Leddy Park, Autumn © felipe adan lerma

Leddy Park, Autumn © felipe adan lerma

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Like Inspiration? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

20 Mar

Inspirations from Life - Thirty Three Years of Poems and ImagesLike Inspiration?

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Thirty Three Years – Poems and Images

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Inspiration.

Other than a few larger works, most are small, some almost tiny, readable and viewable (many have images with verse) in short spaces of time.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.

As Scribd says at the top right of each page :

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy reading this book knowing that your

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And as always, my work is also available on major participating outlets via traditional sales.

They are located on my Authors Pages, and listed on the right side of each blog post.

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Inspiration related titles :

A Month of Mornings Vol 1

A Month of Mornings – Four Months

Creative Gratitudes Vol 1

Creative Gratitudes Vol 2

Everyday Gratitude Vol 1

Everyday Gratitude Vol 2

Everyday Gratitude Vol 3

Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 1

Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 2

Everyday Inspiration – PhotoPoems Vol 3

101 Sports Poems Vol 5 Inspirational Poetry for Sports

PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes

Inspirations from Life – Thirty Three Years of Poems and Images

American Robins Arriving in Vermont – The First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Inspirational Poetry

Lake Champlain, Early Winter © felipe adan lerma

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s – Free Post, on Scribd

19 Mar
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Going to SXSW in Our 60s – Free Post, on Scribd

A short humorous photo story with links and light commentary.

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

I also post individual articles, available for free, on Scribd.

They’re similar to my blog posts here, no affiliate links, either fun or informative and sometimes both ;-)

I hope you enjoy the story of our trip into SXSW!

The Old and the New, Sixth Street Austin

On Old Pecan Street, aka East Sixth Street

We saw a little of the old and a little of the new and a lot of the crowds as we made our way down Sixth Street :-)

http://www.scribd.com/doc/212902891/Going-to-SXSW-in-Our-60s

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Other articles I have on Scribd are :

Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Other Texas related titles :

Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Like Paris? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

18 Mar

Slumming in Paris Part One AudioBookLike Paris?

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Pictured Left : Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda (1 of 8 in series).

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Paris.

I also feel like I’m playing hookey here.  Paris means so much to me. :-)

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Paris related titles :

Paris Shorts Vol 1

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink

Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

Slumming in Paris Part Eight,

Slumming in Paris Part Seven,

Slumming in Paris Part Six,

Slumming in Paris Part Five,

Slumming in Paris Part Four,

Slumming in Paris Part Three,

Slumming in Paris Part Two,

Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda

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Second Horloge du Musée d'Orsay v2, Photography by Felipe Adan Lerma

Second Horloge du Musée d’Orsay v2, Photography by Felipe Adan Lerma

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Like Seniors and Aging? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

16 Mar

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Seniors and Aging.

Plans are for an expanded Yoga poetry book later this year. :-)

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Seniors and Aging related titles :

12 Stages of Loving

Nurses Doctors and Medical Health Specialties

The Old American Artist

Inspirations from Life, 33 Years, Poems & Images

Grandpa and Grandma in the Latin Quarter

Rosetta

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

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Like Yoga and Fitness? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

14 Mar

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma

My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Yoga and Fitness.

Plans are for an expanded Yoga poetry book later this year. :-)

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as sales for me.

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Yoga and Fitness related titles :

Paris Shorts Vol 1

101 Sports Poems (full collection)

101 Sports Poems Vol 2 – Dance Yoga +

Arts Poems

Rosetta

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

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Like Austin, SXSW, or Texas? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

12 Mar

Texas Shorts Vol 1Like Austin, SXSW, or Texas?

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Below are my titles related to Austin and Texas.

One title, though not set during SXSW, has much of the feel of one of Austin’s party street festivals, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin”  – showcased in one of the previews below.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to all my work, counting as a sale for me.

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Art Day

The Concert

Dirty Sixth Street

Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

The Slumber Party

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

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Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd – Four Previews : Austin Paris Nursing Gratitude

10 Mar

Paris Shorts Vol 1Update: My First 56 Titles on Scribd -

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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

Despite a few lingering glitches, I am very happy to provide four previews of my work.

