Category Archives: Writing thoughts

When did the price of an ebook or a hardcover book become so ridiculous?

 

When did books become so expansive? More precisely, hardcover and ebooks.

One of my publishers has been using different formats for the books, and now Jasper is in hardcover and large print for starters.

Loving the feel of a hardcover, I happily went online to buy a copy of each of my books. Well, until I saw how much they were charging.

When did things get so out of whack? Has it been a while, and I’m just noticing?

I have no clue, yet the prices that booksellers attach to a book by a publisher or author have gotten out of hand.

I have found ebooks that are priced in the high teens and even in the twenties. Why? I mean, after all, their printed book is much less. Even if am an ebook reader, which I am not, I would go to paperback first. Logically and wallet wise I am not going to do it.

I get the big-name authors getting those prices. Now, this does not mean I agree with it, but I see the logic.

I am glad I prefer printed books over ebooks. I am sure I will get a hard copy of my books eventually.

But when the print format is way less than a hardcover or even an ebook, I will be going that route for the most part.

A day in the life of my main character: Our Amazon parrot, Jasper

 

Have you ever wondered what your main character would do if they existed in real life?

Recently, I wrote a guest post on a day in the life of Jasper. He is the main character in my Jasper, Amazon parrot series.

We rescued Jasper in 1999.

For the life of me, reminding myself how we existed before our birds is difficult. You see, I started to rescue birds in 1998.

But I digress.

I started to write about a day in the life of Jasper. I will give a short excerpt here. When I guest post for someone, I will share and promote it. It is out of respect and gratefulness for someone who gave me the time and effort to shine a light on Jasper and me.

From A Blue Million Books, the excerpt. The link to the entire post is at the end.

So, what is a day like in the life of Jasper?

I get up roughly at 5:25 am. My husband and I leave by 6 to go for our morning walk. Hearing my footsteps, Jasper will race down his cage, across the ladder that connects to the rail, goes to the very end by the stairs, and go vertical. He will get face down, tail in the air as he waits for me.

The point of that is he is ready for his morning pat. It is required of me to pat him at least 100 times. Rule number one says so. The point of me doing this as I pat him is to check his wings, breastplate, eyes, nostrils, feet, tail, back, and overall check. Birds tend to hide their sickness. By the time you notice that they are sick, it could be too late. It is a bonding moment for us. He loves it and expects it.

“Thank you,” is said when we finished.

He might say, “Hello, hello, hello.”

It all depends on his mood.

After, he will race to his cage. It is time to be fed. It does not matter that I have a routine to feed my other birds. In his mind, he needs to eat first. That includes clean water and food. Rule number two is complete.

But while he is eating, Cartoon Network needs to be turned on for him to enjoy. If not, then Nat Geo or a favorite movie of his. He does enjoy watching MMA and football. I have not figured out yet why. Now, you are not to walk in front of the TV or stand in front of it. Rule number three is complete.

Once he is done eating and is back in front of the TV, he will groom himself. It is necessary for birds. With him being a large bird, this can take quite a while to go over each feather. It takes a good portion of his time during the day, especially if it is that time of year when he is molting.

If the sun is shining through the window by his cage, he will place himself either on our kitchen table or on his circular stand to enjoy the rays and a small nap, which can vary in length.

Now I am allowed to work at the kitchen table. But with that comes my bird wanting to help me. Do I need help? No. Does it matter? No. Jasper offers it happily. Rule number four is to be a helpful bird. Even if that means walking on top of the papers to tell me hi, so be it.

https://abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com/2020/11/guest-post-with-sharon-c-williams.html

Having people blog for you: Ramona Mead

For the second time, I had someone guest post on one of my blogs. It was fun going back forth with the blogger as she came up with an article for me. It was my way of saying thank you for her hosting me on her site earlier.

When we help each other, we are helping ourselves. It is a theme I preach on often. Working as an author can be solitary. So, reaching out to others gives us contacts and a camaraderie that only they get.

It is something I need to do more, especially when it is a win-win for both parties. The authors do the heavy lifting while also sharing my site. I return the favor.

Authors I have come across have not always agreed with my assessment of working with other writers.

It’s okay. Maybe, the author will learn in time, and perhaps not. How will I answer the next time I’m questioned? It’s simple. I know how to work with others. You know, kind of how we learned as kids growing up.

Ramona wrote about what it takes to be a book blogger. I learned a lot from her post and, hopefully, my readers will enjoy. I feel they will.

So, here is the link to showcase a new friend who is the same business as me.

https://mainemuse.wordpress.com/2020/11/12/1878/