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“One Night in the Hill Country” – A Cozy Thriller?

15 Sep

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A Cozy Thriller?

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A novella, “One Night in the Hill Country.”

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Intro

I certainly didn’t (don’t) want to offend anyone. And I know mysteries already have a category called cozy mysteries, with lots of followers.

What’s happened though, is I’ve tried to peg my newest fiction piece, a novella titled “One Night in the Hill Country” – and what I’ve come up with is this:

I’m writing a cozy thriller!

Below, I show the process of how I (reluctantly) came to that conclusion.

I mean, really, isn’t it easier just being a thriller? (smiles)

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First, This is a Thriller, Not a Mystery

One Night in the Hill Country med“One Night in the Hill Country” features a woman protagonist, but also features the point-of-view of not only the villain, but supporting characters.

Even more essentially, as per this article, “In mystery novels the reader is only given information and clues as the protagonist learns them.”

As also pointed out in another article, “Thrillers have action.”

And, in a thriller, “the audience is waiting for something significant to happen. The protagonist’s job is to prevent the speeding bus from exploding, or the aliens from eating the crew.”

So I think it’s fairly safe to say, “One Night in the Hill Country” is a thriller.

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So Why is My Work a “Cozy Thriller” ?

Wikipedia has a nice general article about cozy mysteries.

Similarities :

1) Though sex and violence is in my work, “sex and violence are [definitely] downplayed.”

2) “detectives in such stories are nearly always amateurs..and frequently women” – Sam (Samantha) was a police officer handling children in trauma, but not someone in the field directly fighting crime.

3) “typically have a contact on the police force” – Sam make contact with Sheriff Mike Sullivan, but wishes, once she and the four children with her are in deep trouble, she could be in “more” contact with him.

4) “The cozy mystery usually takes place in a town, village, or other community small” – this story is set in a small family vineyard in the Texas Hill Country, a short ways outside a small town.

5) “generally members of the community where the murder [crime] occurs, able to hide in plain sight, and their motives—greed, jealousy, revenge—are often rooted in events years, or even generations, old. – definitely fits the antagonist and his sister.

6) “supporting characters in cozy mysteries are often very broadly drawn and used as comic relief” – ditto several, but not all, of the supporting characters. – this then applies, inversely, as support for being a thriller.

However :

“The precise boundaries of the sub-genre remain vague…”

And there are definite differences, which is why I think, in the case of “One Night in the Hill Country,” the work is Cozy Thriller.

Thriller Distinctions :

1) “The murderers in cozies are typically neither psychopaths nor serial killers, and, once unmasked, are usually taken into custody without violence.” – there is definitely a psychological thriller element to this work.

2) “supporting characters in cozy mysteries are often very broadly drawn and used as comic relief” – ditto several, but not all, of the supporting characters. – thus, this then applies, inversely, as support for being a thriller.

3) The murders take place off stage, and frequently involve relatively bloodless methods such as poisoning and falls from great heights. – violence is on-stage, though of a muted nature vs many thrillers.

4) The antagonist is known, and the problem is stopping that character from inflicting more harm.

5) Pace is quick and propelled structurally via short chapters, shifting locations, and multiple point-of-views.

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Conclusion

I think there’s enough variation that, possibly, it’s quite valid to think a new niche may be in the works.

One that blends some of what’s a thriller, with what’s in a cozy mystery.

Or at least it’s interesting to think about (smiles).

Thanks so much!

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Sample

One Night in the Hill Country medFor an eight chapter, 3000 word sample, please see my post : One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample .

This work is in Pre-Order for an October 19th release.

Links are provided in the above post to :

Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble for pre-orders.

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Advantage Smashwords – Reader Preview Selection

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Choosing My Own Preview to Show Readers

I figured I was done with my short series, identifying which self-publishing platforms had the best feature in certain areas, at least for me.

But while posting my sample chapters for my new thriller, “One Night in the Hill Country,” I was reminded of another: being able to choose how much preview to show a potential reader.

Even via a subscription program, especially using Scribd’s embedded preview feature (which I should also include as a platform advantage soon) the amount of preview embedded is determined by the amount of preview I initially select at Smashwords (example below).

