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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 Has the thrill I once got from a PW review been replaced by the thrill of reading my blog comments, or being retweeted?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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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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I’m Experimenting Again : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Short Chapter Shifts

22 Aug

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Short Chapter Shifts

New direction my creative work is going.

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Intro

Several factors have led me to feel comfortable trying something new out in my fiction.

Not that trying new things is entirely new for me :-)  The related article titles above both have nice examples of creative play.

Series within series

Prose and poetry

And my first 1st-person pov fiction since the early 90s

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I first found I liked short chapters reading a 50 page preview of one of Patterson’s books, Zoo. Couldn’t afford the ebook, so had to wait for State of Fear by Michale Crichton to get another fuller taste of this form.

And being a subscriber on Scribd, I found “lots” more of Michael’s work, including his first books, written as John Lange. http://www.scribd.com/michael5crichton

And Joe Konrath’s book “A Shot of Tequila” gave me a strong taste for scene shifting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._Konrath

No, basically I’m talking about these things being new to me, esp in terms of writing my own fiction.

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Grandma and Grandpa Do Lunch in Austin

Where in previous fiction, I worked to build word-based transitions from pov to pov and scene shifts in the story (Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel is a good example) – now, in this new story, I broaden the povs expressed, increasing the shifts in scene.

Since it’s a short story, the scene shifts are within the larger continuous scene of the story of Grandma and Grandpa taking four of the grandchildren, or trying to, to lunch :-)

I find the result similar to watching a half hour television show with multiple characters of interest, like The Middle (one of my wife and I’s favs).

Scene or pov shifts have a small space and asterisk notation.

I add the latter ( * ) because I’ve noticed that, while reading on my iPhone, if the space break between scenes or pov shift are at the bottom of the flip page, sometimes the next section seems to start immediately, and the space break isn’t apparent until you realize there’s been a shift.

Essentially then, I’m working cinematically.

I think I’ve been trying to write like that, for quite awhile. “The Old American Artist” my first novel since 1983, has short chapters and even bounces back and forth on two time-lines, the past and present, til they meet near the end of the book.

What I want to do now, is do it more cleanly, more clearly – oh, and have a lot of fun :-)

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New Mystery-Thriller Novella

As a tease (I plan to do a lot more posts on this) I’ll mention that I’ve finished the second write-through of a new novella, my first longer mystery-thriller since “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” which is a short story.

The new novella, possibly named “One Night in the Hill Country” has over 70 chapters and is running just under 30,000 words.

Below, are previews of both short stories mentioned earlier: “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” and “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Short Chapters – My Guest Post: Why I Like Them

21 Aug

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I’ve a Guest Post on Andrew Knighton’s Site :-)

I’m very glad to say I’ve my first guest post on another person’s site, Short Chapters, My Growing Preference

As proof of the internet’s reach, even for folk like me, Andrew’s located in Northern England, and I’m situated in Texas (though currently visiting Vermont, my wife’s home state.)

Shorter segments has been my growing preference, both in reading and writing, for a while. And mimics my usual poetry length of one page or so.

I get to go into all that in this short piece. Please go by if you can and say hello (smiles.)

Excerpt:

Whether I’m reading shorter chapters or writing them, I’m finding more and more I really enjoy how they encapsulate micro moments in a story’s thread. Like scenes in TV show or movie I really enjoy, like The Middle or instance.

What’s surprising to me is, I should’ve know all along!

Andrew’s an interesting fellow. Be sure and check out his “about” page – http://andrewknighton.com/about/

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Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa

My newest short story, “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is my first work where I consciously allowed myself to apply the concept of shorter chapters.

I like the concept of “chapters” vs segments, because they seem to be more complete pieces in themselves. I don’t think that’s a necessary definition, but just something that fits with my own perceptions, and thus works for me.

“Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” is a short story, set in Austin Texas, and available via regular major online outlets, subscription services, and libraries.

Preview, courtesy via Scribd :

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

14 Jul

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinOyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

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Short light crime mystery-thriller, set in Austin Texas.

