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Playing Your Edge in Yoga or Writing Includes Enjoying Your Sweet Spot

23 Jun

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayPlaying Your Edge in Yoga or Writing Includes Enjoying Your Sweet Spot

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June 23, 2015

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Finding Your Edge

Back a few years ago I wrote a post on playing your edge in yoga.

At the end of this article are links to other posts plus a Google search.

Basically, over simplifying it, playing your edge is the conscious effort of finding how far you can push yourself – safely.

Usually, this is applied to deepening oneself in a specific yoga pose.

The way I approach my yoga edge is to find my set stretch point that my body goes to without much effort, gently breathe my way to a point of very comfortable extended stretch, then slowly see how far I can push my stretch – particularly aiming for correct alignment (vs, among many things, crooked feet or an unopened chest or not having my knee stacked over my foot).

My Sweet Spot

Somewhere from my set stretch point (that happens readily and almost without thinking), and where I shouldn’t push without danger of straining or harming myself, I usually become quite conscious of a really nice spot.

My muscles are taut and stretching, but not unduly. My breathing is slightly accelerated, but even and manageable. It feels like both toxins are being released and expelled and rejuvenating fluids and minerals are flooding my chest or leg or back or any other area I’m working on.

It almost feels delicious.

Guilt

Once I recognize deliciousness in my being, guilt gently knocks at the breezy open door of my conscious mindfulness, and says, “Ok, get back to work. Push that edge. Touch that floor.”

Writing

The same thing happens to me as a writer.

I get in a zone, a flow, words pour out. It feels good, sometimes exhilarating!

My dialog is sparkling, my descriptions are dazzling, and they even make sense and connect to the story :-)

And my all purpose internalized friend, Guilt, comes knocking.

“Enough of that. Work on transitions. Where are they?”

Uh…

Surprise!

Turns out, by a single twist of inventive logic, I’ve decided that, if the edge is the point of challenge, the place where I can expand what I can do and experience (to my benefit no less), and staying in my Sweet Spot has become a challenge to remain in, because of guilt vs laziness, then that delicious spot of allowing myself, my body, my mind, my spirit, to enjoy and internalize the sensuousness of accomplishment, is my edge.

Writing dialog, creating descriptions, connection characters –

Holding a stretch that warms, breathing soreness out –

Or at least one of these…

Conclusion

After all, even if it’s counter-productive to multi-task, it’s nice to admit, there’s more than one edge, one aspect of myself, I could work on.

One at a time of course :-)

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My Surprise Reason for Still Reading Traditionally Published Authors

19 Jun

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A thriller: One Night in the Hill Country

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

Read through to the end nearly every time.

A novella set in Central Texas.

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June 19, 2015

I myself am an Indie author, meaning, for me, I self-publish my work.

For a long while, I mostly still only read traditionally published authors. They were whom I knew, and enjoyed. And make no mistake, I still very much enjoy the work of Raymond Chandler, Janet Evanovich, Lee Child, Lee Goldberg, even James Patterson.

But slowly, then more fully, I began discovering self-published writers I enjoyed reading. Enough so I fairly dropped my reading of traditionally published authors. I discovered Gemma Halliday, Matthew Iden (who has since signed with an Amazon imprint), Joe Konrath, Ann Voss Peterson, and Andrew Updegrove.

From there, flood gates opened. Lesley Hayes is a marvel. As are many many others, including budding writers with few works, often flawed, but nevertheless fascinating: Simon E Bond, Silas Payton, Diana J Ferby, Rhonda Hopkins, Tom Benson, Carl Jones, Robert Swisher, Sherri DeWeese, and so many more it truly is a flood gate opened.

This doesn’t even include highly anticipated readings of work from indies like Katerina Sestakova Novotna (in Hawaii), Eric Lahti, Ceri Bladen, Mike Billington, Patrick Christopher Power, and a host of others I feel shamed not being able to mention them all.

And in quiet moments of deciding, I have wondered: why bother even going back to traditionally published writers? I enjoy the Indie writers’ work just as much, more often than not. Coming across a writer I don’t care for is a fear just as valid for new (to me) untried trad pub authors.

