Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My post today is not my post. This post belongs to Eileen Cruz Coleman who writes some really interesting
stuff. I was so awed by her post on Self-Publishing Review that I asked her if I could post it here. She graciously said yes. No more words from me. This is her blog today.

My Decision to Self-Publish and Tips for eBook Publishing

A couple of years ago, I queried over 50 literary agents for my novel, Rumpel, a dark and quirky retelling of the Brothers Grimm Rumpelstiltskin. I received numerous requests for partials or the full manuscript. Although I received encouraging and positive feedback, in the end, the consensus was that these agents just didn’t think they could place it with a traditional publisher.
I had almost given up on finding an agent when I received an email from the now deceased Manie Barron with the Menza-Barron Literary Agency. He wanted to talk to me about Rumpel. I was delighted but given the feedback I had received from all of the other agents, I was cautiously optimistic.
We talked the next day and after I went on and on about my reasons for writing Rumpel, he interrupted me and said, “I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Rumpel. It’s a weird book. I’m weird. I think it deserves a chance to be seen. All we need is one weird editor.”
I replied, “I’m weird too.” And that was that.
Rumpel now had the support of an agent who believed in me and my work. Unfortunately, we never found that one weird editor willing to take a chance on Rumpel. The consensus was that Rumpel was “too weird” and “out there.”
I thought long and hard about what to do with Rumpel. Let it sit on my hard drive and collect dust or self-publish it as an eBook and let readers decided its fate? I chose the latter.
On August 21, 2010, one day before my birthday, I uploaded Rumpel to Amazon Kindle. One month later, I published it on Smashwords.
Self-publishing isn’t for the thin-skinned. For all intents and purposes, you are on your own, making all the decisions from cover design to editing to pricing. The freedom is both exhilarating and daunting.
I decided that if I was going to self-publish, well, I was going to give it my all. That meant listening to reader feedback, really listening. And listened, I did. When one reader pointed out a flaw in the timeline in the early chapters of Rumpel, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work on correcting my mistakes. I am extremely thankful to that reader.
I am planning on hiring an editor soon to help me catch any other mistakes I may have missed. I worked with a graphic designer on a new cover. And of course, I’m continuing to write and hone my craft.
When I decided to self-publish, I promised myself that I would share my experience with others who are considering self-publishing. Often times, you only hear about the writers who are making thousands or millions of dollars in sales from their self-published eBooks. What you don’t hear about is that for many writers, gaining a readership is a slow-going process which requires patience and a lot of work.
I’m not shy about sharing Rumpel’s sales numbers. I’m extremely grateful and thankful to the people who have taken a chance on me and have purchased Rumpel. Rumpel is being read and well, as a writer, that’s all that really matters to me. Here’s a special shout-out to readers!
For the curious, here are my sales numbers for Rumpel:

Amazon Kindle
@2.99 per unit:
August 2010: 10 copies sold
September 2010: 0 copies sold
October 2010: 4 copies sold
November 2010: 0 copies.
December 2010: 4 copies sold
January 2011: 4 copies sold
In February 2011, I dropped the price to .99 cents.
February 2011: 21 copies sold
March 2011: 19 copies sold
Total Copies Sold Via Smashwords
Smashwords: 24
Barnes and Noble: 3
Sony: 1
Rumpel is slowly gaining momentum and I couldn’t be happier. I’m excited and looking forward to what’s next for me as a writer whether it’s another self-published eBook or well, you never know, perhaps a traditionally published book is in my future. I would also like to mention that Rumpel is now the first in a series of fairytale retellings on which I am working. The series is titled, Cursed Tales.
If you’re considering eBook self-publishing, here are some tips:
1). Hone your craft. Put in the work. That means, writing, editing, and
working with a critique partner who can give you honest feedback about
what you may need to improve before your novel is ready for publication.
2). Get validation on your work, other than from your friends and family.
Publish excerpts or short stories in literary journals.
3). Once you have self-published, be prepared to market your eBook.
Contact bloggers and ask them if they will consider reviewing your eBook,
use social media to help spread the word about your eBook, and launch
promotions or giveaways.
4). If you find mistakes after self-publishing on Amazon Kindle or
Smashwords, correct your mistakes and upload a new version. Don’t just
ignore the mistakes. Correct them.
5). Experiment with pricing. Drop your price and see how the new price
affects sales. If sales increase for a consistent amount of time, you are
probably on the right track with pricing.
6). Be patient. Enjoy the process and don’t take yourself too seriously!