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In This Post :

  • Previous Related Articles
  • Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)
  • The Winner, so Far
  • Reasons
  • Available Titles and Reading App Features
  • Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd
  • A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd (preview)
  • My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

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Previous Related Articles :

Finally! Enough Related Content to Give a Little Away :-)

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

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

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…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

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

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

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Oyster vs Scribd, I Pick Scribd, For Now :-)

The Winner, so Far

As you can tell from my own related articles above, I’ve been tracking how things go with both Scribd and Oyster since my work first started appearing on them (via Smashwords) early this year (2014.)

Picking a winner though, right now, would be like saying which thorough bred was the winner just outside the gate. Too many things can change. New competitors, new features, being bought out, etc (and no I don’t have any inside knowledge or info, just what can happen with most any company).

But, for now, based on just my own personal experience, as a reader and a writer involved with both, I have to pick Scribd.

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Reasons

Price, at a dollar difference, is not enough to sway either way. Though, I’ll admit, if Scribd went up a dollar I’d be angry and demand to know why :-)

And though there’s lots of differentiating features, more so for writers (but which benefit readers), which I’ll list in a moment, the big big difference for me has been superior customer service at Scribd that I give the current ultimate compliment of being Amazon-like! My own consistent contact at Scribd I’ve been extremely fortunate to have, is a lady named Alison.

Over and over, as evidenced by some my articles linked to above, I have had consistently helpful, courteous, approachable service from Scribd.

Granted, I haven’t felt I needed to contact Oyster for anything in regard to my books listed with them, but then :

they don’t have an author page that would need tweaking or updating

or an embedding feature where links to my books need to be stable and continuous

or reporting data on sales and views that enables a person to analyze and question and verify

or the ability to search titles without a subscription – specifically mine :-)

or enable readers to read my free-priced titles fully, even without a subscription

Most of those features above help me, as a writer, as much as a reader.

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Available Titles and Reading App Features

The mesh of available titles and features that continually are being upgraded on both subscription plans are, I believe, on par enough not to be a major factor for me.

I do – very much – like I can read my Scribd titles online, via Scribd’s site, but I believe Oyster is working on that. This feature easily lets me have more than one book going, each bookmarked to my last point read. Very handy :-)

And I don’t mean to minimize either the title selection or app features. If either platform fell far behind in important features to lots of folk (whether it be highlighting & sharing, dictionaries, bookmarking, etc) – there could be a perception that that company was “falling behind” and wonder why.

I have seen that Scribd has had job ads for engineers for a few months now, and Oyster may have, I don’t know, but I take these as good signs that they, Scribd in particular, is committed to developing. I don’t really doubt Oyster is in the same mode, or they wouldn’t catching up on the number of types of apps (android, ios, etc) being released.

This is all good for us, as writers and readers.

Below, to give you an idea of the spread of titles available, I’ve listed those I’ve either read, or delved into enough I’d consider it a “browse” (ie, triggering a partial sale for the writer) and, I’ve kept it for further reading in my library for later on.

I know that, without paying huge amounts for current bestsellers, in hardback or over-priced ebooks, I have more books than I’ll be able to read for a long long time.

And what’s nicer, I can browse into any available title, and not encumber additional cost or worry about returns and getting a credit. Much like Netflix. I really like that :-)

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Titles I’ve Read Partially or Fully on Scribd

Scratch One – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

Odds On – Michael Crichton, aka John Lange

State of Fear – Michael Crichton

Easy Smashwords Formatting In OpenOffice – Jay Johnson

Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) – Amy Thomas

The Days of the French Revolution – Christopher Hibbert

Three to Get Deadly: A Stephanie Plum Novel – Janet Evanovich

What Every BODY is Saying – Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins

The Good Life According to Hemingway – A. E. Hotchner

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris – Kathy Borrus

He’s With the Band – J.M. Hardin

Janet Evanovich: A Biography – Donna Birdsell

The Lives of the Muses – Francine Prose

Stuck in Downward Dog – Chantel Guertin

Books Up Next

(in no particular order, i often like to stop/start on whim)

