Wednesday, May 30, 2012
There have been changes, but are they significant?
So let's review. I'm an established writer with almost 1,000 short story sales, author of several books published by small presses, and editor of five crime fiction anthologies. I'm not well known, but neither am I a beginner.
I released my first title for Kindle--a romance novella titled Unbridled Love: A Romance with Horse Sense--in April 2010. Since then I've released 13 additional titles--one novel, two novellas, six short story collections, and four freestanding short stories. The titles have been released under my name and under the pseudonym Rolinda Hay.
My bestselling title is the one I released first. As of the end of April, Unbridled Love has sold 480 copies. Released in April 2011, my second-bestselling title is Sex, Violence & Half a Million Dollars, a collection of erotic crime fiction stories previously published in men's magazines, with 18 copies sold as of the end of April. Sales for other titles range down to a low of two for "Pick," a short story released September 2010. (My newest release, Love in Short Order, has only been available for a few days and stats for this title are not included.)
I'm currently earning more than $100 each month from sales of these titles, though the bulk of that income is from sales of Unbridled Love. (Note: I don't give work away so these sales figures represent actual sales, not freebies.)
I enrolled several of my titles in KDP Select. So far only one title has been checked out. Interestingly, it was a short story and I earned more for that check-out than I would have earned if I'd sold that copy.
I've also released two of these titles--Unbridled Love and Memories Dying--through Smashwords. I don't have actual sales figures handy, but my total earnings from Smashwords, as of the end of April, was $104.58. The bulk of the income was generated by sales of Unbridled Love.
The income I receive from self-published Kindle titles encourages me to continue adding titles as time permits, but does not yet come close to the income I earn from sales to traditional (and non-traditional) short story markets. I have not yet written anything specifically for self-publishing. Everything I've released has been previously published (thus generating additional income) or has, at least, made the rounds of my regular markets (thus generating some income rather than sitting in my filing cabinet and generating none).
The income I receive from Smashwords indicates that I should make an effort to release more titles through Smashwords, and I intend to as time permits.
So, significant changes? No.
But things are definitely looking up.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
About "Chalkers," Tipple says, the story
"...works on all levels and is a good one."Read the entire review here.
About "News Flash," he says
"...this short story is a powerful read with a certain sad inevitability to it."Read the entire review here.
Also available from Untreed Reads, "Lost Soul."
Monday, May 28, 2012
It's a literary story about a police officer, so I submitted it to a literary journal. Though I don't often submit my work to literary journals, I have been published in a few.
Love in Short Order is the latest title I've released as Rolinda Hay. It's currently available only from Amazon for Kindle. Learn more here.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
"It truly warrants a place near the top of the Top 10 Resources for Writer."Read the entire review here.
"'Reprieve' steers perilously close to snuff fiction, while delivering the most original story of the bunch. Author Michael Bracken envisions a hired killer who fails to take his shot when the sight in his rifle scope is of two men f*cking. The killer's trigger finger is necessarily diverted to his own anatomy."*I've not included a link to the review site because it is NSFW.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I'm not exactly sure what to call this one. There's a bit of blackmail, but it isn't a crime story, and there's erotic content, but it isn't erotica. Regardless, it's in an editor's hands now.
So here's what I want from editors:
1. Respond to my submissions promptly, especially if you asked me to contribute to your project.
2. Notify me when you accept or reject my submission. If you can't use the story I sent you, maybe someone else can.
3. Edit carefully and let me see review your work. I'm easy to work with and most of the time you catch errors and make good suggestions. I appreciate that.
4. Send me galley or page proofs to read prior to publication. I will proofread and return them promptly, correcting errors and only rarely suggesting or requesting a change.
5. Pay me promptly. This is how I feed myself. Let me choose when I start my next diet.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
After signing away his soul for fame, wealth, and women, an accountant for the mob goes missing, and a sexy demon hires private eye Mark Cain to find him.
Here's how it begins:
The statuesque redhead pushed into my office without knocking and I looked up from the newspaper I had spread across my desk. I’m usually a breast man but the redhead’s backside caught my attention first.
“Nice tail,” I said.
She flicked it once. Then she dropped an eight-by-ten glossy on my desk.
“We had a contract,” she explained. “He skipped.”