The only thing better, is choosing my own length of preview on my own site, as I’ve done with “One Night in the Hill Country.” But my site doesn’t get the exposure of my book’s page on the multitude of outlets like Apple and Barnes & Noble etc.

And unless I’m missing it (very possible) I don’t seem to be able to choose my preview selection on Amazon.

So this is a clear advantage to Smashwords.

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Smashwords Sampling FAQ

For information, including precautions such that some vendors may or may not allow the percent of preview you would like to show, go to : https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq#pricing .

The link includes “pricing” but info on sampling is in the same area.

There’s still a wide latitude to choose from.

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My New Thriller

Pre-Orders and sample on my page, at : One Night in the Hill Country, a Thriller : 3000 Word Sample

 

Preview on Goodreads

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Visiting Vermont 2014 Art Hop

8 Sep

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Vermont Jazz Ensemble at Art Hop 2014

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September 08, 2014

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Intro

Last night Sheila’s brother, Kerry, once again took and guided us into, through, and back out of Art Hop :-)

I’ve tried to provide a sampling of what art events used to be like in both Houston and Austin, accessible, approachable, and lots of fun. Though, gotta admit, SXSW is still a lot of fun, most the time (smiles).

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Art Hop 2014

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Right in the midst of Art Hop, along Pine Street is a tiny street with places like Myer’s Bagels and, seen above, Speaking Volumes. We loved going there when we were here a couple of years ago, and were thrilled to see this area again. It’s literally a few feet from the Barge Canal and Lake Champlain.

I’ve a YouTube video I took 2011 of the inlet.

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Click to Enlarge © Felipe Adan Lerma

One of my favorite parts of Art Hop each time has been Sambatucada. Percussions and fun galore :-)

They’re fabulous just listening and jamming to them, but when they burst out marching into the crowd, wow! A video I took back at Art Hop 2011 is available on YouTube. It begins with my art at one of the installations, and progresses into the crowds at Art Hop.

And Sambatucada itself has a nice YouTube video.

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Click to Enlarge © Felipe Adan Lerma

Across the street, manned with male and female traffic guards with glow-batons to direct people and cars, situated my the Maltex Building (which is packed with several large floors of art work) is the Vermont Jazz Ensemble.

My YouTube video from 2011 also has some footage of them playing.

Totally different spectrum of energy from Sambatucada. Yet just as enjoyable and refreshing.

From here, we wandered onto several cordoned areas of music and movement.

One was a Kate Bush installation.

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Click to Enlarge © Felipe Adan Lerma

She has a nice You Tube video also.

Well, this enticed both my wife and I to join in :-)

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Sheila’s brother, Kerry, did a nice patient job of trying to capture the moment.

I’m not familiar with the job putting this on, ArtsRiot, but they seemed to have a really nice group of fun stuff to do, all grouped close together.

This particular music-art-dance was labeled the Kate Bush Wuthering Heights Dance Marathon.

Other than stopping for me to buy and eat an organic peach-cheddar-cheese wheat bread, we headed back home, getting to see one of the metal works installation lit for night time.

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Click to Enlarge © Felipe Adan Lerma

It was beside the Conant Metal and Light building.

Continuing back home (we walked!) we came across several homes that, at night, lit up, turned into fabulous art places to stop by. Here, Sheila and Kerry are back on the sidewalk waiting for me as I took yet another picture :-)

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Click to Enlarge © Felipe Adan Lerma

All in all, a great time.

The next night, Sheila and I returned for Art Hop’s fashion show, Strut.

I’m not sure what images I can use for a post, but I may end up just doing a short piece with some links. I’ll have to see. :-)

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Sheila and I Will Co-Create a New Vermont Photo-Memoir Book

We are co-creating a combo text and image memoir ebook of our five-week stay in Vermont this year.

It’ll have lots of original pics from this trip, plus commentary from Sheila reflecting on growing up here in Burlington Vt and being back.

Don’t miss my previous post, with some first days’ images of Art Hop 2014.