Easy Go – Michael Crichton, John Lange

Walks With Men – Ann Beattie

A Season in Hell – Jack Higgins

The Private Lives of the Impressionists – Sue Roe

A Dark and Sure Descent: Being a True Account of the Long Island Outbreak – Saul Tanpepper

Reclaiming Paris: A Novel – Fabiola Santiago

And who know what else :-)

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A Strong Title of Mine on Scribd

Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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My Free Titles (no subscription needed) on Scribd

Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks: Around Blvd St-Germain, Small Streets of Paris, Notre Dame – Days 1 & 2 -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231370469/Paris-in-5-1-2-Weeks-Around-Blvd-St-Germain-Small-Streets-of-Paris-Notre-Dame-Days-1-2

Going to SXSW in Our 60s, a Photo-Memoir -

http://www.scribd.com/book/231371122/Going-to-SXSW-in-Our-60s-a-Photo-Memoir

The Concert (Texas Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/210942956/The-Concert-Texas-Shorts

Slumming in Paris Part 2, With the Children: Welcome to Paris -

http://www.scribd.com/book/211894367/Slumming-in-Paris-Part-2-With-the-Children-Welcome-to-Paris

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter (Paris Shorts) -

http://www.scribd.com/book/202759053/Grandma-and-Grandpa-in-the-Latin-Quarter-Paris-Shorts

Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er) a Beginner’s Viewhttp://www.scribd.com/book/210941698/Nice-Thing-Bout-Getting-Old-er-a-Beginner-s-View

Please Note – if you have problems accessing any of these titles with or without a current Scribd subscription, please email my Scribd contact, Alison, at : support@scribd.com or smashwords@scribd.com .

These titles are also available via major participating online etailers and local libraries. Some sites fully participate (Scribd), some elect which to price free, and some – like Scribd – don’t require registration (Smashwords). Complete info is on my Free page on this site.

Thanks so much :-)

Sincerely,

Adan

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – Poster Child (of sorts) for Discoverability

18 May

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The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

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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…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

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

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

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – My Poster Child (of sorts)

As I’ve mentioned in several of my posts, my short story “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” has, in my mind, become the symbol of what went wrong, and what was made right again, in my entry into being listed by subscription services, especially Scribd.

“Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” is a short story that, even via reviewers who left 3 star reviews, say it’s good.  Yet, my sales on direct channels are nil.

But, in Scribd, this short first person mystery story became my first with over 1000 views.

Why is this happening on Scribd and not on other outlets?

And why do I think it’s not?

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Discoverability

Oyster

Is it happening on Oyster?  No idea.  No data.

Direct Sales Outlets

Does it come close on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobe, etc?  No idea.  No data.

Smashwords (SW) & Comparing View Counts

I’ve listed SW separately because, though it does direct sales on its site, its major value for me is its distribution system.

And SW does list “views” by potential readers for the listings on its site.

How fair it is to compare preview views from folk who might want to buy one of my ebooks on Smashwords, to :

  • views that may or may not be non-subscription views (potential subscribers)
  • partial views (either triggering or not triggering a “partial read” for royalty purposes)
  • or full views (enough of my book read to qualify for a full royalty payment to me)

I have no idea.  Not enough data.

Notice though, I say “not enough data” vs “no data.”

I can compare the number of views, of my poster child ebook for discoverability, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” for May 17, 2014, approx 2:45 cst.

  • SW samples : 40
  • Scribd views (which would minimally be a sample) : 428, 1262

Why two counts on Scribd?  They’re not sure, but are looking into it.  One shows up on a sample “do you want to read” page, and the other on the document book file page itself.

One is 10 times the views, while the other is 30 times the views.

One thing I do know.  Scribd has followed through before.

For instance : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin was inadvertently bumped off Scribd before they enhanced their book duplication software.  Thanks to some very hard work by the Scribd author support people, it was back up in about a week.  But, my “views” prior to its return, could not be re-instated in the count.