NameEileen Coleman
AboutEileen Cruz Coleman is the author of Rumpel, a dark and quirky retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Ever since she was a child the story of Rumpelstiltskin fascinated her. She wanted to know why he wanted a baby. What was he going to do with it once he go it? What was his childhood like? Who were the people in his life? What did they mean to him? All of these questions led her to write Rumpel. She was born in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in European History. Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals both online and in print. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Jeremiah Coe's New Novella Is Out Today

Jeremiah Coe's novella "Vampire's Retribution," a story about blood death and a score usettled, is now available in Smashwords.
Vampires, a riverboat, and a bad attitude makes this tale of post-civil war transformation a delight to read. Guided by his maker, Gaius, Carl Tamell learns the ways of being a vampire until he is ready, ready for retribution on those that made his mortal life, a living hell.
Netbound is at it again with a new novella out today: Jeremiah Coe's "Vampire's Retribution."This looks like another great read from an up and coming house.If Mikel works any harder his beard will fall off. I will read this and return with a Blazing review!Yahoo!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Trailer For "I Believe In Werewolves"


This is one outstanding book trailer for the upcoming(in about six weeks) release of "I Believe In Werewolves." Okay, I'm a little partial because I have a short story in this great tome, but I believe you will share my feelings. My children who are 2,3,7,8,9,11,and 16 years old think this is great. Check out this trailer done by Mysteral. You will believe.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kathy Rowe

Kathy Rowe is a human dynamo. She is an NCO in the U.S.Air Force, a writer,book cover designer, and self-publisher of three novels with more to come. She retires from the A.F. in three months and will be a 
farmer/writer/cover designer/self-publisher/blogger and whatever else she digs up. Her blog link is above, as well as her picture and some covers-nice job on those, Kathy. You can find her on Smashwords, Amazon, her sites on facebook, and a few other places. 

Kathy's "Dragonslayers" series are military suspense/thrillers which depict the adventures of a small Special Forces unit. Being an old military guy, I can fully appreciate these great stories. "Cowboys And Olympians" is a romance. She has finished writing a tasty tale of Memphis horror and is working on edits for it.

Now we come to where I believe she truly shines: sci-fi. She is writing "Space Junk" now, and it is anything but junk. This is FANTASTIC! I love it! I told her that this is series material for sure. She thinks I'm filling her head with Blaze beans, but I'm not: this is great! Are you listening to me Kathy?!

Her blog is rolling along with advice on self-publishing, taken from her own experiences, highs and lows. Visit her at Sturgeon Creek. And don't forget to check out Smashwords and Amazon where you can purchase her great books.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Marissa Farrar

Ramblings of an unkempt mind...

Marissa Farrar is doing a weekly Friday guest blog on her site, the link of which I have added above. This week the man in the hot seet is Peter Labrow who has come out with The Well. As you can see from the nice pictures, I have included Peter, Marissa, and the cover. Obviously, Peter is not as pretty as Marissa, but he's far from ugly. The cover of his novel is excellent. The interview is really great. Marissa asked all the right questions, and Peter answered them well. I am impressed. Check out Marissa's site for weekend giveaways: as in free.

Next week, Marissa will chat with carole Gill. I can hardly wait for that! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Armand Rosamilia

Armand Rosamilia is an eclectic writer. The pictures on top are definitely zombie covers. The others go with his Metal Queen series. Diversity makes for an interesting writer. Armand takes his love for music and incorporates it into his short story "Obsessed With A Song," which is in the "Damned If You Don't" anthology. It makes for one damned good story.When I read it, I felt like I was the obsessed person. That's the sign of a great writer. 

Armand has one great section on Amazon that covers all his great books. This is really impressive. You must check this out.

Amazon's Complete Selection of Armand Rosamilia Books

His new blog is up and running. Pretty soon,he'll have all his goodies up there, spread out for the world to see.

I'm sitting here typing this up, thinking of all the great New Jersey horror writers. Armand, Joe Pinto, the Tromas, and even me. Yes, some of us have moved away, but what a wealth of horror within the state. I honestly feel that terrors from the past and present are lurking in the air, the soil, everywhere. I was at a horror convention in the nineties and the Tromas were discussing that very fact with me. The history goes back a long way. We write what we feel. Armand does.

