Read Tuesday: Now Accepting Books for 2014

Charles Yallowitz:

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READ TUESDAY

The time has come,

A wonderful day,

For those who love books,

called Read Tuesday.

Like Black Friday,

But not for television;

Give the gift of reading

This holiday season.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

Read Tuesday is now accepting submissions for:

  • Kindle Countdown Deals that include Tuesday, December 9, 2014. (Please try it out and verify that dates are possible before you sign up.)
  • Temporary Kindle price reductions that include Tuesday, December 9, 2014. (Please try it out and verify that the lower price is possible before you sign up.)
  • It’s okay to start early and end late. This might be to your advantage.

Listing on Read Tuesday is FREE.

Sign up by clicking here. This will take you to a one-page Google Docs form to complete. If you have any trouble with the form, please use the Contact Us button on the Read Tuesday website.

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Durned if You Do, Durned if You Don’t

Charles Yallowitz:

Very true. Oddly uplifting too.

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

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YOU CAN’T WIN

No matter what you do, your book will never be good enough.

Editing:

  • If you don’t get your book proofread well, the critics can be brutal.
  • But even if you iron out every spelling and grammar issue, people can still complain about editing. Show more, tell less. Language is too plain and simple. Language is too complex. The point of view changes where it shouldn’t have.
  • And even if your book is masterfully edited, you can still get a sour grapes review that claims that it’s poorly edited. For if the book just has a few reviews and one mentions editing issues, most customers will believe this at point-blank. Unfortunately, it’s often the case, so such sabotage can easily be effective. Your book is vulnerable. (But not defenseless.)
  • No matter how well-written a book is, there will still be readers who don’t appreciate the style. You

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The Week of Bring It!

First, I have no idea what is going on in the music video.  All I know is that I really couldn’t look away once I started.

Anyway, this is gearing up to be a busy and eventful week.  Due to situations, I will be having to do all the cooking and cleaning and kid wrangling in the house until mid-November.  That third thing will only be done on days off from school and sick days if they occur.  It still means my writing, editing, promoting, and everything else will be dependent on what else has to get done.  I’m hoping to get Tri-Rune edited by the end of Monday before everything really heats up on Wednesday.  This means I’ll get it done on Tuesday since the weekend has family and chaos.

Speaking of editing, I’m guessing that’s all I’ll be doing until January unless I get lucky.  I still have Books 5-8 to read through to make sure I have all the continuity for when I tackle Book 9.  Book 6 is very important because it’s the next one to be released, so editing will be done there.  Will it be edited and have cover art by December?  No idea, but I hope so.  I can’t make any promises on that.  With any luck, I’ll have a mid-December release because I really want to get it out before Christmas.  I’ll be checking in with Jason once November starts to see how he’s doing and I should be getting to my end of things by that time too.  If the last book taught me anything is that things happen and one can only roll with the punches.  For those that don’t remember, the last book had disease, injury, hard drive crashes, and various others disasters.  So all I ask is that people be patient and trust that I will release a new book in less than 6 months.

For those that haven’t heard the news, I have my first LIVE INTERVIEW on Wednesday, October 22nd, 10-11 EST.  Here’s the bank that you can click on:

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Goals of the week:

  1. LIVE INTERVIEW ON WEDNESDAY!
  2. Get haircut before interview.
  3. Finish going over Family of the Tri-Rune.
  4. Start reading The Compass Key to make continuity notes.
  5. Notebook work on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  6. Do some more blog posts for November.  No clue what to use as a topic for the last week.
  7. Bring car in for oil change and possibly pick up new glasses.
  8. Wrangle son and get him to behave while I cook dinner.
  9. Make Asian Burgers on Wednesday, Sesame Peanut Butter Noodles on Thursday, and Lemon Chicken with Asparagus on Friday.  (I’ll probably make this more organize for the previous weeks.)