Two points : Scribd will do what they say for authors, and my count for Dirty Sixth Street, Austin is, in reality, 3-4 hundred views higher than indicated above.

Making the SW vs Scribd views, at least in regard to discoverability, even more significant.

Scribd Results Translated into Income

Are my views on Scribd translating into sales and money for me to live on to continue doing creative work (what it comes down to unless one is well off or subsidized)?

No idea – yet.  No sales data – yet.

At least, the promise of data has been made, by both Smashwords and Scribd, and, in my opinion, is something I can reasonably count on.

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Preview : Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A mystery suspense short

I’d like to add that other titles, like “Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda” and “Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts)” are also now both at or touching the 1000 view mark.

And I hope you’ll also choose to take a peek at another title crossing the 1000 view line :-)

Preview : Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day (Paris Shorts) – A family fun short story

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Bottom Line

There’s something at Scribd not happening at the other sites I have the same book listed.

In my next article, Scribd vs Oyster : An Early Comparison, For Reader & Writer, hopefully ready next week, the comparison will list components that I think make the difference.

Some of those elements may be present at Oyster, and eventually show up.

Others, I know, are not.

The number of views and the numbers of people joining Scribd’s subscription service tell me that, realistically, not only are my views higher than elsewhere, my sales probably are too.

Hopefully, soon, I’ll be able to post an update between discoverability, and sales.

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Breaking Info :

Subscription Services Debate, a Press Release :

Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services (June 11th)

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

Looks to be a doozie ;-)

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Alert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

17 May

Slumming in Paris Part OneAlert : Announcing DBW Debates: Ebook Subscription Services

June 11, 2014

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Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda

A Paris Romance.

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The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

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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…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

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

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

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Digital Book World Announces eBook Subscription Debate for June 11th

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

This is an extremely welcome debate, with reps from both sides of the equation.

There’s a link to sign up.

Hopefully it’ll be recorded and available for those unable to attend.

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Related

The Digital Reader is sparking a nice preliminary discussion on his site, with the comment thread beginning to develop nicely.

The Future of eBooks? Streaming is Now 21% of Music Revenues in the US

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Why I Care

Well ;-) as a writer and a reader, I’m very interested in ways to read books I like affordably, and, have ways to have my own books seen and hopefully enjoyed in a way that pays me fairly for my creative work.

There’s a lot at stake.

But honestly, compared to the opportunities before Amazon made the ebook easy to purchase, what’s at stake is really more about best choices for discoverability and fair income.

It’s an exciting time! :-)

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Preview : Slumming in Paris Part One Arthur & Gricinda – a Paris Romance

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The Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

17 May

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinThe Future of eBooks? – On The Digital Reader, the Conversation is Growing

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Short light crime mystery, set in Austin Texas.

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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…

Question Mark @ the Intersections of Pre-Orders and Scribd Oyster etc

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

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

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Intro

Subscription Services for eBooks

I was preparing a post, finally giving my preliminary impression of Oyster vs Scribd (coming later next week I hope), and saw this, from The Digital Reader:

The Future of eBooks? Streaming is Now 21% of Music Revenues in the US

Below, is my comment, one of several – and I’d highly recommend the others for the point-of-view and info.

In my comment, I reference a debate on the subject, which I believe, has the potential to be a reference point for where the discussion about subscription services for books is heading.

Meanwhile, the points Digital Reader makes, and the comments on his site, are well worth the short read.  It’ll be interesting to later read what Digital Reader (“I have my ideas, but I want to know what you think”) will also have to say. :-)

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My Comment on The Digital Reader

The Future of eBooks? Streaming is Now 21% of Music Revenues in the US

Potentially great debate coming up in June between pro & con folk on both sides of the subject : http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/announcing-dbw-debates-ebook-subscription-services/

My own reading on the subject, beginning when I needed to decide whether to join in with Smashwords to distribute to Scribd and Oyster, came up with the idea that book subscriptions, though similar to music streaming, were closer to Netflix’s model.

