Monday, January 17, 2011

Coming To A Kindle Near You…

Several years ago, for Valentine's Day, I wrote a short story originally titled "Stupid Cupid." Full of promise, I sent it off to a romance magazine, and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Eventually, it got all moldy and stinky on my laptop so I wrapped it in Saran wrap, stuck it in a folder, and waited some more like a good little unrepresented author.

I've done the same thing with my novel, except for the occasional attempt to entice an agent to represent my work. Then I got a Kindle for Christmas, and you know what? I love it. I downloaded The Hunger Games on Christmas morning. I liked that book so much that I downloaded the second one in the series one night after I got home from work. Upon finishing that one, I bought the final book in the series. That was at about two am. And all three times, I never left my house. Which was good, because I was wearing mt PJ's and smelled a little like horse.

And here is what I have to say about eBooks.

I love them. I love my Kindle. I love the cover with the light Mr.SD bought me. I love the fact that I don't need book marks. I enjoy having more than one book in the same compact book-like package. And apparently, I'm not the only one who likes it.

From USA Today 1/5/2011

USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, to be published Thursday, will show digital's new popularity: E-book versions of the top six books outsold the print versions last week. And of the top 50, 19 had higher e-book than print sales.

Let me emphasize one sentence of that small paragraph: E-book versions of the top six books outsold the print versions last week.

Now, believe me when I tell you that I know paper books will never be obsolete. For one thing I won’t be taking my Kindle into the pool. I'm not stupid. Plus I like to drink a little while I'm floating around so sometimes gravity gets the best of me. Plus, although you can lend Kindle books to other Kindle owners, it's not quite the same as passing a paperback copy of Water For Elephants around. On the other hand, I have no idea where my copy of Water For Elephants is, which would be eliminated via Kindle lending, since they get loaned out for two weeks then come back to your account, as if by magic. And I don’t see a small herd of rainbow color unicorns thundering in my direction with little book bags around their soft and fluffy rainbow colored necks, returning my stack of Sara Gruen Flying Changes: A Novel Water for Elephants: A Novelbooks.

Anyway, all that was pretty much off the track I wanted to be on. But when I tell you the rest of it, it'll make more sense:

I got tired of waiting for someone else to publish my short story, so I published it myself. On Amazon. I know, I know: What kind of crazy ass would choose to ditch the middle man and publish their work on the biggest grossing sales site on the internet. Silly, I know. But what the hell…

The first copy I sold was to myself, because I wanted to make sure it was formatted correctly. Apparently, I goofed up the paragraph indentation, so you'll have to excuse that. Then again, if you're a frequent reader of this blog, you're used to poor spelling and typos anyway.

By the way, you do not have to own a Kindle to read it. There is a free app available for downlaod to PC's. iPhones/pods/pads and Android based phones and tablets. In other words, you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books.

So, for your consideration, available for the low, low price of .99 cents, is my charming little short, Splitting The Difference. I hope you like it. And if you do, I'd appreciate it if you’d tell your friends.

And if you don’t, go ahead and tell your enemies.

6 comments:

michelleblackler said...

Darlin,
Do you know that the bottom two 'reaction boxes' are cut off on all your posts? For me, anyway. I can't read them. Always enjoy your posts, keep us posted on how the self publishing goes.

Slave Driver said...

Yes, but I have no idea how to fix that.

MichaleenFlynn said...

I am so happy for you, and very impressed!
As soon as I figure out how to d/l, I will! lol

Slave Driver said...

Michaeleen, google "Kindle app" and choose the one right for the unti you'll be reading if off of (Apple, PC etc)

Then dowload. Go to Amazon by clicking on the link below the image, and then purchase. They will walk you through the download process.

Thank you for your support!

Cyndi said...

My husband and I went back and forth about buying a Kindle (or some other form of eBook reader). We finally bought the Kindle and I love it, even though I do miss the shiny colorful covers of new books. I downloaded The Lake of Dreams, The Lost Symbol and Crescent Dawn...as well as Splitting the Difference!
Damn..it is far too easy to buy books with the Kindle!
I'm looking forward to reading your story. Keep us posted about the sales on Amazon.

Slave Driver said...

Cyndi,

My husband chose the Kindle (and since B&N is on the bubble I'm very happy about NOT getting a Nook) and I have been very happy with it so far. And thank you for purchasing nmy short. Please feel free to review it on the site.