Low Tech Solution

I tried to add “The Blogs Behind the Books” for Your Words, Your Story right on the book page, but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I set “TBBTB” up on Word, and then I converted it to PDF. Not sure what good PDF will do. I ended up making a new page “Blogs Behind the Books” and putting the entire posts, flipped first to last, on it. This is a temporary solution until I get all the books and blog links up on the front page.

Blog Behind the Book

Okay, I know other people have been doing this forever. There’s even a book out called “The Story Behind the Story.” I’m not sure if anyone has the title “Blog  Behind the Book” but if so I guess I’ll find out. I’m pretty sure you can’t copyright a title.

Anyway, long way of saying that I went through the blog posts about YWYS and put them in first to last order (by hand! anybody know an easier way of doing this?). So now I have the completed Blog Behind the Book for YWYS. I also have one for Gypsy and also The Paris Notebook. Just waiting until those novels get published to get some links going.

The process of putting together BBtB is really not difficult, just a bit slow. There’s not a ton of editing, just reformatting in Word.

I’m thinking of uploading this on Kindle for free. Not sure anyone wants to read all the pages of blogs about the process of writing and (self) publishing a book. But if there is, this can be out there. Took me all morning and afternoon and now it’s time to go have a really late lunch and then watch Oprah.

Tomorrow I’ll figure out if I can put BBtB on Kindle for free and I’ll link to it here on the site as well.

Intimidating Factors

Listening to the soothing sound of soft rain on the freshly leaved trees outside my writing room window. Drinking a cup of tea and congratulating myself for finally posting on the Kindle author forums. Forums intimidate me with all their choices and possibilities, but there was an “introduce yourself” section, so I took the plunge. They ask you to include a link to your book, so I did that too. It wasn’t difficult, and I wonder why I’ve been avoiding immersing myself for so long.

I’ve had a Twitter account for several years, too. I hardly tweet. I lurk. And I’m still not comfortable in that format. Last night, skulking through the Idol tweets, I saw a lot of mean messages. Nothing between tweeters but mean about the Idol they hate. I didn’t post even though I had a lot to say about Lady Gaga and Scotty’s awkward verging on disrespect meeting. Gaga was her usual absolutely honest self. Scotty kissed his cross to wipe the Gaga experience away. Then Gaga apologized and said “I’m sorry if he took offense at anything I said.” Her graciousness was touching.  Later Scotty and Ryan and even Randy tried to gloss over what had happened but they didn’t convince me. I don’t think Scotty is ready to be a professional musician if he can’t respect someone of Gaga’s stature.

Okay, that was way too long for a tweet. But I could have got it down to the right number if I cut it. Why didn’t I go ahead and post? Because I’m intimidated by the mean people. I fear they will say something mean to me. Also, because I really haven’t worked out the whole hash tag thing. I need to buy Twitter for Dummies and I also need to keep going back to the Kindle forums.

The $.99 Buzz

The internet is burning up with the .99 Kindle price point. Some people say it’s great, others disagree. I had my book available for the Kindle for $4.99. Sales were okay. Not anything to brag about. So today I went and changed the price to .99 which I think is a fair price for a book published four years ago. According to the optimists, there is a huge possibility that I will soon be earning very large royalties. I’ll let you know if anything like that happens.