For all of Armand's books, you can hit the following link. Did I mention he's an editor too? He is with these folks.

To find out that there's a heart of gold behind his monsters, go to Facebook and check out his pages. He's pretty active in the Masters Of Horror group. And, of course, his author's page/bio on Smashwords is almost a book in itself. Busy boy!

So, good people, and creepers in the dark, if you like great zombie fare, Armand has written quite a few tales for you to enjoy as you're listening for the sound of approaching beasties. C'mon, that's what you want, isn't it? You could always read about the metal queens, too. Choices. Such a wonderful thing.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tyr Kieran

Tyr Kieran is an innovator. He writes horror fiction and dark fantasy fiction, but he believes in an interactive writer/reader relationship. As he says, he wants to make everything new, unique, and devilishly fun. And he certainly succeeds at that. Every day he adds on to his story and his readers can come along for the ride: one that is most enjoyable. He wants to be a storyteller first. Amen! That is our job as writers: tell the story, let it flow, catch the reader in its grip and don't let go! Check out his blog and his story. If you missed the beginning segments, they are all there for you.

Enjoy, enjoy, and enjoy some more! I am.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mikel B. Classen And His New Story

Mikel B Classen
Just released today. M'Ganga's Curse by yours truly. More coming soon.
M'Ganga is an African witch doctor that is a master of the zombie powder. After being captured by slavers and shoved in the hold of a slave ship, he turns loose a curse so terrible, that horror and vengeance engulfs the ship. As he waits for a shackled warrior to die in the filthy bowels of the ship
This is the new promo for "M'Ganga's Curse" by Mikel Classen. Just last week he got feisty and I threatened to make soup out of him, and he has the nerve to write another great story and get a reprieve. My guess? He will continue to write these wonderful stories and I'll have to make soup out of someone else.


John Paul Allen

John Paul Allen does not write pretty boy horror. I, for one, am not complaining. I have read both of the short stories above on Smashwords and enjoyed them immensely. "Houseguest" is totally creepy, bizarre, and depraved. Oh yeah! Depravity at its best. "Monkey Love" is sheer genius. I never saw this ending coming! 

Check out his bio page at Smashwords, his info at Biting Dog Press, and his Facebook page. 

John downplays this, but he was an Bram Stoker Award nominee. This says something about the caliber of his writing. By the way, Anne Rice was in the same category as him.

He is a busy man, working full time and all, and hasn't gotten a blog up yet. John, you can guest post on mine whenever you want!

Read this talented writer's works. Be prepared for a treat of terror!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Todd Card

The Dead Will Rise
     This macabre tale will usher your captivation through the razor thin veil between the world of the living and the infernal domain of the walking dead. Hell Cometh is an unforgettable rollercoaster ride of gruesome zombie gore and soul-chilling horror. You immediately plunge into hopeless terror, before barreling through astonishing plot twists and shocking revelations you’ll never see coming.
     The story takes place in the fictional coal mining community of Wisdom, which is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. The riveting pages dissect the intricate layers of an unassuming hamlet’s secretive residents to reveal a writhing cesspool of moral debasement cloaked in sanctimonious conservatism.
     Unique and memorable characters thrive before you descend again into traumatizing imagery with the release of a merciless orgy of monstrous butchery. Then, the plot spirals to dizzying heights of unyielding suspense and hair-raising action as sparse collections of survivors find themselves trapped in the center of town with dwindling resources and no way out. While fighting to stay alive, they discover a horrendous secret that’s remained hidden under their noses for decades.
     The narrative blazes out of control as they’re forced to hack and blast their way through endless throngs of flesh-starved corpses while battling an evil enemy as old as time. The creep factor rides high in this book with blistering combat as you pass through raging barrages of intense horror and grisly violence. You’ll travel from the isolated mountain peaks of Virginia to the darkest tormenting pits of Hell before arriving on the heart-wrenching battlefield of Armageddon. Hell Cometh is the first installment in a promised trilogy that delivers a vividly brutalizing flurry of all things zombie.

Listen to Todd Card's Interview with Scott Geiterof GRUESOME HERTZOGG
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~Hell Cometh
will launch in May.
The exact publication date is not
available at this time.

Card will be selling and signing copies of his new book Hell Cometh 

(and possibly another new release) at the Days of the Dead horror

Event dates: July
1st - 3rd, 2011
Location: The 
Indianapolis West Convention Center

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