With a subscription, you have limitless access to my work, counting as sales for me.

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For all those out enjoying SXSW here in Austin, this is a good one. ;-)

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And for those who prefer Paris, this is just as nice!

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For all our nurses, caring for us daily -

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Everyday Gratitudes Vol 1 – to help remember, caring is every day.

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Extra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd for Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin

5 Mar

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaExtra Austin Images Added, Free – on Scribd

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900 Word Poem.

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Vermont, Paris, Austin.

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With SXSW cranking up here in Austin, I thought this might be a good time to add some more Austin images to complement the story and pictures in “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin.”

The nice thing about these Scribd documents I’ve starting posting, they’re available for anyone to see free.

Above is a sample of one of the new added photos.

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Scribd

And if you’re tempted to sample Scribd’s huge selection of books via their subscription plan, they have free trial periods available too.

Most of my own books (46 of 56) are already available through Scribd now.  As they continue processing the huge selection being distributed via Smashwords, my other titles should also then be accessible.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

And if you are coming to Austin, for SXSW or any other fun reason, you might like reading my short story, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Thank you so much, best wishes :-)

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

3 Mar

101 Sports Poems - Original PoetryFirst Impression of My First 15 (of 56) Titles on Scribd – Discoverability

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My Scribd titles : http://www.scribd.com/felipe4adan4lerma

46 (of 56) books shipped by Smashwords to Scribd have been uploaded and are being made available to subscribers, with 15 already available as of this morning.

Another ten titles at Smashwords, including much of my Texas fiction, will ship to Scribd very soon.

Just hearing the volume numbers being processed by both Scribd and Smashwords, I am grateful for this strong beginning.

And with that beginning, I am most impressed with one thing – my new discoverability.

It takes several forms, which I’ll talk about below.

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New Discoverability

Intro

Titles are appearing and accessible to anyone with a subscription.  Free trial and paid subscriptions are both available.

Images, in those books with them, appear clear and clean and pleasing.

A built-in Table of Contents seems to work well in both my iPhone app and the Scribd online reading option for all but one title, a growing pain glitch.

But hands down, the most impressive thing so far, is how it validates my hoped for increase in visibility, ie, discoverability.

1) – Read all or some or which part you want.

Not only is this another venue where my work can be seen, not only can I refer to another location via my website and tweets and other social media – but anyone who has access, can not only see and read the usual 10 or 20% sample – they can also browse and see and read and (hopefully) enjoy any part of the book they feel interested in!

Already, in these few titles, these first days, I’ve had as many viewers able to see and sample my books than many free days or promotions via other venues.

And – if the book appealed to the reader enough to go far enough into the book, I get paid for it.

With dozens more titles scheduled to be available soon, I intend to extend on that. :-)

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2) Seeing enough to know if you’ll be interested

With most fiction work, a simple read through or browse, will help the reader decide.

But with some work, as in “101 Sports Poems,” a detailed useable Table of Contents (TOC) is essential.

The list of sports poems one can read is crucial, and a full enough sampling of the content is even more important.

Some outlets let you decide the percent of sample for a potential reader and some don’t.  But even with the ability to choose a percent, the reading device can either end up still not showing up to the point I choose, or showing too much of the story or images.

A subscription service like Scribd, which already allows the reader to read or view or sample as much as he or she desires, is more likely to let the value of that work decide if the reader will choose to take the time to go further into the work.

There’s no cut-off point the reader cannot go past.

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3) Being able to go to places within the book via the Table of Contents

This is more important for some work than others.

I have a lot of poetry books and lots of inspirational photo-poem books.

What would it be like to be able to choose from a list of 101 sports poems, and go to any one of them?

To any point in the list?  Immediately read or view any poems or images of interest?

With a Scribd subscription, you can do this with any of my work.

Subscribers can see the whole book via the link below.

And non-subscribers get a nice preview.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193979844/101-Sports-Poems

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The Glitch

And that glitch I spoke about earlier?  It’s the poem titles in the TOC.  They’re different colors.  One set of links work, the others don’t.