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Visiting Vermont 2014 – First Photos

5 Sep

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Lake Champlain, from the Vermont side.

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September 05, 2014

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Pictures from Vermont (our first few days)

We’re on our last week-plus of our five-week stay here in Sheila’s home state and home town of Burlington, Vermont.

We’ve let ourselves lounge, and we’ve let ourselves explore.

Luckily, Sheila’s keeping a journal of her impressions, returning here again. And I’ve been taking pictures all over the place (smiles).

Here’s a small selection from the first few days.

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Coffee was our first priority on arrival. This is a coffee shop around the corner from our apt.

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Being almost mid August, it’s definitely summer in Vermont, though nothing like back in Texas :-)

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Among the various Jumponit and LivingSocial offers we got before the trip while still in Austin, was for a ghost tour. This is the cemetery we would visit in a couple of weeks, at night – yes, very spooky! I’ve a night pic on my FB page that Sheila took :-)

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One of the unexpected bonuses of having an upstairs bedroom view of the lake from our apartment, was witnessing the changing of the light on the water. Amazing, subtle to distinct changes.

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Here, the light’s returned to the area around the small lighthouse. It’s a restored replica in full functioning order. At night it’s a definite necessity.

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Sheila and I Will Co-Create a New Vermont Photo-Memoir Book

Later, Sheila and I are doing a co-created ebook, with text observations from her and pictures from me. Probably take a bit of work and time to get it all together, but should be fun. :-)

This weekend coming I’ll try and post some pics from Art Hop 2014, including the fashion show.

Meanwhile, here’s a link to an Art Hop we went to a few years ago:

Photo-Poem : “Magic at Art Hop 2011″ Burlington Vermont

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Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing

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Category – Platform Advantages

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Intro

I won’t go into a lot of detail here.

It’s fairly straight forward and I’ll provide one example.

It’s on the extreme side, since it’s an older file of mine, involves over 100 poems and links and images.

But it makes the point. One platform wants / needs the changes below to make distribution happen. The other apparently doesn’t.

I did, to make sure, send my Amazon file to Kindle, and checked every single link. They worked fine. Also did not see any glaring font size changes that didn’t fit in.

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Ease of Publishing

Ease of publishing isn’t limited to having a simple upload of one’s file.

Ease of publishing is a state of mind, a peace of mind.

And like all else in this four part comparison of publishing platforms, all could and probably will change in the both the near and distant future.

So this is for right now, mid 2014.

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I should also add, if this was a title that was selling strongly across all channels, then I would, as I have several other titles so far, buckle down and fix the problems with this file.

It isn’t. So, for now, because I have other priorities, especially working on my new thriller series, it’s easier and more practical for me to default to the publishing platform easiest to use, Amazon’s KDP.

Example

This is true example of an early book of mine, “Arts Poems.” I know it wasn’t this bad when it first appeared, so probably some file data corruption’s gone on.

But that list of errors is a lot of checking for which links are inoperable. A lot of image checking of each image. And a lot of “possibly corrupt formatting” to go through to find the “slight font size differentiations.” And that’s assuming I didn’t want size differentiations. Which evidently wouldn’t be allowed anyways. Yuk :-)

The one counter-point I need to point out about all those demands below?

I probably wouldn’t even be aware of them if I hadn’t been told about them.

  • The title of your book in the cover image must match the book title in your metadata/Dashboard and within your source document. Please make all three match, including subtitle.
  • If you take a look at your EPUB, you will see that the links in the Table of Contents are inoperable. Common causes: Hidden bookmarks, improperly formed bookmarks, or bad or missing ToC hyperlinks…
  • Please right mouse click on each image, click ‘format picture’, then click ‘Layout’, then click ‘In Line With Text’, then click ‘save’. This will prevent your image from floating. Floating images cause unpredictable results in ebooks, and often harm readability.
  • Your book contains some possibly corrupt formatting. If you take a look at your EPUB you will see slight font size differentiations in your body text. This is caused by a mix of inconsistent on-screen formatting. One option is to do a CTRL-A and change everything to Normal style, then modify the style to enforce any individual characteristics you want.

