Kindle Matchbook

Thanks to Kindle’s new Matchbook program, if you buy a print copy of The Art Kids or Bethany Caleb, you can get a free download of the ebook editions!  From what I’ve read this is retroactive so if you have previously bought print editions you’ll be able to get the free download now.  Also, until October 5th, both books are free to download for Kindle.

I’m waiting to receive the proof copy of Hitchhikers – once I do, that book will also be enrolled in the Matchbook program, and I’ll be doing some giveaways!  If anyone out there is interested in writing a review of Hitchhikers, the book is available as a free download for most devices over at Smashwords (or you can also get it free on Barnes & Noble and in the iBookstore), or if you contact me, I can send you a print copy as soon as they are ready.

Hitchhikers cover reveal!

It has taken some time – had to get permissions for the artwork, and tweak the font so that it’s readable as a teeny-tiny thumbnail – but finally I have a cover for Hitchhikers!!!

Hitchhikers ebook cover 4

 

I like a lot, although I did prefer my initial design which used a different model and more of a sunset-y background (which gave the cover a more ominous feel)… but technically this person looks more like my main character, so I’m happy with it.  Photoshop is fun 🙂

So, cover aside, I’m hoping to get this novel out for public consumption by mid-May.  Gotta have Janina do a read of the final draft, maybe get a little closer to finishing the sequel…

writing is hard.

There are so many distractions… so many things to see on the interwebs… I am watching Janina type away and maybe she’s thinks I’m writing too, but I’m not working on my novel like I should be…

Today I read this article about authors who self-publish ebooks and are actually able to make a living at it.  And I’m really starting to think I should throw some of my completed novels into the ebook arena.  Specifically, the Hitchhikers series.  Yeah, you know, the second book of which I am not writing right now?

So this article has inspired me to really think about doing the whole ebook thing.  A traditional publisher would be wonderful, but as you can see from my rejection counter –> I have sort of run the gamut of agents and a handful of publishers who are not interested.  And yet this same novel, in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest two years ago made it nearly to the end.

The article should have inspired me to actually write more, but instead I was more inspired to create series covers.  You know, covers that actually relate to each other and would sell an ebook.  I will share those once I’ve finished all three.  Three you say?  Yes – the fully written Hitchhikers, the half-finished Dreamwalkers, and the twinkle in my eye Scavengers, which will be told from Zeke’s point of view.  Maybe there will be more at that point, who knows?  I’m also calling the series Wolf Point.  I’ve been getting a lot of good ideas and tips on The Book Designer‘s blog, which hosts a monthly ebook cover design award.

Maybe if I can manage to keep up this level of inspire-ment for more than tonight, this whole ebook thing might actually come to pass…

I’ll Never Go Away print edition on sale now!

You can buy the print version of I’ll Never Go Away now on Amazon!  The Kindle format is also available.

I’ll hopefully be receiving my contributor’s copy soon so I can read it 🙂

In other news, I’m thinking of posting some of my old short stories, the really embarrassing ones I wrote back in high school.  There’s this one series called Mistaken Identity that I reread recently and it’s pretty hilarious and completely influenced by Christopher Pike… I’m looking into how to make my own ebook so people can download to their ereaders and it’ll look like a real ebook (but it would be free!).  I’m considering posting them as PDFs on Scribd.  First, however, I’d have to design some awesomely craptastic covers!  I’m thinking lots of broken mirrors and fragmented faces…