My personal reading experience, on both platforms, seems to support that idea.

Now, how that will translate to authors, which I am also ;-) is still unknown. As per this date, I’ve received no sales or views or reads data from Smashwords. Scribd does show me the number of views for a title, but it’s unknown if it’s a royalty triggering “view.”

However, my view count alone is significantly higher than I guess my views to be on other platforms, but I can only guess that at this point.

Some folk, like Joe Konrath, whom I respect hugely, feel the book subscription model is unsustainable (as per a comment reply from him to me on one of his posts). And without hard data yet, that’s certainly a possibility. I don’t agree with that, but again, without hard data, hard to say yet.

That’s why I began my comment with the link to June’s debate, sponsored by Digital Book World, narrated by Jeremy Greenfield. Reps (from the pro side) from Scribd and Smashwords will debate “NPR” style vs the CEO of ePubDirect and journalist Jonathan Blum.

I make a big deal of this because, there is so much still unknown and/or unreported, and this seems like a nicely open forum for a real debate, where facts and can be compared and contrasted.

If done right, I think this debate will define, either immediately or in hindsight, the book subscription model for the near future.

For now, I’m all in with both Scribd and Oyster.

And remain in my direct sales outlets.

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Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink – a Paris Short Story, Second Edition

14 May

Cotton Swabs, in Paris PinkCotton Swabs, in Paris Pink – a Paris Short Story

Second Edition now available.

New Original Paris images.

Two Paris poems.

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A very short story about the twinges of young love in Paris.

Humorous, sweet, touching.

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Architecture in Paris

Near Place Saint-Michel and eastern end of rue Saint André des Arts

Image included in “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink”

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Updated!

Initially released November 2013, I’ve updated “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink” with new bonus material :

  • 6 original Paris images, including the pink box that inspired the story.
  • 2 original Paris poems, including one published by Belleville Park Press in Paris, plus one new poem, written this year.
  • Lists to Paris photo-poem and Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks posts available free on this site.
  • Additionally, “Cotton Swabs, in Paris Pink” is now available by subscription or direct purchase.  Please visit my Authors Page for links to outlets like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Oyster, and Scribd.

The original story, a short humorous touching look at young love in Paris, has been kept intact.

Below is a small preview, courtesy of Scribd.

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Preview, Cotton  Swabs, in Paris Pink

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This story, like my other short stories set in Paris, is set within the time frame of the seven novellas making up “Slumming in Paris, With the Children – Parts 2-8.”  The preceding link lists all the volumes and the chapter titles.

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Other Paris Short Stories

Cafe Allonge at the Manifestation

Eiffel Tower Pose on Family Yoga Day

Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

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Slumming in Paris Part One, Arthur & Gricinda

Slumming in Paris, Part Two, With the Children – Welcome to Paris

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Mayday! on Amazon – “Very” Nice! ;-)

30 Apr

Dirty Sixth Street, AustinMayday! on Amazon – “Very” Nice! ;-)

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Short story crime mystery fiction.

Introduces a new character to my usual cast of tween-teens (6 children ages 9 to “almost” 18) – Sam (Samantha).

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Inside this Post :

Intro

Choosing an App for My Next Book

App Download Glitch

Final Thoughts

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Intro

About a month ago, after agonizing for forever in emotional time ;-) I finally decided on my first tablet.

Considering my first computer was a gigantic box from Apple back about ’92, 1992 that is, and having progressed through Bondi Blue and into MacBooks, choosing to by-pass an iPad in favor of an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, was wrenching.

But I did it.

There were more considerations than options for taco choices in Austin : price, app needs, camera megapixels, storage, connectivity, and, of course, customer support.

To be honest, there wasn’t any huge differences, at least in terms of my own needs.

Well, maybe price and external wireless hard drive issues.

But my wife and I had sat in stunned silence the day we first saw an ad showing live customer support on the screen.

Mayday.

The image of live immediate 24/7 help while using a new computer/tablet stuck with me.

And once I got my new Fire, I couldn’t wait to try the new feature out.

