A couple of days ago I wrote a blog post titled Busy As A Bee. So I guess the appropriate title for today’s post is Worker Bee. Because that’s what I was all day yesterday.
Miss Terry left with her mom and dad for a series of pre-op medical appointments a little before 10, and I spent a couple of hours checking and answering e-mails, mostly from readers telling me they had purchased my new book, Big Lake Blizzard. I also got several requests to get it up on Smashwords for folks who use Nook and other e-book readers. So that was the first order of business. You can find it on Smashwords at this link.
The book’s sales are exceeding my expectations, and the reviews are already starting to come in. Thanks for ordering Big Lake Blizzard, and for telling your family and friends about it.
With that done, I broke out my Kindle Fire to see how the new book looked on it, since a reader e-mailed me to say the type was faint and hard to read. I didn’t see the same problem on my Fire, and a few minutes later he wrote back to say that it must have been a temporary problem, because once he rebooted his Fire it was fine.
The next order of business was to listen to an audition by a narrator for my first Big Lake mystery. He was pretty good, but I hope to get a few more in before I make a choice of someone to do the series as audio books.
By the way, as I wrote in a blog a while back, the e-book revolution has opened up new doors not just for authors like myself, but also for people offering freelance services such as editing, proofreading, and cover design. Another new opportunity is narrating audio books. A couple of my author friends have done their own books, using simple computer programs, and were so pleased with the results that they are now doing freelance narration work on ACX.com, the production side of Audible.com. While there are narrators who have complete studios, there are others doing it all in a home office. Some work on a hourly basis, $100 an hour or more of finished reading, while others work out a 50/50 split of royalties with the author. If one narrates a few books that sell well, this could lead to a tidy little side income.
After I was done with all of that, I started working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, knocking out eleven pages by the time I knocked off for the day about 7 p.m. That’s a pretty good start.
Shortly after Terry got home, her cousin Carolyn Henley and her husband Mel stopped by for a visit. They are also fulltime RVers who are currently sidelined while Carolyn is fighting a battle with cancer. It was nice to see them and have a chance to renew acquaintances. They plan to be back up in South Dakota this summer, working at Crazy Horse Memorial as they did last year.
Today Terry will be with her parents again for more medical tests and such, and I’ll be back at my desk, knocking out more pages of the new issue.
Thought For The Day – Nothing makes me more productive than the last minute.