NEW Exercise your Vote on the Writing Exercise!

With the poll software debacle behind us and final “personnel adjustments” made in the IU engineering department, we are now prepared to begin voting for this week’s Writing Exercise extravaganza. You may review the entries HERE.

Don’t worry, we have adjusted the power settings on the poll from kill to stun. I’m pretty sure we got that right anyway. It was a little hard to come by volunteers after that first unfortunate incident.

Voting will close at 5 pm mountain time on Thursday January 12, 2012. The recipient with the most votes wins a feature post and publication at year end.

Select the best entry for the IU writing Exercise Competition: Timestream

  • #4 Pam Logan (46%, 13 Votes)
  • #2 Garrett Hise (18%, 5 Votes)
  • #1 William C. Busch (11%, 3 Votes)
  • #6 Linda Rae Blair (11%, 3 Votes)
  • #7 A. L. Kaplan (11%, 3 Votes)
  • #3 Elisavietta Ritchie (4%, 1 Votes)
  • #5 Charles Ray (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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JD “Iron Man” Mader vs. JA “King Kong” Konrath

Konrath says to sell ’em cheap. Mader says we deserve better. There is only one way to settle this:

Steel cage death-match!

Our man Mader has thrown down the gauntlet—will Konrath answer? Do you want to see that debate? You can help make it happen. To do your part and earn a ringside seat, help us make sure Mr. Konrath knows he’s invited to the rumble. Tweet and re-tweet the living daylights out of this:

Sounds like @jd_mader vs. @jakonrath to me! Cage fight! http://wp.me/p1WnN1-1cV

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Can I buy some milk with this smiley emoticon?

I’m feeling a little bit bitter today.  It’s not a feeling I enjoy, so I’m gonna write it out.  Here’s my issue.  We’re getting hosed.  I have literally smeared the internet with words – and 90% of them do nothing for me monetarily.  I have one novel on Amazon: Joe Café. I have gotten 25 reviews and the book is rated at 4.5 stars.  Cool.  I got a review a while back that started “Well written & compelling.”  Good, right?  Then it said the ending was abrupt and that it was “worth it” as a .99 cent book, but the reviewer saw that the price had been raised to $4.99 and it was not worth that much.

Bad reviews come, and I have enough good reviews that the fact that some random guy thinks my book ends abruptly (a conscious choice) doesn’t bum me out much.  What gets to me is the economics.  I am not a greedy person.  But here is what pisses me off.  If you thought the book was “Well written & compelling,” then it was worth $4.99.  Do you know how much a sandwich costs?

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Amazon.com: Use the Monster Part 1

Whether you think Amazon.com is too big for its own good, or not, doesn’t matter. As Indie authors, we’re all on it, and we all need it. One thing Amazon does do well is providing authors with tools to get the word out about their work(s). You’ve got to give them that.

But not all authors are taking advantage of the free tools offered by Amazon.com. Today, we’re going to start with Amazon Author Central pages – because this is the FIRST thing an author should do.

One way Amazon makes Author Central pages convenient is that you don’t need to set up a special author account. You can use your existing customer account log-in (if you’re already a customer). If you’re not, you can set up an account. This account is NOT linked to your Kindle Direct or Createspace accounts, if you have those. This is completely separate.

Before I show you how to claim and set up your author page, you’d probably like to know why you need one. #1 – they’re free. It’s like having your own multi-media website from which people can also buy your books. #2 – you can post your biography, video trailers and even rss feeds from your blog(s) and twitter there. #3 – you can post upcoming events, signings, appearances, etc. #4 – potential readers can post questions directly to you in the “discussions” forum. And lastly #5 – All your books will be linked to one page where people can see everything: how many books, how many reviews, and the cost. Here’s a screen shot of my Amazon.com Author Central page to give you an idea (click on it to enlarge): Continue reading “Amazon.com: Use the Monster Part 1”