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My name is Sandy. I am Catholic. Besides religious topics, I am interested in politics. This profile is really to showcase my ideas. In the words of St. Bernadette, "My job is to inform, not convince."

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Goodreads

Today I had to update my Goodreads profile and my website.

I updated my website, adding reviews for Shattered. For some reason that was a task and it took quite a while to rework the page.

I also decided that The Collector will be the yearly novelette for 2014. It will be published free to all online bookstores on January 1st.

I added some more book descriptions on Goodreads. Goodreads just doesn't add a book automatically when its published so I added Scattered and all the books that are to come in the near future. Please be sure to add them all to your reading list if you have a Goodreads account.

Scattered is #11 on Amazon's Top Free Short Stories . Thank you all for downloading it. And special thanks to all the new readers for giving my special brand of fiction a try! I hope you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Scattered Published!

Hi, everyone.

Just wanted to let everyone know that Scattered has been published exclusively on Amazon. For the next few days, it will be FREE to download so please download it quickly. Amazon does not work like other online publishers. Works cannot be published and free to download. Amazon gives me five free days per a ninety day period. So please take this opportunity to download it. Otherwise, after this period of five days, the price will be set at $0.99 for the next three months.

Download it here: Scattered on Amazon

Please leave reviews and feedback once you have read it. I look forward to hearing your reactions to the plot twists.

Thanks!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Problems with Amazon

Hello, everyone.

Well, I published Scattered with Amazon and there is a problem. I can't place the story for less than $0.99. The other problem is that I can place it on sale, making it free, but only for five days in a three month period. Which doesn't make sense because I see books which always seem to be free. Another issue I ran into is that I am placing the book on sale and it is not showing it on Amazon.com. It says it is scheduled, but I think it needs to be approved. Publishing a short free on Amazon is really more trouble than it is worth. I am going to keep trying to make it free for all.

Thanks.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Decision...Scattered Will Be Published!

Hello.

Well, I have come to a decision after watching a YouTube video online about how to make a work free on Kindle. I have decided that I will publish Scattered exclusively through Amazon.com. It will not be published anywhere else digitally. I should have the short story up by the end of the night since all of the work is done, and I just have to add a few details.

If you do not have a kindle, do not fear! There are kindle phone and computer apps that will allow you to read the story from most portable devices. I had to put in a price of $0.99, but it must be approved before I can make it free. So it should be a day or two.

Scattered is similar to, this years novelette, Shattered in that it is a murder mystery. I hope all of you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thank you all so much for your continued support, and I look forward to your reviews.




Rebecca Ardsley was a witness to a traumatic event that she cannot remember. All she knows is she was found wandering in the woods in the early morning hours, suffering from shock. She hasn’t seen her friends and family in months. When she is released from a recovery facility, she finds it hard to adapt and return to the friends she has known her whole life. Feeling like a stranger in a foreign land, Rebecca realizes the only way to settle what happened is to release the memories that are trapped in her own mind. Even at risk of her own life.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Publishing on Amazon

Hi, everyone.

I have been thinking of publishing a short story exclusively for Amazon. There are several problems with that.

For one, Smashwords where I have posted my other short stories has yet to reach a deal with Amazon in regards to publishing literature on their site. That is not the case with Barnes and Noble and other online bookstores. I have no problem publishing on Smashwords who then sends it to most online bookstores. The issue is...Amazon doesn't publish them.

Another issue is that Amazon will not allow me to publish it for free. I would have to charge at least $0.99. I don't feel right doing this, because my stories were always meant to be free teasers that would help readers decide if they liked my brand of storytelling. I currently sell one of my full-length novels for that price so it seems odd to publish a story which is a quarter the size for the same price. However, I would like Kindle users to also try my stories.

Amazon does offer a way to place the work on sale once it has been published exclusively through them, making it free. That would mean that this particular story wouldn't be published on any other site. It would be exclusive to Amazon.com. That is not such a huge problem except that I don't know how long I can keep it for free and my audience largely uses other sites to download or purchase my work. However, the objective is to try to gain Kindle readers.

So, I have been thinking of publishing my short story entitled Scattered. I just haven't figured out if I will publish it in the coming week with Amazon. Or wait and make it my yearly novella. I am going to research more about it before I come to a finally conclusion. If I do decide to release it, I will make an announcement within a few days.

Any thoughts, readers?