I know I still love the flips of danger and humor in Janet Evanovich’s novels. She didn’t produce 20 plus enduring Stephanie Plum books out of mere hype. Open a page to Raymond Chandler and his work speaks for itself. Lee Child will carry you to the end of each of his books, panting. Lee Goldberg is proven and continues to prove out on paper, big screen, and television. James Patterson, whoever or whatever he is :-) is an empire of creative content: Zoo, a powerful if flawed work (didn’t I say that earlier about Indie books?) opens on prime time TV this month (and I can’t wait to see how it stacks up to the book).

So what’s the surprise, continuing to read these writers’ work?

Because, like most Indie work, none are perfect.

A little tightening in the pacing needed here, a breather needed there; less description, more; too much dialog, not enough. A need for clarity.

I read the top writers’ work, Indie work, and my own, and see more in common than different.

And if I enjoy continuing to create stories, then reading traditionally published authors, along with Indie writers, reminds me – I’m doing ok.

I’m in the creative content flow of my time.

I’m grounded in my culture.

And yet original –

Also.

Thanks so much.

All the best, for all of us :-)

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Amazon’s New Pay-for-Pages-Read for Writers: Size Doesn’t Matter

16 Jun

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A thriller: One Night in the Hill Country

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

Review excerpt: “my second book by this author and so far my favourite…”

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Size Doesn’t Matter

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June 16, 2015

Under Amazon’s July-planned new payout plan for authors, the size of the book simply doesn’t matter.

The readers’ pleasure or desire to continue reading does.

Gone will be false enticements of bestsellers bought but not opened or finished.

Gone will be the value of piles of non-constructive reviews.

This is the best time ever for a writer to write.

But…

Write honestly.

True to the story unfolding.

True to the author’s intent and vision.

True to the characters and story line and language.

Open to the possibility of works of fiction of any length being viable.

Without padding.

Without excess cutting.

Without worry about the size.

Whether this new payout experiment works or not, it’s a groundbreaking opportunity to find out which of my works truly appeal and are being read to the end.

I hope you’ll consider any of the titles below that readers have indicated they enjoyed all the way to the end. :-)

One Night in the Hill Country – thriller novella

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MXGMN68

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Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day – family fiction, short story (in Paris)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DZAMU6O

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LZ7WRE4

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Slumming in Paris Part One Arthur & Gricinda – romance novella, set in Paris

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BROAHVA

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Texas Shorts Vol 1 – short story fiction with teen and tween family set in Texas

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBUW6AW

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Paris Shorts Vol 1 – short story extended family fiction set in Paris

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBGBUX0

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U7TQYN6/

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an unforseen afternoon full coverAn Unforeseen Afternoon – Kindle Worlds short story thriller, stand-alone part two to story above

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

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Articles with more info, including developing comment threads:

http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2015/kindle-unlimited-pages-read/

http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/06/15/amazon-changes-terms-for-kdp-select-will-now-pay-authors-based-on-pages-read/

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Surprise Benefit Writing For Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s Kindle Worlds

18 May

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An Unforeseen Afternoon

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Kindle World short with my character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix with Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s character, Chandler.

Iconic Codename Chandler meets Texas transplant Samantha (Sam) Lacroix at a high school under siege in Chicago. Action and interaction boil and overflow over each other in this fast paced, witty encounter between two experienced crime fighters. Having to deal with four kids (teens and younger) caught in the cross-fire, is just a bonus.

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May 18, 2015

Increased Exposure is Not a Surprise, Ratcheting Up My Writing Was

Increased Exposure

This was a given, or at least an assumption of something I would benefit from: exposure to the fans of the author from whose work I was using a character to write a story.

Certainly besides new readers, I also benefited from exposure to other writers interested in the same genre, thriller-suspense. More specifically to writers that enjoy work from Joe Konrath and/or Ann Voss Peterson

Joe recently had Ann guest post on his blog. As usual, the comment thread itself was worth following. There was a legitimate question of whether authors participating in Kindle Worlds would suffer a dilution in their character.