But it would be a month before I really needed it.

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Choosing an App for My Next Book

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Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW

In-progress, outlined, partially written, simmering in some memory sauce :-)

As per my most recent post, I’ve been searching for a reliable inexpensive alternative to both Word and Pages, and have settled, at least for now, on OpenOffice.  As per comments on my post, I’ll probably give LibreOffice a shot also.

Meanwhile :-)  beyond using Notepad Pro, which is a fine program, I wanted to try out what looked like the most robust word processing program in Amazon’s app store (just my quick view opinion, not the say so from anyone I spoke with at Amazon).

One that might have some of the features I’ve migrated to OpenOffice for.

Browsing the word apps, and I settled on OfficeSuite Professional 7.

I can save and edit files in doc or OpenOffice formats.

I can create links within and from my files.

Eventually, once I have time, I’ll try it and LibreOffice out full throttle feature, and do posts on that.

But I’ve my hands full getting settled with OpenOffice, getting settled with it.  Basically, at this point, I wanted an app I could work on my next book on, in-between my main work on it on my laptop, but via my Kindle.  For convenience.  Ok, and maybe fun too :-)

My in-progress fiction work is another short story, “Grandma & Grandpa @ SXSW”.

Thus the reason I feature “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin” at the top left of the page, and have a preview below.

This way I could work on my simpler work, format-wise, short fiction pieces, on my laptop, iPhone, or Kindle.

My more complex work, involving about a dozen images, a detailed in-file TOC, and numerous internally and externally directed links, still is easier on my laptop.  OfficeSuite Pro 7 on the Kindle may augment that, but we’ll see. :-)

Software writing app chosen, I was ready for the Kindle’s usual ultra fast glitch-free download.

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App Download Glitch

Despite various attempts, I kept receiving an error msg to try again.

After several tries I thought, “Hmmm, maybe it’s time to try that Mayday thing out.”

I pulled down on the screen from the top, revealing a series of options, such as settings, the app store, and of course, Mayday.

I tapped the icon, and waited about a minute.  I don’t remember if I got a “connecting” msg, but I didn’t seem worried.  After a few more moments, a small rectangular box opened up on my screen, and a pleasant lady identified herself and asked if she could help.

She listened to my narrative, asked a few questions, and we began trying to get OfficeSuite Pro 7 to “take” then download.

She asked if she could take over control of my screen.  I said yes, of course ;-)

I could see her hesitating, then she asked if I was using a blue tooth keyboard.

“Yes.”

My fear was I wouldn’t be able to use it anymore for some reason.  I really wanted to keep being able to use my new wireless keyboard ;-)

Turned out that was no problem, she just wanted to make sure that was why she couldn’t type into a search field.

She apologized and said someone in tech support would probably be better able to help and asked if she could transfer me over to them, after explaining my problem to them, so I wouldn’t have to be repeating myself.  Her tone of voice and manner made me feel this was more than a scripted response to my problem.

A Tech support person came on, but only a set of earphones showed up in the small box on-screen.

He had me pull up some settings, try a few things, then asked if he could call me on my phone, as it looked like we’d need to shut down my Fire and restart it.

After about another ten minutes, we found a way to download the app and we were done.

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Final Thoughts

I’m happy with this new level of customer service.  It’s reassuring.  It’s direct.  It works.

At least for me, this time.

I have heard, on various forums, a few, a very few folk, who’ve said their problem did not get solved.  But that’s the last I heard of it.

To me, this is a work in progress, and is a level of customer service and satisfaction building that, should, only get better.

And hopefully, be more emulated by other companies.

The only folk I’ve had direct experience with that even comes close to this level of service, as this was an author-client, rather than as a retail-customer, is Scribd.

There are other good companies trying out there in the retail world, even companies like Randalls with their Just For U app and phone service, and Walgreens with their Balance Rewards card and phone service – but Amazon is carrying the torch far into the distance.

That’s very hopeful to me.

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Preview, “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin”

First of (currently) four first person light mystery-suspense short stories.

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