Questions 3: Traditional and Indie Authors Edition

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This could be a can of worms that I don’t want to open, but I’m doing it anyway.  I’ve seen some nastiness appear on this topic before, so just play nice.  If you feel your answers are too big for comments then please feel free to write a post and respectfully link back to this post.

  1. What kind of relationship do you think traditional, self-published, and independently published authors will have in the future?
  2. How do you think all three will adapt and/or shape the industry?
  3. If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?
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Quick Post about Outage!

So we had a power outage this morning and I realized just how crappy an iPhone battery is.  I mean, I lost 10% of the power in 30 minutes of trying to sort emails and tweets.  Anyway, the kid and I are doing a play date at a zoo, so we’re out for the morning.  Just wanted to get a few things off my chest:

  1. What in the world happened to WordPress?  The like and reblog stuff are somewhere else and there’s a toolbar in the bottom right corner.  I already accidentally unfollowed a blog and then had to scramble to re-follow.  Sorry about that, John.  We really do live in a world where if it’s not broken, change it and possibly break it.
  2. I keep getting ideas for the comedy/action/blockaded USA story.  Even researched the area around Rikers Island to get an idea of location for the first chapter.  Unfortunately, I’m not getting to the writing.  Probably not until next Wednesday when the kid goes back to school.  By the end of the day, my mind is simply shot and I have no motivation to do more than watch TV.  Also I kind of feel like I wouldn’t get very far in the 2 hours that I have.
  3. Think I finally figured out how the finale of Legends of Windemere is going to go.  All the survivors, fatalities, injuries, scars, mistakes, and victories have been chosen along with who gets the killing blow.  So that’s my success.
  4. Don’t you hate it when you have a weekend coming up, want to do something, but you can’t because there’s an event with no locked in time/day?  Ugh.
  5. August sucks.  Horribly.

Well, I’ll be back later.  Off to do stuff.  Hope people are having a fun week.  Questions 3 will be going up at some point.

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August Interview: Luke Callindor the Forest Tracker

Luke Callindor by Kayla Matt

Luke Callindor by Kayla Matt

  1. If you had the choice of any occupation, what would you actually like to be?
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    Well I never had any skill in the forge and I always liked being in nature.  I think I’d enjoy being a regular tracker for hire.  Just act as a guide for forest regions when people want to wander and be protected.  Not sure how much money comes with that, so I’d probably need a side job.  Bounty hunter might work too and my grandfather would be happy that I’m using the family training.
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  2. Do you have any hobbies that you would like to be able to spend more time on?
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    My favorite hobby as a kid . . . and teenager . . . and currently is exploring the wilderness.  I love wandering around and taking in the environment.  You never know what you will run into and the stories you might come back with.  Hard to do when you have people trying to kill you.
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  3. What’s your favorite meal?
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    My mom’s cooking.  I really miss my mom’s cooking.
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  4. Do you play any musical instruments–if so, what? If you don’t, what would you like to play?
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    I know how to play the ocarina, but I haven’t had much time to indulge.  Playing it always relaxes me.  It also draws animals to you if you play at night.  Learned that the hard way.
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  5. Is there any one in particular that you wish you didn’t have to be around?
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    I’m torn between the Lich and Stephen.  I think I have to go with Stephen since he’s infinitely worse than Tyler.
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  6. Have you ever been strongly attracted to someone and it never developed?
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    No, it developed.  Twice.  Paying the price for that situation, which I’m hoping will come to a happy end for all involved.  Nyx keeps telling me that I have to stop deluding myself with that one.
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  7. Are you surprised about what you have become? Is this what you expected when you were a child?
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    Kind of.  I always wanted to be a hero because that’s what most of my ancestors were.  I felt a lot of pressure to earn a reputation since my last name had already made me kind of famous.  I never expected an adventure this big and important.  After all, being a hero is one thing.  Becoming a destined champion who will face an ancient evil is on a whole other level.
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  8. What is your biggest fear?
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    Spiders.  The Chaoswind Blade is pretty terrifying too.
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  9. If you could change places with another person in Windemere, who would it be and why?
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    Timoran only because it would get me out of my own messes.  Wait, I wouldn’t be as wise as him, right?  Guess I’d only screw up his life.  Although, him in my body might be able to fix my mistakes.  Sorry, that’s not his baggage.  I’ll change my answer to Fizzle because he always seems so happy.
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  10. What makes you happy?
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    Going on an adventure and being with my friends.  I love when we travel to a new city or type of wilderness.  It’s always so exciting and that makes me happy.
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  11. What does teamwork mean to you?
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    I don’t know.  It means a lot to me, but I don’t know if I can easily define it.  Teamwork simply happens when you work with somebody for long enough.  Other times it can click immediately because of a shared background or no obvious reason.  All I know is that it means I have somebody to watch my back and I have to protect them in return.
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  12. How would you define honor?
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    This is giving me a headache.  I don’t really think about these things very often.  Also, I saw what the other champions said and everyone seems to be right.  It’s such a fluid thing that changes depending on how a person is raised, their culture, and their experiences.  I could say that honor is defined by being a trustworthy person today, but future events can make me think it’s more about doing what’s right at all costs.
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  13. What’s the best way to hunt monsters?
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    I believe that’s called poaching.  Demons, undead, golems, and Weapon Dragons I can understand.  For that, you would need as many men as you feel comfortable with.  But most people point at naturally occurring creatures and shout monster as if they’re not supposed to be there.  They are.  So don’t go hunting something that hasn’t done anything besides living in the wild.
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  14. What’s your first response when someone makes you really, really mad?
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    Probably throw a punch, but I think most people would be like that.  At least if you’re pushed to the highest point of anger where you’re not thinking straight.
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  15. What’s it like working for Charles?
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    That’s a strange question.  Who is that?

Check out more of Luke Callindor in
LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE

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Bookbub Insights: How Long Should a Promo Last?

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksFollowing my post on how to get your book listed with Bookbub, I now continue with the second question: how long should a book promo last?

Turns out that the answer depends on what your goals are: are you looking to increase revenue, to market a book series, or to hit a best-seller list?

To increase revenue…

…you need to discount your book for five days or fewer. Authors see a 4x higher increase in post-promotion revenue when the book is discounted for five days or fewer. The key here is to revert your book to full price while it’s still high on retailer bestseller lists in order to maximize full-price sales and thereby drive more revenue.

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To promote a book series…

…the best strategy is to discount the first book in the series, or make that book free. But whether you decide…

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Brood X by @MichaelPCash #bookreview + $200 Paypal #Giveaway! #thriller

Originally posted on Princess of the Light: Books, Writing and Inspiring Others:

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Title: Brood X

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror

Book Blurb:

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.

During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.

Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.

During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.

Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.

Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening…

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New Interview and International Giveaway for Rise of a Queen

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As excited as I am for the the second in my Vampire Realm trilogy, remember it all started with Rise of a Queen. Check out my new interview plus an International e-book GIVEAWAY

Giveaway
Five (5) ebook copies of Rise of a Queen
Ends 11th September 2015
Open internationally!

http://gopaintbrush.blogspot.com/2015/08/international-giveaway-interview-riddle.html

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