I had been working a multi-month full time temp job and hadn’t had a chance to post a comment until the day after the blog post, but did get to join in and say I didn’t feel that was the case for me.

I mentioned that “My most surprising realization was, putting my own internal characters into words with characters I’ve read and enjoyed, required me to internalize what I had only before read and felt, but not re-expressed in my own style and writing.”

Benefiting My Writing

I believe anyone who has done any creative work in any art field, and probably anywhere in one’s life, knows the feeling of experiencing a work of art and wishing they could do something like that.

More specifically, experience the creation of something like what they read or saw or heard.

That’s what happened to me writing my two short stories (somewhat related story thread and continuing) for both Joe and Ann’s respective Kindle Worlds.

Needing to internally live through (write new fiction) how I had experienced Jacqueline Daniels and Chandler’s fictional worlds when I’d read them, while maintaining my character’s integrity and concerns, made me be able to write fiction I figured I’d eventually be able to pull off, but found myself being able to do now.

I internalized a skill set I desired: action thriller.

Not in the super fantastical world of either Jack Daniels or Chandler.

But in the everyday world I’m more familiar with –  and – have my own thriller character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix, in.

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CodeName: Chandler Kindle World

An Unforeseen Afternoon

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Jack Daniels & Associates Kindle World

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One Night in the Hill Country

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New Fiction in a New Kindle World – Codename: Chandler

5 May

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An Unforeseen Afternoon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

Kindle World short with my character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix with Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s character, Chandler.

Iconic Codename Chandler meets Texas transplant Samantha (Sam) Lacroix at a high school under siege in Chicago. Action and interaction boil and overflow over each other in this fast paced, witty encounter between two experienced crime fighters. Having to deal with four kids (teens and younger) caught in the cross-fire, is just a bonus.

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New Fiction in a New Kindle World – Codename: Chandler

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May 05, 2015

Codename: Chandler – New Kindle Worlds Fiction

An Unforeseen Afternoon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X4WX27O

It is a distinct pleasure to announce the opening of Amazon’s new Kindle World featuring Joe Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson’s iconic character, Codename: Chandler.

Including my newest, approximately 11,000 word, action filled short :-)

Please stop by and get a copy if you can.

Thanks so much!

Adan

ps – I’ll have more posts in the near future about writing in Kindle Worlds, including the most surprising (for me) benefit of having participated.

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My Blogging Priorities : Fitness, Family, and Fun

3 May

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May 03, 2015

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Where Have I Been! :-)

Working

It’s been nearly two months since my last post, longest gap yet.

I’ve plenty of legitimate understandable excuses, uh, reasons. I’ll list those in a moment. More important is, what have I learned about myself during that time and where am I headed.

This is my third year doing a full-time temp job which this year began very early March. It involves a nearly three-hour commute, an early rise and an early to-bed. At 64 1/2 I’m stretched to eat, bath, and see if my wife is still staying where we live :-)

It’s an interesting, if demanding job. And the commute (a bus, a train, and two long 1/4 mile walks) can range from boring to outright fraught with uncertainty.

Needless to say, time is a premium.

And even more of a premium, but fully a parcel of time, is staying healthy enough to do whatever needs doing.

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Creative Endeavors

cover v3Initially, at the start of March, I had finished my first short for Joe Konrath’s Jack Daniels Kindle World. It was exciting immersing myself into that level of hero and story action.

Immediately following came an opportunity to also write a short for a second Joe Konrath Kindle World, one he shares with Ann Voss Peterson – Codename: Chandler.

Pushing through the entire month, while working and walking and riding the rails (ha! :-) ) I completed an even longer short (11,000 vs 5,000 words), with an even more action centered character. In both stories I got to include my own fictional thriller character, Samantha (Sam) Lacroix.

All in all, an incredible learning experience in regard to super action thriller pacing and depiction.

