Crumbly Writer: Blog

Amazon issue

September 13, 2017
Posted at 6:41 pm
 

Just discovered that my Table of Contents in Amazon haven't been working. I updated a bunch of them (the most recent ones), so I'd suggest you update to the latest version so they'll be easier to read and navigate.

The Demons Within, Chapter 3

September 11, 2017
Posted at 8:53 pm
 

Several notes, especially concerning the books I just published on Saturday.

I hadn't made clear that the "Demonic Issues Box Set" is also available on Amazon. I didn't mentioned it because Amazon's preorder sales aren't counted the same way that Smashwords' are. However, several people started purchasing "The Demons Within", not knowing the Box Sex is now published on Amazon too. It's only $1 off (instead of the preorder price on SW of $8.99), but it's still cheaper than buying the two books individually.

I've also set up my website, www.crumblywriter.net (http://www.crumblywriter.net/crumbly_writers_stories.htm), which has a slightly more graphical interface than SOL. I also post my latest chapters sooner there, so I know whether it works before posting to SOL. You can also visit the more robust site at www.crumblywriter.net, which also features site, book and story updates.

There were a variety of issues with the new releases. Specifically, Smashwords was unable to process the graphic files properly, so if you have trouble downloading large files, or an older device, that's probably your best bet.

I also posted both files ("The Demons Within" and "Speaking With Your Demons") on lulu.com. The graphics work well there, but they don't have the box set. Finally, Amazon has never had trouble processing any file I've submitted to it, so you can usually count on those files.

For those of you unaware, since I moved my "Catalyst" series to 'Premiere Only', I'm slowly posting it to scifistories.com. I'm currently up to book 3, and posting one chapter a day, Monday - Friday.

Finally, with no books ready when the current two books complete, I may slow down to a single chapter a week, just so the delay between stories isn't quite so long, but I haven't committed to that yet.

The preorder and the Box Set were a HUGE success. While I'd previously had issues with preorders, I'd never considered sweetening the deal with a time-limited discount, which made ALL the difference.

By the way, the print version ($9.99) of "Speaking With Your Demons" is gorgeous! I'm also giving away several copies for free on smashwords (in exchange for potential reviews). You can find the details at: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/253586-speaking-with-your-demons.

Demons Within Late Updates

September 9, 2017
Posted at 10:23 pm
 

Just a couple of updates on my latest books, which I finally published today.

I hadn't made clear that the "Demonic Issues Box Set" is also available on Amazon. I hadn't mentioned it, because Amazon counts their preorder sales aren't counted the same way that Smashwords are. However, I've already noticed several people purchasing the first book on Amazon, not knowing that the Box Sex was supposed to be published today. It's only $1 off (instead of the preorder price on SW of $8.99), but it's still cheaper than buying the two book individually.

I've also set up my website, www.crumblywriter.net (http://www.crumblywriter.net/crumbly_writers_stories.htm), which has a slightly more graphical interface than does SOL. I also tend to post my latest chapters sooner there, so I know whether it works before posting to SOL. You can also visit the more robust site at www.crumblywriter.net, which also features site, book and story updates.

For those of you unaware, since I moved my "Catalyst" series to 'Premiere Only', I'm slowly posting it to SFS. I'm currently up to book 3, and now posting one chapter a day, Monday - Friday.

Finally, since I have no book ready when the current two books complete, I may slow down to only a single chapter a week, just so the delay between stories isn't quite so long, but I haven't committed to that yet.

The preorder and the Box Set were a HUGE success. While I'd previously had issues with preorders, I'd never considered sweetening the deal with a time-limited discount, which made ALL the difference.

If you preordered a book, please let me know if you had any issues. I followed SW's advice, but they never specified how to handle the change in prices. If you notice a higher purchase price than you were promised, please contact me and I'll fix it, but Amazon throws a hissy fit if anyone sells their book at a cheaper price than they do.

Lastly, I hope you're enjoying the story. Chapter 3 is a fun chapter, showing a light-hearted side of Phil.

New Story: "The Demons Within"

September 6, 2017
Posted at 8:20 pm
 

For anyone who hasn't noticed, I've got a new story up. "The Demons Within", Book 1 in my "Demonic Issues" series. Just don't jump to conclusions. This isn't your typical 'demon' story. In fact, it doesn't really fit into any standard genre. It's part science fiction, part fantasy, throw in a bunch of fairies, dragons, demons, devils and a few ... accountants and dressmakers. Mix in a medical drama, someone trying to justify something he can't explain, and the 'powers that be' that get upset when their apple cart is overturned. This is not your typical story!