How do I know it’s just a glitch?  Because below are two other examples, with the TOC in both fully functional.  Thus, something I know I’ll get fixed.

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“101 Sports Poems Vol 1 Baseball,” which has the poems, a creative writing section, and personalized templates, does have a complete working Table of Contents.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193983176/101-Sports-Poems-Vol-1-Baseball

Preview of “101 Sports Poems Vol 1 Baseball”

and,

“Arts Poems, Dance Yoga Music Art Writing +” – which, like “101 Sports Poems” has a very extensive Table of Contents.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/193871001/Arts-Poems-Dance-Yoga-Music-Art-Writing

This sure does give me an appreciation for what Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and others have accomplished with their online services – and what an endeavor this is for companies like Scribd to take on! :-)

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Conclusion & Thanks

Other Authors

I had a bit of help, working the Table of Contents on my app and online, from two other authors, also putting books up on Scribd, and I want to give them my thanks, a hat tip, and a link to their work on Scribd :

Vincent Trigili

Saul Tanpepper

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The Search Buttons :

The online TOC and search button at Scribd is a magnifying glass at the top of the page, a “look up” button.  It brings up both functions.

On my iPhone app, it’s an open book symbol on the bottom left.

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Scribd & Smashwords

Also much thanks and congratulations to the staff at both Scribd and Smashwords with this monumental new task and opportunity.

I am very excited about the future of this project and will have more updates.

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont, The First Swoop of Spring – A Photo Memoir

28 Feb

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1,506 story-word commentary.

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12 additional images with light commentary.

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American Robins Cropped Outtake © felipe adan lerma

I’m trying out something new, and have posted a short blog-like post free on Scribd.

It adds a little more to the book.

Basically, I took one image I liked, but wasn’t able to include in the narrative for the new American Robins book, and showed how I work up the image, plus created a small poem to go with it, showing how unused images can lead to other creative work.

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont

Intro

Unlike “Love’s Travels – Vermont Paris Austin” which also has an image story, the text portion in American Robins is not in prose verse but in simple narrative format.

Links are provided to some of the places referred to.

And two bonus sections, images and narrative commentary with links, compare similarities of birds in Austin and Galveston, to what my wife enjoyed seeing happen with the Robins when they showed up in our snowy backyard March 01, 2012.

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From the Forward

35 original images.

1,506 story-word commentary.

American Robins Arriving in Vermont.

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12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

February 14, 2014

The American Robins’ arrival onto the backyard of our old 1800s Victorian apartment house on March 01, 2012, in Burlington, Vermont, was an iconic lasting memory for both myself and my wife Sheila.

I had been lamenting the nearing of the end of my only full winter outside of Texas (and two in Florida when I was in the Air Force).

Though summer in Vermont was decidedly different from an impending summer in Central Texas ;-) we had experienced the second mildest winter in Vermont’s recorded history. That it had been more cold and more snow than I had seen and experienced my whole sixty plus years prior combined, was little comfort for me. For example, the sleigh ride I had so looked forward to on the snow at night along the shore of Lake Champlain, had been cancelled for the first time ever due to lack of snow.

So when my wife called to me to come quickly, I could tell by the sound of her voice it was for something she thought I’d really like. She was right.

Snow was falling and clearly visible through the tall window of the back bedroom.

That was pretty nice by itself. But she also was pointing out a lone bird, perched on the lip of the roof of the apartment house next door.

From there a story unfolded, and once we had raised both the storm and regular windows, with an unimpeded view to the outside, the pictures captured the tale.

I hope you’ll enjoy this. The mixture of seeing the robins in motion, and seeing winter’s end sealed for spring’s entrance, made a memory to take back to Texas.

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24 Feb

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Writer Unboxed has a super interesting post from Jane Friedman entitled “Beyond Dickens: Trends and Tech in Serial Fiction.”

Besides an also interesting read of growing comments (including mine, posted below), Jane provides both a historical perspective and current state-of-the-art tech-word update.

My reason for this post, and my comment below, is to throw a small brick into the framework.

Why?