And that new story, with Codename: Chandler, “An Unforeseen Afternoon” – extends a thin story thread from the first story with Jack Daniels. Each story feels complete in itself, but with some doors left open for more.

Great accomplishment, creating two such intense creative works and working full-time with a long commute.

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Reaching My Limitations

But something had to give to leave time for all that, and in my case it was my fitness. My health was feeling the pressure and I was already beginning to show signs of getting sick. Increased allergy susceptibility. Fatigue. Loss of drive. Congestion. I’ve been down that road enough times to know I was on borrowed time.

So I cut back almost all social media. Then cut back my reading. And finally my writing. My energy level was down to getting up, going to work, getting back home, and resting.

I made a decision that, rather than force myself to continue commenting on social media at my previous pace, forcing myself to write tired, forcing myself to read half asleep, I would force myself to go to more yoga classes.

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Fitness

adan on bike april 2015I had tried to go once a week to a free community based yoga class, and really liked it. My wife and I have fitness backgrounds, and were nationally certified by AFAA to teach, and did for several years, to seniors. So getting back into fitness classes wasn’t entirely new. Just starting back up was :-)

Because of scheduling for transportation to work and work hours, I needed to find a better array of classes at times I could attend.

I found a nice assortment at Blue Honey Yoga for the weekends, and began building my stamina back up.

Soon I added a weekday evening class.

And finally I reached a point where I felt whole again. More whole actually, than I had in a few years. Sheila even told me I looked happier and better, so I knew it must be true :-)

Last week, with three weeks to go on my full-time temp job, I started trying classes at another yoga location, Yoga Yoga. The selection of classes and times enabled me to try even more classes, in an even wider range of yoga styles, from gentle to hatha to kundalini to sound infused variations.

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Convergence

This week I got word the second Kindle Worlds short, for the launch of Codename: Chandler, was ready for review and uploading, with a target launch date of Tuesday.

So this weekend is a mash-press of fitness classes, creative prep work for my writing, and (Friday) was the 34th anniversary of being married with Sheila.

Thus the title of my post: Fitness, Family, and Fun.

Because folks, for me, I’m like that thing we’re told on airplanes, if needed, parents grab your own oxygen mask first, then ones for your family.

I can’t help anyone if I’m not fit and able to do so. And I won’t have any fun if I can be fit enough to enjoy time with my family.

So there it is. :-)

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Going Forward

With so many interests, it’s been very hard for me to decide what to blog.

I think what I will try, after these next two weeks, is this:

  • blog announcements of new releases, fiction, audio, etc
  • blog announcements of useful or helpful reviews
  • blog posts on health and fitness, as I did for many years, and which I feature in most of my stories
  • blog posts on family and fun occasions

That seems like a full enough life. :-)

Thanks so much, everyone,

Adan

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Info Links for Joe Konrath’s Jack Daniels Kindle Worlds @ Amazon

4 Mar

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Joe Konrath’s Jack Daniels Kindle Worlds @ Amazon

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An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

Currently available on Amazon in Kindle Worlds

A 20 page, 5000 word, action thriller short, pairing my fictional character Sam (Samantha Lacroix) with Joe Konrath’s iconic well known character, Jack Daniels. Set in Chicago.

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March 04, 2015

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Joe Konrath’s Jack Daniels in Kindle Worlds

Info about the offer

Hi everyone – I’ve had a few requests already for info about the new Kindle Worlds from Joe Konrath for his character Jack Daniels. Here’s some links below.

If you’re outside the U.S., Joe has an agent he says will handle requests to participate. This would be by first contacting him after reading about the program (email below).

It’s not a perfect program. I would like a reversion clause. But film and TV rights for the story are protected. The character is protected across all outlets. And royalties are paid not only for digital, but, if Amazon decided to print, produce audio or translations, etc, for those also.

At this point in time, if one wants to and is able to create a story featuring one of his or her characters, and have them join with Jack Daniels (or other of Joe’s listed characters), this is, in my opinion, the best deal out there.

