Where are the people who buy your books from?

 

It is always nice to see where in the world the people who purchase your writings live. For the last few years Japan has been one of the most interesting places that people were buying my books. It always makes me smile and ponder a few things. How did they hear of me, what am I doing right for them to know about my writings and then I go to does it matter? After all they are buying them in the first place.

If I knew what I was doing right I would focus on that a bit more. But every time I get word that they have placed an order we give a little WOOHOO at home.

Well that changed last week when a new contender made the list. Luxembourg. I had to look that up to see where it was on the map. That was really cool to get a new country to add to my list. As with Japan I was thrilled and yet wondered how that came about.

Luxembourg. Welcome to the family. I hope you enjoyed what you read and check out my other books. But a big hearty hello!

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Reading your manuscripts

 

 

Do you ever read your stories out loud? Or as some people have suggested do you read them backward? The purpose of these exercises is to catch any errors or inconsistencies that you might have not noticed when you read it with your eyes. Granted I did scoff when I first learned of these tips.

It is easy to read our own work and miss some small and big items that need to be addressed. Yet when we read other works from writers we seem to be able to pick an error as small as a pin in a haystack.

We get so use to our stories, working on it, revising, editing and adding to it that it becomes like a second skin to us and errors just blend into the background. We can’t always spot the mistakes as readily if at all.

Hence why it is suggested we read our works out loud or backwards to find what we first missed. If one is not used to doing these methods it can be a bit awkward but you soon get over that. It’s a good way to proof your stuff and not look like a total goof when people get their turn at beta reading your manuscripts.

When did the price of an ebook become ridiculous?

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For starters I prefer a good book in my hands. I love feeling the pages, turning the actual pagers and inhaling it. When I am on vacation I will bring a couple of books and my tablet that has books on it. I do it for convenience. But that was back in the day when an ebook ranged from .99 to 4.99 max. Someone just now recommended I read the new book by Stephenie Meyer entitled “The Chemist” to which I happily went to Amazon to see how much it was. I’m a fan of hers.

To be honest my mouth dropped and stayed dropped for a few reasons. It is not out yet but I can preorder the print for a bit under 10 bucks. Cool. If I am the one who prefer to have it as an ebook I have to drop 14.99 and get this if I want the audio version I would have to drop a whopping 22 bucks to hear it.

I don’t care who you are, what you have written or how famous the author is, when your audio is 22 bucks there is something seriously wrong. I love Mrs. Meyers but just can’t no I won’t do it. And the thing is she is not alone. My favorite, Stephen King and by the way I am his number one fan, has ebooks that range in the teens. Needless to say I buy the print. Is this the price for convenience by making the price for an ebook more than the actual print?

A lot of people have told me that books will be a thing of the past soon with things going the digital route. I disagree there are still hard-core people who prefer a real book and with these prices I will be one for a long time. Especially when what they want for an ebook is the equivalence of a tank of gas.