Monday, September 24, 2018

If only I had twelve grand to spare

Then I could get a 20 mm rifle from Anzio.

From the photos, it looks like they do gorgeous work.  And that video with the silencer!  lol  I'll admit that putting a silencer on a 20 mm cannon is not something I would have thought practical.  But American ingenuity always finds new ways to surprise me, it seems.  Major props to Anzio.

The downside to a 20 mm rifle is the paperwork involved.  If I recall correctly, these things are classified as "Destructive Devices," which means extra bureaucracy involved and long wait times.  But if you've got the money to spend on something like this, you can probably afford the patience, too.

Fun fact: Once upon a time, way back in the 1950s, Americans could order 20 mm Solothurns through the mail.  No forms to fill out, no background checks, no nothing.  Just simple mail order like any other product.  You could even pay C.O.D.

That all changed, of course, when the laws changed.  But there was a time when the only limit to your personal arsenal was your wallet.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

So how was your week?

These past few days have been a blitz.  There's been a dumpster fire at kboards, in case you haven't heard.  I've been a member there for over four years.  I had over 2500 posts.  And I've spent the past couple of days manually redacting every single comment.  It took many hours and cramped my wrists, but I got it done.

Naturally, I haven't done any writing or revising or anything else I should have been doing instead of trying to manage this crisis.  :(

On the plus side, this situation prompted Timothy Ellis to create a new forum as a replacement, and other than a few technical hiccups, it's going swimmingly.  I'm very optimistic about Writer Sanctum.

I've also joined K'Sennia's forum, the Indieauthorhaven.  Thanks for starting it, K'Sennia!

Now I need to get my head back in the "professional author" game.  I'm still pretty frazzled, so it might take a few days for my brain to settle down, but I'm going to try to plow ahead anyway.

In the meantime, Mr. Wilson is still available for free at My Book Cave, so if you haven't picked up a copy yet, you've got about a week left to do so.

Let's hope this coming week is a lot more boring than the previous one.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tanyard's Law of Pills

Whenever the instructions on a pill bottle tell you to take two pills per dose, it is inevitable that you will eventually end up with just a single pill left in the bottle.

Magnet promo: one week in

So I'm a week into this My Book Cave magnet promo newsletter builder thing.  I've had 71 downloads of Mr. Wilson so far.  I have no idea if that's good, bad, or average.  This is my first time doing this, and I have no clue what to expect.

No newsletter sign-ups yet.  That's kind of disappointing.  But again, maybe that's typical.  No idea.

Anyway, the story's still available for free at the link for those who want it.  All it requires is an email address.

And you might as well check out the other books, too, while you're there.  All the offerings are free, so there's nothing to lose.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dipping my toe in the library waters

I just clicked the Overdrive box on three of my books on Kobo.  They'll presumably be available for libraries around the world to purchase in something like 7-10 days.  This is something I've been meaning to do for a while, but I had a hard time figuring out how to price the books, so I've held off.

Some people say to set the ebook's Overdrive price at three times the retail price.  Others say to set it at the print price.  Others suggest going higher than that, citing trad-published ebook titles selling on Overdrive for $59.99 or whatever.  And still others say to set it as low as possible and basically write it off as a marketing avenue instead of a real income stream.  Decisions, decisions...

I finally decided on $14.99 for each of the Free Space trilogy books.  So far, those are the only books I'm making available to Overdrive.  The series is complete, unlike Wheel of Fire, so library readers can get the whole thing if they want.

Every time a library purchases a copy, I'll get 50%, so about $7.50.  I reserve the right to change the Overdrive pricing at any time, because this is totally new to me, and I don't know what to expect.

We'll see what happens.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Florence cometh

Maybe.  These "tracks" are always just guesses.  They rarely turn out to be accurate.

In any event, I'm north of the Fall Line, so I'm not worried.  And it's been a little dry around these parts anyway.  We could use some rain.

Writing makes for strange bedfellows

I logged in to My Book Cave to see how the magnet thing was going, but something else caught my eye first.

Yes, that book in the middle is by Corbin Bernsen, the actor.  I did a double-take because I had no idea he'd written a book.  Yet there it is, right between a pair of romances.  It feels weird that Corbin Bernsen and I are both promoting our work on the same site at the same time.  I mean, I watched this guy in Major League decades ago.

Anyway, if you ever happen to come across this blog post, Mr. Bernsen, congratulations on completing a novel.  It's a remarkable achievement.