As I mentioned in the intro, I checked my current Amazon file of this book, dating from 2012, tried every single poem’s link in the TOC, and they all worked.

The back matter is outdated and should be changed. But any font variations I saw were intentional and part of the look I wanted.

Bottomline: Change out and update the back matter for my Amazon listing of “Arts Poems” and not bother with the same title via Smashwords at this time.

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Future Posts : My Writing Process & New Thrillers

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Concluding my mini “Advantage” series, where I try to pinpoint the best use for various platforms I publish through, I’ll now turn my attention to posts about my writing process and my new fiction interest, thrillers!

My first, One Night in the Hill Country, is now ready in PreOrder for release on October 19th, my birthday. :-)

I plan to have the first few chapters up in a post as a sample soon.

Meanwhile, a sample excerpt, approx 3000 words of the 30,000 novella, is available via Goodreads.

I hope you’ll join me, and also take a peek at any of the stories that might interest you.

They are generally all available via major online etail outlets, subscription services, and libraries.

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Advantage Smashwords – Distribution

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Category – Platform Advantages

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Advantage Smashwords – Distribution – 090414

Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing – 090514

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Intro

The previous two days, I posted the “advantages” linked to above, for both Scribd and Amazon.

Today I list a very important consideration and advantage for Smashwords, their distribution range.

Yes, iTunes distributes world-wide, as does Amazon and Kobo. And Barnes & Noble is expanding.

And yes, one can upload to them individually. Actually I have one or two books in iTunes and Barnes and Noble and Kobo. I left those in there so I could keep my account, but removed the other titles to be able to handle in one swoop via Smashwords.

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Smashwords Distributes To :

There are so many options (one can also opt out), I think the best thing is to simply list what’s currently available.

This list usually is expanding, though recently, I believe, Sony went out of the ebook business.

I’ve also notated what I might or might not know about that channel.

Sony – no longer in eBook business

Barnes & Noble – growing distribution channels

Kobo – wide distribution

Amazon – very wide distribution, but limited availability via Smashwords

Apple – very wide distribution, possibility of an ebook subscription service?

Diesel – no longer in eBook business

Page Foundry – not familiar with

Baker & Taylor – distributes to libraries, but no personal experience beyond that

Blio – ditto

txtr – new subscription service, coming soon?

Library Direct – i’ve opted out, not clear on how this works

Baker-Taylor Axis360 – no personal experience

OverDrive – huge potential, unfulfilled at the time of this post

Flipkart – distribution into India, no knowledge beyond that

Oyster – good distribution system, limited success for me so far

Scribd – great customer and writer contact service, good sales channel so far

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Additional Advantages of Smashwords Wide Distribution

  • Non-exclusivity
  • Option to opt-out
  • Set royalty rates across the board
  • One stop submission and distribution

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My New Thriller

Smashwords extensive distribution channels, and my ability to upload directly to most of the major channels myself (doesn’t apply at this time to Scribd, Oyster, and OverDrive; maybe others, but not concerned with those at this time).

That gives me my direction for my newest work, a novella thriller, “One Night in the Hill Country.”

Preview on Goodreads

Preview on Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23150209-one-night-in-the-hill-country

For a probable Vermont image intensive ebook for later this year, that probably won’t be the case as has been with other image books I’ve produced. File size will be a steering factor in my choice then. See my post, Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size.

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Tomorrow

Reminder, tomorrow’s post is: Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing.

I’ll have a very specific example.

Thanks so much (smiles)

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Original fiction, photo-memoirs, and poetry by Felipe Adan Lerma

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“the intent of this blog is to incrementally build a body of thought that works toward integrating various topics, yoga, fitness, and the arts – it’s a process…”


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Site Areas

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Fitness ** Arts ** eBooks

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Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size

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Category – Platform Advantages

Related Articles :

Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

I’m Experimenting Again : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Short Chapter Shifts

Advantage Scribd – Reader Data – 090214

Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size – 090314

Advantage Smashwords – Distribution – 090414

Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing – 090514

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Intro

Yesterday I posted “Advantage Scribd – Reader Data” giving examples from Scribd’s invaluable reader data for writers.