These two books are a very personal story for me, because it addresses mental illness—of all stripes—homelessness, addictions, alternative medicines and the resistance to accepting them as accepted 'medical practice'.

However, aside from being very personal, it took me forever to write these two books. With various medical issues hounding me (mostly medication screw-ups that affected my concentration) this book took me over a year to write, while the second, "Speaking With Your Demons" took a full nine months.

One warning, though, which contains a few story spoilers but which I think provides a justified warning.

I've recently decided to abandon my use of the 'tragic hero' motif, where my lead characters sometimes sacrifice themselves in order to achieve their selected missions. Though dramatic, it's never been popular. However, I decided to have some fun with it before giving it up. As a result, this story skirts the line. So, as they say, "Don't worry, everything works out in the end". After all, there's already a sequel written and about to be published.

Finally, I've got several items which are already in motion. "The Demons Within" is already published and available on Smashwords, Amazon and Createspace (print version). "Speaking With Your Demons" is currently available for 'pre-order' until Saturday, 9/9/2017, only on SW. On 9/9/17, the story is being published on Smashwords, Amazon, Createspace and (hopefully) lulu too. I've also got to say, the print version is my most beautiful book yet, as I included a multiple full page graphics, as well as my traditional graphic chapter titles, chapter heads and section breaks (most of which I've ripped out of my ebooks to improve slow download times).

Now, a quick word about these stories. Always interested in trying new things, I'm investigating 'box sets', where you can purchase an entire series in one volume for a slight discount. If you purchase before Saturday, you'll receive $1 off of both "Speaking With Your Demons" and "Demonic Issues Box Set", which is already discounted $1. That means, if you purchase the box set in the next few days, the normally $10.99 set (price for both books at full retail price) is available for only $8.99. Unfortunately, on Saturday the prices all jump to full retail ($5.99 for "Speaking With Your Demons" and $9.99 for "Demonic Issues Box Set".

Hopefully, this 'box set' idea works, as I'm hoping to also use it for the next installment of my "Not-Quite Human" series (You can purchase the one volume when I release book 2, and when I eventually publish book 3, you can simply upgrade your book for free to read all three stories. I'm also looking at creating a box set of my "Catalyst" series, to hopefully drop the price of purchasing all six book!

As far as this book is concerned, a few notes. Despite the protagonist fighting for his life in nearly every chapter, the book starts off slow, so give it time. According to everyone who's read it, it's a real page turner near the end. But whatever you do, you'll want to finish the story, no matter how you think it's going to end. There are a lot of surprises in this story, and nothing is quite what it seems.

I hope you enjoy it. As I said, this was a story which demanded I write it, even if doesn't fit into any model of a 'successful' book series. Hopefully you'll appreciate it, but if you don't, it's definitely not for everyone!

Editor & Proofreader Appreciation Day

August 24, 2017
Posted at 7:25 pm
 

Several editors, lead by Jay Cantrell and sponsored by Thornfoote, TeNderLoin and Omachuck (who edit for me, and several other authors) are organizing an Editor and Proofreaders Appreciation Day (shouldn't that be "Editors and Proofreaders'"?) to recognize the contributions of, you guessed it, editors and proofreaders.

I fully support the idea, and we're hoping to spearhead an organized contest at SOL and its associated sites (this one included) to highlight their contribution (we're still working out the details behind the scene).

As I've long maintained, despite their excellent work, any remaining errors in my text are entirely mine, as I placed the errors there and either hid them so cleverly they weren't detected, or refused to correct them because of 'Style differences' (serial commas and the like). They did the best they could with a lunk-head like me, so I'm not about to criticize them for my taking an unpopular (with some readers) Style decisions.

Correction: I forgot to credit the original proponent of the idea, Jay Cantrell. Thanks to him for initiating this action and all of his hard work over the years, too!

Note: By the way, if you made it this far, I'd like to announce that, having finally finished the sequel, I'm going to begin posting The Demons Within within a couple of weeks. The sequel, Speaking With Your Demons should go on sale shortly (hopefully on Wednesday, barring any last minute problems).