One Day Freebie Special on Amazon!

 

Hey folks – I’ve got a one-day freebie special for my ghost story CAT CALL today. Grab a copy on me.

It’s a short and enjoyable (I hope) read.
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074DPT769
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074DPT769
Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B074DPT769

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AND, I also ought to mention that my Kindle Scout winning novel KELPIE DREAMS is available throughout the month of September for the bargain price of 99 cents.

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LASTLY, why don’t you do me a favor and give a listen to my brand new chain gang audiobook, The Forever Long Road of Olan Walker and let me know what you think of the narrator.

Just swing on over to the listing and hit the button that says PLAY AUDIO SAMPLE. There’s only a minute to listen to but I think you might like what you hear.

If you want to buy the audiobook, it is only $3.95 for the whole audiobook or you can grab it for FREE when you sign for a 30 day free trial membership to Audible!

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Forever-Long-Road-of-Olan-Walker-Audiobook/B075DG5VZN/ref=a_search_c4_1_9_srTtl?qid=1504813054&sr=1-9

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Hey, it’s Saturday – get out there and have some fun!

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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My Kindle Scout Publishing Journey – Day 1 – What is Kindle Scout?

Kindle Scout has helped me get an awful lot of copies of my book, KELPIE DREAMS, sold so far. I’m hoping to sell a few more copies this month. KELPIE DREAMS is available for a mere 99 cents all September long at Amazon.com.

In the meantime, why don’t you give this BC writer a chance and check out her Kindle Scout campaign. Nominate her book for a chance to win a free copy from Kindle Scout!

Kathrin Lake's Site

So what is Kindle Scout exactly and how are you, me and the proverbial lamppost supposed to use it to publish our books? Well I am going to show you in real time because my Kindle Scout Campaign was just approved to start, GULP, today!

YES, YOU COULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO NOMINATE MY BOOK

USING THE LINK HEREhttps://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/6RZV8XHY3K9H
But you may want to read this as well.

Kindle Scout is for fiction writers to possibly get a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing for ebook and audible book rights only (guidelines link here). You retain the print rights to your book. Since my book, The Happy Hammock, is based on my life and real estate foibles in Mexico, but it is fictionalized, it counts in the general literature and fiction category and a few other genres like romantic comedy as well.

In essence…

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The Diary of a Canadian Author: Part One

Audiobook Creation Exchange Blog (ACX)

Sci-fi romance author Susan Hayes had been waiting patiently for the opportunity to publish her audiobooks via ACX. Once we opened our doors to Canadian authors and actors this June, she posted Double Down, the first book in her series, for auditions. We asked Susan to keep track of her progress through the audiobook publishing process; join her on her journey here on the blog below.

Day One – 06/01/17: I Can Finally Join ACX and Post My Book!

I’ve been a small press and indie-published romance writer for five years now, and it wasn’t long after I started as a professional author that I first heard about audiobooks and ACX. I was intrigued enough to start looking into it, but quickly learned that ACX was not available to Canadian authors. I explored other options for audiobooks, but in the end, I decided to wait for ACX…

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Treat your customers like friends…

Birthday Pancakes (2)
Well, yesterday was my birthday and I took the day off and planned to treat myself to a greasy cheeseburger and a cheap haircut.
The burger I planned for yesterday was less than successful. It was my own fault for taking my time and farting around too long in the morning. I wound up not having the time to get to the diner I was planning to have a burger at. I decided to head for MacDonald’s but on the way to the golden arches I spotted a sign outside of a local Quinpool Road gaming cafe that advertised a BURGER AND A BEER FOR TEN BUCKS. So, being a bit of an adventurer when it comes to food I decided to give them a try.
 
I walked into a big empty room. There was a table full of D&D players and that was all the people I saw. I walked up to the counter were the owner, a tidy-looking millennial, politely greeted me. I ordered my beer and burger. He asked me to sit by the window. I am sure that he thought the sight of me enjoying my burger in plain view of the window would be all that was necessary to bring a horde of new customers wanting to share a dining room with a famous local author.
 
(Hey, I can dream!)
 
The beer was good and cold and the burger wasn’t too bad, although it was obviously a fried frozen patty. I didn’t mind. I am not a fussy eater.
 
Another young man came in and walked to the counter. He was a busboy or a counter clerk. I finished my meal and walked up to the counter to pay my bill. The young man fumbled with the cash register a minute or so before nervously going to get the manager.
 
“What are you doing?” the manager chided the young man. “I told you not to touch anything.”
 
The manager rung up the bill and walked back to the kitchen. Maybe he had a cake baking in the oven or else he was frying french fries. The bill, with taxes, came to about $11.50. I handed the young man a twenty dollar bill, intending to tip with the change. The young man looked at the bill nervously, then went back to the manager who came out looking unhappy.
 
Maybe his cake fell.
 