Because I think something very valuable in terms of speculating about the future of serials has been left out – Scribd and Oyster and others offering ebook subscription plans.

This is a pattern I see happening right now.

And though kind of understandable, these are, after all, new entrepreneurial efforts, with tons of development in front of them, these plans are available now, growing, and present some attractive alternatives.

Smashwords, offering submission channels to both Oyster and Scribd, with (as of now) fairly decent terms, already has features for authors like, being able to number and group titles into series.  This lends itself to serial-like presentation of work.

My own work, whether in the connected short stories I write, or in most of longer work (novellas), is very much like serial episodes, and might be something I should consider honing in that direction.  We’ll see ;-)

Meanwhile, below, is my comment, addressing several problems about presenting serial work to the reading public.  And above, are links to related Scribd / Oyster articles I’ve posted.

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My comment on article about Serial Fiction

I’m gonna offer the thought that kept popping into my mind as I read this super interesting, very important article : the developing subscription services such as Scribd, Oyster, and (and as mentioned by Porter Anderson, 24Symbols).

Here’s a few examples :

“’Pure’ serials are tough to make money on right away. Today’s authors don’t exactly have a burgeoning market of periodicals willing to pay a meaningful wage for such work.” -

Beyond the idea that pure serials have no beginning or end, I would say, from what I see (via the free trial offers) offered on both Oyster and Scribd in terms of short work, here’s both a burgeoning market and a willingness to pay in line with other digital outlets

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“Platt told me, ‘I always felt from the start that we were delivering a broken experience. [The serial] really shouldn’t be in e-book form, they should be an app. You pay for it once on the front end and you get automatic updates.’”

Again, pay once a month, read all you want. Not exactly the same, but close, and, in some ways, better (not paying each time for each app). If one’s not gonna read many, then maybe not so much.

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“…by releasing the entire series as one product at a higher price point, Platt and his partners stand to earn more money. Amazon KDP pays 70 percent on e-books priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and 35 percent on everything outside that range—making low-priced shorter works less profitable.”

All work (under current terms) shipped via Smashwords to Scribd and / or Oyster earn the same higher rate. (details on SW’s FAQ).

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I’m not saying ebook / digital subscriptions are “the” answer, or that either of the three start-ups I mentioned in the beginning are the “one” to follow or subscribe to -

I am saying this very important, very happening (I believe another couple hundred thousand titles are to be added to both Oyster & Scribe very soon) digital expansion of opportunity is generally being ignored in discussions involving serials, discoverability, pricing strategies, and royalties.

In fairness, as Porter also says (in his article here on Writers Unboxed, Sir Hugh and the Snail) subscriptions are in the infancy.

But they are born, and growing.

I’m hopeful they will extend the possibilities of what we as writers and readers, can do.

I write somewhat episodic novella fiction and shorts; and serials (pure or unpure ;-) ) – something I had pretty much forgotten about until this article, are now back in my thoughts. Thank you so much for that Jane :-)

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Preview, my short story “The Concert.”  Set in Austin Texas, and first of four in a series introducing the six young teens and tweens in much of my fiction.

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Final Thoughts

Of course, any of the subscription services succeeding, or creating similar opportunities, will bring tons of attention to this (serial fiction) and other issues (discoverability, royalties.)

And there’s wisdom in not bringing up something that might not work.

But it seems obvious there’s something very alluring about what Scribd and Oyster are working to offer.  Very similar to Netflix (both services have been called the Netflix for books.)

Seeing what ebooks has done (so far) to the traditional publishing world, it seems ignoring this newest digital rendition, and it’s possible effects on both digital and traditional selling models, is, well, obviously not something I’m willing to do.

I am willing to experiment, and in process of having all my work uploaded to both services.

Then, eventually, either way, I’ll have more to write about. :-)

Best wishes everyone, get a free trial subscription! :-)

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American Robins Arriving in Vermont :

The First Swoop of Spring – a Photo Memoir, Available on Scribd

35 original images.
1,506 story-word commentary.

Two Bonus Bird Material Sections:

12 additional images with light commentary.

An inspirational story in nature for people.

Available on all participating outlets.