Today I give a huge important advantage, especially for photographers, to Amazon: file size.

My example for this is “PhotoPoems Book One Seven Volumes.”

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Size Matters

Most ebook etaliers and distributors, from Barnes & Noble to Smashwords, have file size limits that let their upload platforms function properly. Apple has a huge file size limit (2 GB), but currently doesn’t have a subscription program (though, with it’s purchase of BookLamp, might be looking to create one.)

But, Amazon also has a large file size limit of over a 600MB!

Their help page says :

You can upload manuscript files up to 650MB. Amazon KDP can convert Word doc and docx files, MOBI, Epub, HTML, and PDF files up to that size. KDP can also convert txt files up to 50MB. The largest single image file KDP can accept is 5MB. If you submit a larger file, it will take much longer to convert and may fail completely, so it’s best to stay below these limits. With that in mind, we’ve put together some suggestions for how to reduce your file size.

(always remember to check for current limits and/or restrictions)

This is a tremendous advantage if one wants to have images with enhanced clarity of detail and/or size.

My photo book above, has 70 images that needed compressing and reducing to fit within the limits of other platforms.

I should mention that Scribd’s app has a very useful feature where it can enlarge a selected imaged for a closer look, but of course it’s constrained by the quality and size of the image to begin with (in this case, via Smashwords.) But it is a great feature.

It’s possible I’d even redo this book, and place it (reluctantly) exclusively with Amazon, but two of the seven small volumes that make up this larger book (Creative Gratitudes Vols 1 & 2), sell well individually on other platforms. Removing them is not something worth doing or risking.

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However (smiles) I do have a special “trip to Vermont” book my wife and I are doing together, “What I Saw, What She Said,” which should be perfect for creating with Amazon’s larger file size limit in mind.

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What I Saw, What She Said

Five weeks in Vermont! Being my wife’s home state, she has lots of memories to merge with our recent stay (late summer 2014). And being from Texas, I had (as usual) lots I saw I liked and tried to digitally capture.

It will be very nice, I’m hoping, to create an image (and text, from my wife, Sheila) book on our stay in Vermont, with images larger than a few inches.

With the larger file size per image mentioned on Amazon’s file page noted above, 5MB, little to no compression might be needed. Improving the data preserved.

And, since Amazon does have a subscription program, Kindle Unlimited, and my only other retail outlet would be Apple (vs also being able to offer at Scribd, Barnes & Noble, Kobe, and Oyster) I may also go that route. We shall see. :-)

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Tomorrow

Reminder, tomorrow’s post is: Advantage Smashwords – Distribution.

Thanks so much (smiles)

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New Thriller on PreOrder -

Available October 19, 2014

Download Preview Excerpt on Goodreads

Excerpt on Goodreads

Excerpt on Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23150209-one-night-in-the-hill-country

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Advantage Scribd – Reader Data

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Advantage Amazon KDP – Ease of Publishing – 090514

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Intro

Though I’ve previously compared Scribd to Oyster, then Scribd to Kindle Unlimited, today and tomorrow’s posts approach comparisons between ebook subscriptions a bit differently.

I’ll take a specific feature important to me, and explain why a particular platform is better, again for me, than the other.

I reference the “for me” part so strongly because, despite rah-rah supporters for specific vendors, there are really more similarities than differences, but the tiny things that set one apart from the other, are often only important to some people.

In other words, except for things like (for readers) specific authors, or (for writers) specific enabling features, it’s seems more like personal preference to me.

With that said, below is why, with reader data, Scribd is far far beyond any other service’s info for writers, including Amazon.

Tomorrow’s post, in a book type where size definitely matters, Scribd and Amazon swap places in regard to which is best for file size. Important for books with large images. Essential for book files beyond a certain size.

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Data Points

Scribd has lots more data writers could have, but evidently something between Smashwords and Scribd blocks that info getting to us.

However, what info does get to us as writers, is very helpful.

I’ll give two examples from my July stats.

1)

In a subscription program, readers can and will come back to finish your book.

Since my own reading behavior confirms this idea, I figured I can’t be the only one who “tastes” a title, then saves it for another time.

Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink

payout type: READ
viewed pct: 76
interact start: 2014-03-04
interact last: 2014-07-13
$0.99

I have “lots” of short stories and novellas on my Kindle, Scribd app, and iBooks (Apple) that fit how a reader responded to my very short story, “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink.”

Sometimes I forget I even have that short work, or I’m not in the mood for reading it, or I’m into other titles I’ve already begun. Any number of reasons. But the ebook is there, and it costs the reader nothing extra to maintain that title in their library, and read it any time convenient and desirable for them.

Thus, a reader sampled the beginning in early March, then came back mid July and read it.

I consider that a huge plus.

In many ways, it’s even better than a DVD via Netflix, that I’d need to have resent to me. It’s more analogous to their streaming service. Start, end, and pick-up a movie (or in this case book) title when I want.

2)

If a work is read quickly, you’ll know it.

Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

payout type: READ
viewed pct: 96
interact start: 2014-07-28
interact last: 2014-08-01
$1.99

This info is particularly gratifying, not only because it’s my latest work posted (also a short story, but much longer), but also because I was trying out a new way of structuring the story.

Here, instead of a direct narrative line, beginning to end, I have segments, like chapters. Because the slices within the story are so short and within a piece which itself is short, I simply used asterisks (vs chapter numbers).

I also jump point-of-views, adding perspective.

And I do these cuts and jumps fairly frequently and quickly.

I enjoyed this style so much, I applied to my newest work (on preorder) “One Night in the Hill Country” which is a novella.

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Seeing and knowing that a reader started and finished the work in a few days, was very encouraging and validating.

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Tomorrow

Reminder, tomorrow’s post is: Advantage Amazon KDP – File Size.

Thanks so much (smiles)

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Is the Pen Mightier than the Sword? I Don’t Know – But I Have a Pen

30 Aug

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga DayIs the Pen Mightier than the Sword? I Don’t Know – But I Have a Pen

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Yoga family fun with grand kids and grandparents. In Paris!

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Setting a Purpose for Myself With the Arts

I’ve had the skeleton for this post a few weeks and this morning read an interesting post via Joe Konrath : The Opposite of Legacy. This is an excerpt :

I wonder if my blog isn’t just another form of validation. Have I traded my desire for acceptance by the legacy system for acceptance by the shadow industry? Has the thrill I once got from a PW review been replaced by the thrill of reading my blog comments, or being retweeted? Am I an activist for the same reasons I spent ten years trying to break into legacy publishing, because it makes me feel legitimate?

Maybe, just maybe, our time is better spent writing. By being the change, rather than bemoaning how others aren’t seeing the change.

We no longer need gatekeepers. Not legacy publishing gatekeepers. Not legacy media gatekeepers.

And we no longer need to keep telling them we don’t need them.

They don’t care. Neither should we.

And it prompted me to return to this post and finish it out.

I, like most people, care about a lot of things. And was finding myself spending more and more of my time commenting on various sites about the issues I cared about, and liking it more and more. Soon, I realized, very soon actually, I was spending more time commenting than working on my art, my writing. Stories.

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The Challenge

The usual big challenge, for me as probably for most writers, is integrating the social and personal issues deeply in well depicted characters and actions.

A good example, and a book I just finished reading, is Matthew Iden’s “The Wicked Flee.”

Human trafficking, drugs, teen prostitution, women’s issues.

It’s a powerful thriller-mystery well told.

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My Vehicle

Thrillers

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Much as I finally gave up abstract painting in favor of a more impressionist style, because that was what I enjoyed viewing and seeing and having around me, so I am also working my fiction into the thriller genre.

Doesn’t mean I can’t still try to be stylistically challenging to myself: letting the dialog dapple the mind, descriptions tug at the heart and gut, craft river flow transitions – mixed with abrupt chapter changes creating counter-point and contrast, and characters that linger -

But I want the things that matter to me, to show up in my fiction.

And compel the reader to consider those issues.

Or, minimally, become aware of them.

As things people do.

And are.