Joe’s site page of info:
http://jakonrath.com/kindle-worlds.php

official KW Amazon pg:
https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/world/JackDaniels

article about benefits via a writer’s perspective:
https://silaspayton.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/why-write-in-kindle-worlds-something-all-fiction-writers-should-consider/

and Joe’s email address :
joekonrath@comcast.net

Hope you also get to read my 20 pg thriller short in this new program, and, that you enjoy it :-)

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An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

My Story Synopsis

cover v3Jack and Sam, both ladies with law enforcement background, meet to host a children’s safety talk at a convention. But the guard opening the door is killed in front of them, the children already there have been abducted, and the two other guards inside are pinned down. Lt. Jack Daniels and Samantha Lacroix hit it off, and wouldn’t mind going for a drink together. They only need to make it out alive first. With the children.

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Daniels-Associates-Unforeseen-Conventional-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00U7TQYN6/

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Final Word

With this short story, I venture into a new world –

Joe Konrath’s, Kindle World of Jack Daniels and Associated.

I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Thanks so much!

Adan

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My Joe Konrath, Jack Daniels, Kindle Worlds Short Story – An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

3 Mar

cover v3My Joe Konrath, Jack Daniels, Kindle Worlds Short Story –

An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

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An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

Currently available on Amazon in Kindle Worlds

A 20 page, 5000 word, action thriller short, pairing my fictional character Sam (Samantha Lacroix) with Joe Konrath’s iconic well known character, Jack Daniels. Set in Chicago.

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An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

 

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March 03, 2015

Category – Kindle Worlds

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A New Opportunity from Joe Konrath and Kindle Worlds

An Unforeseen-Conventional Morning

My Story Synopsis

Jack and Sam, both ladies with law enforcement background, meet to host a children’s safety talk at a convention. But the guard opening the door is killed in front of them, the children already there have been abducted, and the two other guards inside are pinned down. Lt. Jack Daniels and Samantha Lacroix hit it off, and wouldn’t mind going for a drink together. They only need to make it out alive first. With the children.

http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Daniels-Associates-Unforeseen-Conventional-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00U7TQYN6/

New Opportunity

Today marks the beginning of a new endeavor and new chapter in Kindle Worlds.

Joe Konrath’s Kindle Worlds, Jack Daniels and Associates launches on Amazon.

He, with a handful of other writers, were what I aspired to in terms of thrillers: action with shifting point of views, jump shot changes of chapters to different settings and characters, and the use of short chapters.

Somehow, I believe I’ve managed to include all of that, inside this new short story, and still be entertaining and fun to read (smiles).

If you are a reader, this particular Kindle World will offer you a chance to see a character from another reader’s world (in my case it’s Sam, a female ex-cop that works with children) interact with one of Joe’s many characters. I’m most familiar with and enjoy Jack Daniels, his female police detective.

If you’re a writer, you of course get to see the same thing as readers ;-) but –

Might get some ideas of how to use your own characters this way also.

It’s an intriguing experiment I felt was definitely worth trying.

https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/world/JackDaniels

Pluses and Minuses

The advantages are huge for me in terms of recognition, expanded reach, and just pure enjoyment of having my creative self interact with a character I first learned to like via another author’s pages.

IP advantages include keeping my movie & TV rights, and getting a decent royalty split with a well known proven author, Joe Konrath.

At this time, the only thing I’d like to see expanded (Amazon says this new program is still evolving), is adding in a reversion clause similar to that offered in Kindle Scout.

That way there’s not the sense that the work is out of our hands forever.

Final Word

With this short story, I venture into a new world –

Joe Konrath’s, Kindle World of Jack Daniels and Associated.

I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Thanks so much,

Adan

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Happy Birthday to My Valentine Baby, Sheila :-)

14 Feb

Love's Travels - Vermont, Paris, Austin; © felipe adan lermaHappy Birthday to My Valentine Baby, Sheila :-)

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900 Word Poem.

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Vermont, Paris, Austin.

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Happy Birthday, Happy Valentines! :-)

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“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!
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I love a book that allows the author to take us on a journey, and Felipe does just that.
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Opinion:

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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