OH! I ALMOST FORGOT!  I think I fixed the intergalactic bounty hunter issue, but it’s going to be a challenge for me.  Seeing as this is a character who is crash-landing on Windemere, it might be a good opportunity to attempt a First Person POV series.  See the world through her eyes and mind.

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Meet and Chat with Charles E. Yallowitz on October 22nd!

CHANGES Theme Image_3Get over Hump Day with me as I have my first LIVE interview courtesy of Sally Ember!

The event goes from 10-11 EST and you can click on the banner to go to the site!

For fun, here are some tips I’ve received:

  1. Don’t pick your nose.
  2. Don’t pass out.
  3. Remember to wear a shirt.
  4. Remember your name.
  5. Check what will be behind you on the video.
  6. Disconnect the phones and mute cellphone.
  7. Pray that the son does not get sick.
  8. Put up ‘Doorbell Broken’ sign.
  9. Go to bathroom before interview.
  10. Get a haircut, ya hippie!
  11. Shave and wash your face.
  12. Lose some weight . . . not sure how I’m supposed to accomplish this.
  13. Get a tan . . . I know I’m kind of pale, but I’m not going Oompa Loompa here.
  14. Try not to stutter or make the audience think your webcam froze.
  15. Pay your Internet bill.

Hope to see people there!

(Yes. I will be posting about this every day until it happens.  At least tomorrow it’ll be mentioned in the goal post.)

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Doomsday, Kindle countdown deal- day 3

Originally posted on Daily Echo:

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… Our Father, Lady, Countess-Grae, ached fretful and pensive in her bilious Ostrich Feather quilt. Her pale face was pale. She was ailing but the money spiders still fell from her breasts in herds, as tiny, multi-limbed Bilberries, they scattered onto the ivory down all speckled and bright and abundant, shining like studded leather. Her lithe body basked in the wetness of her fever, twisted and wound in tangled sheets which bunched and gathered in knots over her shoulder then smoothed into gentle folds, swelling the busy spiders as they ran. A rather sickly looking leg limped from the covers, sickly but attractive. It relaxed and flopped to one side suggestively. The white pigs on the window sill blushed and snorted their disapproval.

“…But darling, how very clever of you…”
Earl Grae dripped petulantly from one of the wrought iron arches of the bed rest.
“Why, what can you mean…

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Amazon.com Sales Rank—How Does it Work? (Research-Based)

Originally posted on chrismcmullen:

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INTRODUCTION

How does Amazon sales rank work? Specifically, what factors affect the sales rank of books (or other products) at Amazon.com?

These questions will be answered in this article—as the result of years of research on this topic.

It’s easy to perform controlled experiments on Amazon.com sales rank. Here is the kind of research that went into the preparation of this article:

  • I’ve purchased hundreds of books, e-books, and other products over the course of several years on Amazon, both directly from Amazon and through third-party sellers on Amazon. It’s easy to monitor the sales rank before and after each purchase.
  • I’ve studied years of sales rank data for dozens of books that I’ve published. I’ve compared this data to royalty reporting and Nielsen Bookscan data from Author Central.
  • Since 2008, there have been cases where I was able to make firsthand observations of purchases on Amazon, in which case…

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W.I.P.- Heir of Chaos

Yola Biggs by Kayla Matt

Yola Biggs by Kayla Matt

Before anyone screams about sequel, I’m going to put a disclaimer.  This is a possible story and it can happen no matter what happens in Legends of Windemere.  The reason for this is because it revolves around Yola Biggs the Goddess of Chaos.  She can be a factor whether she lives, dies, goes good, goes evil, ends the series with an anti-gravity tea party, or ends up wandering to Earth where she rules the marmosets with an iron fist.  Seriously, this is a ‘villain’ whose combat repertoire may including taking off her own head and wielding it by the hair like a flail.  Basically, she’s nuts, a goddess, gets a lot of growth in Book 8, and has a story that can be told if I feel like it.  Still, I’m going to put the ‘more below’ thing here just to be safe.  Continue reading

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