She was a woman unstoppable. As a child, Aretha Franklin sang from the steps of her church in Detroit, Michigan. It was a pure and rousing gospel voice. She was discovered and sang hundreds of chart-topping songs. My personal favorite, "Think", came to me at a very dark time. Her music helped me through it. … Continue reading Aretha Franklin – The Queen of Soul
This is an incredible article breaking down the 35% v 70% royalty rate for your kindle books.
Like many writers, I’m interested in making my work available on Amazon.com’s Kindle ebook reader. They’ve had a direct publishing option for some time now, which is called (aptly enough) “Kindle Direct Publishing.”
When you’re talking ebooks, there are a number of issues that need to be dealt with. These include, but aren’t limited to: cover design, formatting, illustrations (if any), and the like.
One of the thornier ones is the matter of pricing and royalty structures.
Deciding on a price point for your book is a very personal matter, and it’s a topic I’m still thinking a lot about as I prepare to release my own book. I’ll most likely be in the under $5 bracket. There are a few reasons why that feels like a comfortable place for me: for one thing, I’m used to buying trade paperbacks of many excellent SF&F authors for around $7.99…
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Mick Rose REVIEW: Redneck Blues, short story by Josh Jones An engaging humorous romp in a Hicksville redneck town. Easy 8-page read. While Amazon estimates reading time at less than 30 minutes, Josh deftly propels the reader -- and I doubt it took me 10. Last I heard Redneck Blues had climbed from No. 5 on … Continue reading A Review of REDNECK BLUES by Mick Rose
SECTION ONE: Intro To prepare for this article, I reached out to twenty different writers in different genres and stages of their writing careers. In the group of twenty writers nine identified as men, nine identified as women, and two identified as trans. The age range of the people queried ran from fourteen years of … Continue reading The Unreal Realness of Writer’s Block
It happened in a heartbeat. Her eyes opened to shattered glass and pulsing lights. She was hanging upside down. Blood covered her face. She moved to wipe it away. One arm was tangled in her seatbelt, her other arm simply wouldn’t respond. ‘Oh god,” she thought. A voice shouted, “Can you hear me?” “Yes,” she … Continue reading NOW
As far as Snakes go, I’m a Rabbit. Xu tells me that people born in the year of the Snake are materialistic and love keeping up with the Jones’s - whoever they are. Ridiculous I think. But hey, who am I to argue with a red and gold placemat at the Golden Dragon restaurant. It’s … Continue reading Ancient Chinese Secret
I have died a dozen times, maybe more. Truth be told, I have lost count; or perhaps more accurately, I have lost interest in counting. I died in Phoenix, AZ in 1987. My body was never found. Local newspapers posted a short public notice on page seven a few days after my disappearance. It ran … Continue reading Stones on the Desert Floor