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Question Mark :

@ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

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Previous Related Articles :

Why I’m Uploading 50 Plus Titles to Scribd & Oyster

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

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

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Intro

Mark Coker recently posted a nice piece with information about the benefits of creating a pre-order status for one’s new work.

Included is an embedded slide show “about preorder strategy” presented on Slideshare.net :

(it may or may not show in my blog format, but the link is also below)

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My interest in this article is to :

1) share info that’s tempted me twice already this year, but was unable to do, as I had a title for Valentines Day needing immediate release.

Mark’s post, on the Smashwords blog, has some nice links (titled: Indie Authors Share Preorder Tips, Tricks and Insights) to posts writers are putting up giving info about their experiences with pre-orders.

Big kudos to him for sharing and making that kind of info available.

2) pre-dwell within my own mind, and for my future strategies, how pre-orders (which I still want to try) and the new subscription services I’m participating in, Scribd and Oyster, might fit together

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Preview sample from Scribd, “Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel”

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Conjecture, ie Brain Storming What-Ifs

Why

Despite my intent to try Pre-orders on a future title – and recognizing that my favorite template (Netflix) for why I feel subscription services like Scribd and Oyster have more than just a chance announces coming availability of new titles -

I tend to feel the potential disruptive nature of the status quo of things ebook-digital is so strong, pre-order as we know them now, may not be the same anymore.

Porter Anderson, in a post at Writers Unboxed, in talking about Hugh Howey’s early finding regarding earnings in publishing today, mentions (esp in the comments) how disruptive the whole digital evolution / revolution has been so far.

In response to a comment I placed bringing up subscription services, he mentions how “subscription models..are mostly in their infancy as yet…”

Picking my own items of interest from the very free ranging comments and threads in that article, only makes me more curious, how (rather than if) Scribd’s and Oyster’s models will impact more traditional attempts to gain momentum and attention, like pre-orders.

My Guesses

My hunches, and they are only that, are that “ways” can be found to still gain benefits from pre-orders.  But possibly in a muted, if not mutated, way.

Pre-orders are a means of gaining steam via anticipation that creates enough orders (bottom line) to generate a buzz that will continue to propel the author and his or her work up the visibility trail.

Nothing wrong with that!

However…

in a subscription model, much as my wife and I do with Netflix, we aren’t rationing dollars for an item that then precludes our being able to enjoy other titles and authors (films).

Yes, we would like to watch / read the newest popular media offering.

But we don’t have to.

We can wait.

Enjoying a feast of other available work…until that newest greatest title is available.

Which shouldn’t be a problem in a digital subscription format with unlimited content-quantity available.

Unless the publisher or author have declined to be in the subscription model.

Then it’s a choice (at least there’s a choice) of paying to have something right away, or simply choosing from among the myriad of quality titles becoming available each day.

Plus -

…there are examples of artists like Beyonce simply going direct, with no pre-advance work, pre-orders or big hype, to her public.

Beyonce’s Surprise Album - Google search.

Naturally, for the vast majority of writers today, myself very much included, the name recognition to do something like Beyonce, with equal results, is slim.

Plus, as one of the links in the Google search above showed, Target refuses to sell Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album, there may repercussions, for not distributing in a traditional manner (pre-orders, single copy sales) vs being in a subscription service.

I hope not.

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Conclusion

And analogies and alignments of music and books and movies like these aren’t perfect fits.  Maybe not even close.

But they are thought-provoking for me.  They make me wonder, think, and contemplate what the future is bringing round to us.

Mark Coker, in his blog post, 2014 Book Publishing Industry Predictions, in item # 10, may have said it best -

“Subscription ebook services will change the game – If the ebook subscription services – the most notable of which are Scribd and Oyster – can make their business models work, then they’ll drive a game changing shift in how readers value and consume books.”

I believe, any models that benefit both the authors and the readers, and create enough value to also make money as the vehicles for our mutual benefit, will thrive.

Mutual benefit, versus mutual self-destruction, should be what will best drive everything we value.

In the arts, and in life.

All the best wishes everyone :-)

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Sheila & Adan

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