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Thus, I wrote my first thriller, a novella, One Night in the Hill Country. (currently in PreOrder)

It includes issues about illegal immigration, romantic relationships, war, child abuse, family, and more.

But what I try to do is, show it, not tell it.

Short exciting chapters.

Multiple pov’s.

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Commenting, Swords, and Pens

Don’t get me wrong, I still comment. But more judiciously. Let’s hope I maintain that, and channel my very real concerns and interests into stories that will encourage readers into thinking more deeply about the problems they feel strongly about.

So, no, I don’t have a sword, but I do have a pen, and hope to put it to good use. (smiles).

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Preview, Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day” – Courtesy of Scribd :

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Review: Zoo by James Patterson – Pluses Minuses & the Cost of Reading

25 Aug
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Pluses Minuses & the Cost of Reading

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Intro

Nearly a month ago, I posted a rare book review on Amazon, for James Patterson’s book Zoo. Shortly after, a huge flare-up in the continuing Amazon-Hachette negotiations blew up, with authors and readers and who knows who else taking sides.

I had been intending to post my review on my site, but decided not to til now. Things have cooled, I think :-)

For the record, as per my review, I definitely feel lower ebook prices are what “I” act on.

But/and/plus/additionally (smiles) I also believe the actual agreement on pricing between these two companies is, exactly that, between those two companies. I don’t think either entity should be allowed to or enabled to force the other to do anything. It must be an agreement between the two.

If I don’t like that agreement, I’ll do business elsewhere.

That’s part of the point of my review.

Beyond that, there is my own experience reading Patterson’s Zoo.

It has been very influential in releasing preferences for my own fiction work, and I’ve listed some posts in regard to that above. Only Matthew Iden’s opening scene in, The Spike, has held its impact in my mind as the first preview chapters of Zoo have, from two years ago. That’s pretty good in my book.

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The Review

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3KXRXIXDJCBE6

I purchased this at Half Price Books with a 50% off coupon last week because nearly two years to the date, I read the free sample chapters and was hooked. But hardback and ebook prices were more than I was (and am) willing to pay. Browsing through the store (my wife had already gotten a book for the grandson) I happened past the book among a slew from the author. Immediately I remembered the tension and remarkable clarity of suspense when I had read the sample nearly two years before.

I believe (and yes this might show how little I’ve read todate of thrillers) only Matthew Iden’s opening scene in The Spike has stayed as clearly with me. I had to wait for that one to come also, but thankfully a decently priced ebook was available.

The reasons I give this 4 and not 5 stars are enough that, if the drive of the story was not so strong, this would have been a 3 star.

But the story is that good.

On a minor but occasionally jarring level, some of the similes just didn’t make sense, or clearly didn’t fit the mood or tone of the chapter (and I do love those short chapters).

The rest of this review has some spoiler material.

A bit more bothersome was the repetitiveness of the animal attacks dispersed through-out the length of the book. Not that they didn’t fit as tension builders or the ending of the book, but that they seemed to simply be there to show another exotic locale. Another kind of animal. But felt like there was no heart in the chapter.

Complicating these same chapters (but not all the animal attack-kill scenes) was the easy question, if the world was finally hearing of these attacks, wouldn’t the characters that were killed (policeman, hunters, etc) have (1) been more prepared and (2) had a cell phone to call for help.

And when a mitigating tactic via smoke, or any other air dispersement) was discovered, why weren’t the military and police (especially) and regular folk, not outfitting themselves with smoke bombs, etc?

And at the end, with seemed totally believable to me just watching human behavior right now, why wasn’t the initial corrective measures simply quickly forcibly reinstated? With smoke and air dispersement equipment already in place, in case the experiment had failed?

That said, the parts that worked, with were most, and the thrust of the story, and the similes that worked, were all so extremely powerful and well done, they literally dragged all the above problems, and myself, straight through to the end. I liked it. I really really liked the book.

It was my first from the author, and definitely won’t be my last. But only at a good price. (smiles)

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First Impact on my Fiction : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

Preview courtesy Scribd

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Current Impact on my Fiction, new Novella, “One Night in the Hill Country”

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Pre-orders on Amazon (other outlets to follow) :

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

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