“Don’t you have a card that you can pay with?” he asked me.
 
“I do have a bank card,” I said. “I used it at the bank to get the money that I need to pay for my meal and a haircut.”
 
“I don’t have any change,” the manager said. “Can’t you use your card again?”
 
“I can’t do that,” I said, mildly astounded that ANYONE would try to run a restaurant without preparing a float. “I prefer to pay cash.”
 
The manager sniffed and poked around in the tip jar as if he was hoping to find change there. Then he pulled a crumpled ten dollar bill out of his pocket and threw it angrily onto the counter. “Thank you very much.”
 
Then he stormed back into the kitchen for his cake or his french fries or WHATEVER the heck he was doing in there that must have way more important than treating a brand new customer in such a rude and foul manner. I shrugged at the bus boy who looked nervously at me.
 
Then I walked away and headed down the street for a really fan haircut, giving no further thought to that young millennial bozo who had been so rude to me for ACTUALLY wanting to pay my bill with cash!
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The lesson here, folks – is to ALWAYS treat your customers like they were your friend. I try to pay attention to people who buy my books. I would like to say hello to them and buy them all a cold root beer.
Even if you are having a really rough day – DON’T take it out on your client.
I wouldn’t walk back in there for all the cheap beer in Halifax.
Other than that I had a great birthday and received offers for  THREE different writing gigs
For which I thanked them very kindly.
Yours in storytelling,
Steve Vernon

HOW To Finish Your Damn Book

This is for ALL of you writer-types – INCLUDING myself!!!

I need to get busy and finish a damn book!

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD

At the beginning of this year I wrote a post for that treasure trove of writing and publishing information, Writing.ie, about why you should finish your damn book. You can read that post here. It proved really popular. So popular that it seems to me like a lot of you are in the same place I was until last summer: wanting nothing more than to have finished your book, but finding yourself doing everything but writing it.

It’s all well and good for me to tell you why you should finish your book (nutshell: a finished book is the one thing everyone who ever got published/successfully self-published has in common) but how do you do it? How do you overcome procrastination? How do you finish your damn book?

I only know what worked for me, but maybe you’ll find something in there that works for you. Let’s see…

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Whippoorwill

Do you have an old book that needs a make-over?

Maybe you ought to consider it.

Take a look at how author A.J. Goode goes about remaking her old book here!

A Goode One

Hey, everybody!

As some of you know, I put together a bunch of my earliest funny blog posts in a book called Have a Goode One a few years ago.  It wasn’t a great title and I knew nothing about making a good book cover, and it basically sank to the bottom of Amazon’s rankings. The nineteen people who bought it seemed to enjoy it, though.

However, I’m still very proud of the material, so I decided to give it another chance. I’ve re-vamped it with a new title, a better cover, and a little bit of rearranging of the essays on the inside.

For those of you who already own this one, a hearty “thank you!” I’m working hard to convince Amazon to “push” the new version out to you, and I promise to keep you all updated on that. But I really want to make sure that you…

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Wishes Needn’t Wait…

Yesterday was my day off. I wound up shoveling gravel nearly all day long. I soaked two t-shirts through with sweat. Then last evening my wife and I drove out to the local Lazy Boy store. They are in the midst of renovating and were having a HUGE all-old-stock-must-go sale.
“Your birthday is coming up, isn’t it?” my wife coyly asked me.
“Yup,” I said.
“How about we buy that Lazy Boy recliner that you have been dreaming about ever since I first met you?”
So let me tell you about our living room. We have got two gorgeous couches, that are great for stretching out and napping in – but we don’t have any easy chairs. So when I sit to watch television I have to sort of perch on the couch and not put my feet up.
We used to have a pair of easy chairs, but they gave way to the deterioration of age and a large working man’s body. I have been wanting a Lazy Boy recliner for a very long time – but every time I start to think about buying one I think about our debtload and all of the things that we NEED to buy – and I get second thoughts.
“No second thoughts now,” my sweet darling Belinda said. “It’s time. Your back is killing you. All that hard work you’ve done. You’ve earned this. Let’s buy this chair.”
So I said yes and she hugged me – she was that grateful to see me taking care of myself for a change.
In fact, we bought TWO chairs. We found a chair that was perfect for her as well. The two of them will be delivered early in August. No longer will I perch upon my couch. I can hardly wait!
Madison recliner

This isn’t the EXACT chair we bought, but it is pretty close.

Sometimes you have to do that for yourself.

Sometimes you have to stop worrying about what MIGHT happen in the future and make your wishes come true – RIGHT NOW!

Sometimes you have to stop talking and dreaming about something and just get up off of your butt and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

So, because my wife made me get up OFF of my butt and make my wish come true I am going to get the chance to sit on my butt comfortably.

Don’t wait for the future to come.

Make it happen NOW!

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon