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A short while ago, I posted about gifting e-books and how simple it was. For those who missed that entry, I’ll briefly recap the basic idea here. When one goes to Barnes and Noble or Amazon, you have the option of ‘gifting’ an e-book to someone and having a notice sent to their e-mail that they have a new book waiting for them. The e-mail will also provide a link so that person can claim their gift. Pretty straightforward and simple right? Of course it is. But there’s also an added feature that allows you to determine when that e-mail goes out to the recipient. You can schedule the day that e-mail goes out so they can be notified of the present on a specific day such as a birthday…
or whatever the special occasion is.
*To see the full entry click here: http://allankrummenacker.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-holiday-season-is-coming-and-you.html
However, there was one little feature I did not mention at the time I posted that entry and that is, any sales made as gifts will NOT be reflected in your sales report.
Why? Because until the gift is actually claimed by the recipient the sale is not considered FINALIZED. I only found out about this recently myself when a person who had won a copy of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” in a poetry contest run by my fellow author/blogger Aurora Jean Alexander (blog link: https://aurorajalexander.wordpress.com/). I knew the sale had taken place from my end and that an e-mail had been sent to the recipient informing them the book was waiting. But after several days I saw no sign of the sale on my KDP Report. This confused me and as the weeks progressed I still did not see the sale show up, even though when I had ‘gifted’ someone an e-book previously the sale showed up rather quickly.
Puzzled, I got into contact with Amazon and was informed that until the gift was claimed the sale was not done and would not show up in the report. I am following up with Aurora Jean to have her get in contact with the recipient to check their e-mail, specifically their ‘Spam’ filter, so they can claim their prize.
But this experience was an eye-opener for me and based on the number of thanks and kudos I got from fellow authors about my article on gifting e-books, I felt it important to share this new piece of information here. I recently ran a 50% off sale on all the e-books in my Para-Earth Series and did not see much sales happening at all. Then I remembered, I had mentioned in my advertising the benefits of ‘scheduling’ when the books should arrive and will be waiting until Christmas and Hannukah to see if sales were actually much better than I’d thought.
So the lesson here is patience my friends. I still highly recommend gifting e-books and that all writers should mention the scheduling feature of when the book is to arrive. Just don’t be discouraged if sales don’t seem to be picking up right away. They may be waiting in the wings to surprise you especially around this holiday season.
So until next time. Take care, be safe as you shop, and keep writing.
Only 6 more days until Nathan and company arrive, just in time for Halloween!
It’s been a long time in the making, but “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” is arriving in just 7 more days. But you don’t have to wait to order your copy now. In fact you can pre-order the book and get 25% off the regular asking price. That’s right, you can order an e-copy for just $2.99 (after October 28th, the price will be $3.99).
Furthermore, the book will be available in all e-reader formats such as Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple, PDF, Kobo and others.
Signed trade paperback copies will also be available for $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling anywhere in the United States. Overseas mailing will cost slightly more. For anyone interested in getting a signed copy, please e-mail us at: http://allankrummenacker.wixsite.com/allan-krummenacker/contact
Here’s a sneak peak inside the novel:
I skipped my last class and headed straight over to Nathan’s place. I knew he wasn’t going to be up yet, but I wanted to be there when he woke. Plus I wanted to see how his ‘guest’ was getting on.
I let myself in through the front door and started to head upstairs when I heard noises coming from down in the cellar. My first thought was, ‘He’s up already! Good, now he can tell me what the hell happened.’ So I made a beeline for the door in the kitchen that I’d seen him disappear through this morning.
As soon as I opened it the sounds were much louder. Someone was moving down there, but something wasn’t right. It didn’t sound like him moving around. Immediately, I had a bad feeling and my first impulse was to leave and get help. But then I remembered Nathan was down there, and he would be vulnerable at this time of day.
My protective instincts must’ve kicked in, because I raced down the stairs and spotted my godfather lying on a table in the center of the room. Standing over him was the guy from last night armed with a stake and hammer.
He had his back to me, so I took advantage of the situation and jumped him.
As expected, I took him by surprise and the stake wound up hitting the light hanging over the table. Out of the corner of my eye I could see our shadows as he tried to fight me off. A part of me kind of wished someone had been filming them, it looked pretty cool-not that I was enjoying myself at the time.
For a guy who’d nearly died the night before, he was pretty lively and strong. He wound up slamming me against the wall by launching himself backwards. I always wondered how characters in movies manage to stay on someone when that happened, and now I know. It’s called an adrenaline rush with good reason. This clown was trying to kill someone dear to me, and I wasn’t about to give up.
Unfortunately, he was bigger and outweighed me by a lot. After I hung on when he slammed me against the wall, he tried a new tactic. He fell backwards on purpose and landed right on top of me, hard! I think I must’ve blacked out, because the next thing I knew he had me tied to a chair and was staring straight into my eyes.
“I’m sorry, kid. I didn’t want to hurt you, but you’re obviously under his control,” he tells me. “But don’t worry, I’m gonna dust this blood-sucker and you’ll be all right. We both will. Now just sit tight and let me do what’s gotta be done, okay?”
I couldn’t believe it. Mr. Break-In was trying to be a hero. It was almost funny in a way. But I still couldn’t let him kill Nathan. “No, you don’t understand. He’s not a monster!” I tell him. “He’s a good man. I don’t know what happened between you two last night, but he didn’t kill you. He spared you and did everything he could to keep you alive!”
As soon as the words leave my lips, I realize all of this is true. Nathan could’ve ignored me when I begged him to stop. Instead he told me to get the blood I’d brought and started giving the guy a couple of transfusions. How could I…
“That’s what he’s been telling you, kid,” the guy yells. “He’s inside your head, just like he’s been in mine. I can still feel him, but I’m able to fight back. And once he’s dead, you’ll understand. You’ll be normal again.”
Before I can say anything else he whirls around and rams the stake right into Nathan’s chest.
My godfather doesn’t cry out. Nor does he gasp, or open his eyes, the way vampyres supposedly do in movies or books. But all those writers did get one thing right; he starts to crack and crumble right before my eyes.
For an instant I can’t speak. Time has slowed down as I see the cracking spread all over his skin. Soon his chest caves in on itself, with the sound of ancient paper crackling and breaking. Then his hands start to implode and turn into fine particles. Within moments there’s nothing left except his clothes and dust.
I can’t remember exactly what happened next but I think I screamed and tried going after the guy with the stake. I kept trying to undo the ropes around my wrists and ankles, while cursing my head off at him.
The jerk just stares at me in complete shock and keeps trying to tell me that we’re both free.
But I don’t listen. Instead, I just lose it. Finally, he gives up and shouts something about sending the cops and a straightjacket for me and takes off. My mouth is still running with every curse word it knows, while tears are streaming down my face. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was crying. I’d just lost someone as dear as my parents and little brother.
I cried and screamed myself hoarse for God knows how long before I finally got control of myself. When I did, my only thought was getting out of there. I was sure Dad or Dr. Jack would be coming by sooner or later, but I couldn’t wait that long.
Once again I went after the ropes, but Ass-Hat knew his stuff; they weren’t loosening at all. As I struggled I noticed the chair was a bit wobbly. It occurred to me that if the chair broke, I might find it easier to free myself. So I tried rocking and shifting, hoping something would break. Eventually, something did – namely the two legs on the left side.
From my point of view, all I saw was the world tilting sideways slowly, then rapidly. I braced myself for a hard landing but instead I hit soft dirt, much to my relief. Then I noticed I was still going down. My shoulder was sinking into the dirt as if it were quicksand. Panic took hold as I struggled desperately to free myself from the chair, but only the two legs had broken. My hands and body were still firmly tied to it. I was going to sink into the floor, and there was nothing I could do.
The soil was just starting to touch my cheek when a hand grabbed my shoulder… from inside the ground!
-end of preview-
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I’ve currently been focusing most of my writing time on revising and editing the 2nd draft of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog entries, this is the first time I’m working from the 1st Person Perspective. What makes this so different from third person, is the fact that the character is the narrator, instead of me just letting readers see inside the heads of the various characters.
This time I had to not only get inside the character’s head, but I had to do a lot more. Each character has something special beside their own thoughts and ideas. They may walk a certain way, have an outgoing personality, or be quiet and shy, which can all be shown by describing how they behave around the other characters. But there was one thing I really had to learn about them this time that I hadn’t really explored as deeply before. I had to find their voice.
I can safely say this was have been the most crucial and difficult part of writing the story for me. Because, even though I created the characters, each of them would be telling the story as seen through their eyes. In the past, I could tell the story in my own voice. I simply had to tell their tale, as they told it to me inside my own head. But this time, it was different. I was still creating the story, but now I had to do it from a different perspective. This time I had to get into the character’s head and see the world through their eyes.
I already knew their background, ages, likes, dislikes, personality, the way they dressed etc. After all, I was the writer and director of the piece. I knew how I wanted my actors and actresses to look and behave and where I wanted them to go and how to get them there. But this new perspective I had to take on was a bit daunting in some ways. Why? Simple. I wasn’t just getting inside the head of just one character…
I was dealing with a crowd of characters, who were each going to get their turn to help tell the story from their own perspective. An insane idea? Not really. It had been done before. After all, those who’ve read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” got a taste of multiple first person perspectives in the form of letters, diary and journal entries. I simply decided to follow his lead and try writing my first vampyre story in a similar vein (no pun intended… well, maybe a little). This was a suggestion my wife made to me when I told her I wanted to do a multiple first-person point of view for the piece, but didn’t know how to pull it off. Luckily, she simply pointed out to me what Stoker had done, and recommended I updated the concept using Blogs, E-Journals/Diaries, and even written ones.
For every writer, it feels like you’re putting on a one-person show, playing multiple roles as you tell the story. Only this time, I had to come up with different styles of speech patterns for each character. This meant more than just giving them an accent or something. I had to really think hard about how the vocabulary of a man who has walked the Earth for the last 160 years, might differ from an everyday person. Or how two eighteen year old girls may differ in their way of talking and writing about their lives, based on their interests and backgrounds. Plus, I had to deal with a pastor who is torn about his sins as well as being haunted by years of child abuse. The list goes on and on.
As you can guess, it could get quite dizzying at times for me. But this was mostly because I wasn’t used to jumping heads so quickly and thoroughly. However, as I continued to write and really got to know the characters better, I found it easier and easier to write from their perspective. Like an actor/actress who is returning to an old role that performed so many times, slipping back into their persona and voice was easier each time.
This is true for writing in the third-person as well. But keeping that ‘voice’ is very important to me, especially when you have a tale being told from multiple points of view via blog and e-diary entries. Everyone has a ‘voice’ when they write that’s all their own. Creating those ‘voices’ can be a challenge at first, but in time you’ll find it easier and easier to slip back into it.
Until, next time. Take care and keep writing.
Last week I talked about getting business cards to help market my other blog site “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition”. Yesterday, the cards arrived and here is what they look like…
(click on card to get a better look)
The front view contains information about me, the blog site and where to find it, along with my e-mail and a little note at the bottom letting people know the site is a precursor to the book which will be coming out in December of this year.
The back view talks about the novel itself. The title of the book and it’s release date is clear and visible in the center, with a quote from Nathaniel above it. Underneath the title, is another note that explains that “The Vampyre Blogs” is part of my Para-Earth series and that other books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online outlets.
“So what happens next?”, I hear you ask. This is where the fun begins. I will be distributing these cards to everyone I know in my college classes. University and college campuses have a lot of vampire fans, so it’s the obvious first line of attack. I will give them not just one card, but several so they can share the info with family and friends who also like vampires.
But I’m not stopping there. I’ll be leaving small stacks in places where students hang out, like at the coffee shops and library. I’ll also be keeping a bunch on me whenever I go out and give some to co-workers (current and former) as well as anyone who shows interest in our conversations about vampires.
I’m also asking friends on Facebook if any of them would like to have some of these cards to spread around to their friends and coworkers. I’ll be mailing them the cards and putting their names on a list of people who will get a free paperback copy of the book when it comes out in December. If anyone reading this blog is interested in taking advantage of that offer, please let me know in comments below or e-mail me.
I want “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” to flourish and become a highly anticipated release. So any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Remember, the site itself contains short stories done in blog entry form, by various characters who appear in the novel. However, NONE of those entries will appear in the book. I’m not just going to re-package the blog site. Instead, you’ll be getting a brand new novel-length adventure. The stories on the blog site is simply is ‘bonus’ material for all my visitors. A little taste of what’s to come.
I can’t stress enough the importance of getting the word out about any novel/short story is for every author. It doesn’t matter if your an unknown or Stephen King. If people don’t know about your work, you’ll be lucky to sell just one copy. I have no idea how well this line of attack will work, but I’m going to give it one hell of a shot.
Until next time… take care and keep writing.
I’m on Spring Break this week from the university and luckily none of my instructors loaded me down with extra work. So I have some time to myself, finally. I’ll try and get some writing done this week, but for now I wish to share some of my thoughts about the future.
First off, “No one panic!” I’m not giving up on writing novels. Writing is my passion and to stop doing it would be like ripping out a huge part of who I am. Writing is not just something I do, it’s who I am. So there is no way I’ll ever stop. I’m even planning on getting some voice software like ‘Dragon’ so I can dictate my ideas to the computer on those days when the fibromyalgia is making it difficult to type.
But as for my university studies… I just don’t know anymore. Most days it seems most of my instructors are talking about how we’re being prepared to not only get a Bachelor’s Degree but to pursue a Master’s Degree. In fact, most of my classes seemed geared to doing just that and nothing else.
I entered university to gain more knowledge and skills to help in my quest for getting a job in Human Services. But instead I’m hearing (from the instructors mind you) that “These days a Bachelor’s is the equivalent of what a High School Diploma was a few years ago. What you really need to do if you’re going to get anywhere is pursue a Masters…” etc. Hearing things like this does not inspire me very much. I’m 50 years old, I cannot keep wracking up more student loan debt and do nothing but intern work for the next 4-5 years. PLUS… all this extra studies would take away from my writing and spending time with my wife.
Originally I started university so my wife and I could keep living in the off-campus housing that was inexpensive and an easy commute. But we’ve discovered this year that my wife is deathly allergic to certain plants in the area where we are living, and the pollens are out of control this year to the point other residents who have lived in this area for years are having troubles like never before. Now both my wife and I have asthma which is being exasperated by these conditions as well making life much harder for us both.
We’ve both started putting in applications for county jobs and I’ve got an interview for one county job next week. Yesterday we went to Santa Cruz to get job applications for Santa Cruz Metro, which has some nice job openings as well. We’re both going to keep putting in for other decent paying jobs with benefits as well until either of us land something that pays good. We’ll probably be moving before this year is over. We are going to try and stick near the water (we live near the Monterey/Santa Cruz Peninsula). But I don’t think we can stick it out where we are for more than a year.
In the meantime, I’ve got 6-7 more weeks of class after this break is over. Don’t know how much writing I’ll be able to get done, so I’m going to say flat out that “The Door” will NOT be released in May as originally planned. I’m aiming for September to release it and then do a second release in December involving “The Vampyre Blogs”.
At this point I’m undecided which tale of “The Vampyre Blogs” to release. I have a complete 1st draft of a novel and a novelette. Both are going to be getting proofread and edited during the next few weeks and will be more than ready to be released in December. The novelette is a Christmas story I posted on my other blog “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” last year. I am planning on making illustrations for the story to make it more special in book form. The novel would be the normal style I’ve put out before.
I could use some feedback from you all on what you’d like to see come out first. So I’m attaching a link to a survey so you can help guide my decision:
That’s all I have to say for now. I just want to say thank you all for continuing to read this blog and I look forward to hearing back from you soon. Take care and keep writing.
First off, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year’s Eve. We’ve gotten through another year, and I hope that whatever you do to celebrate tonight, please be safe.
This past year has been another interesting one, especially with the release of the second novel in my Para-Earth Series. “The Ship” has gotten a number of 5 star reviews and has been hailed as better its predecessor “The Bridge”. Although both are connected, each novel stands on its own and can be sampled for free at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. For those wondering, I’ve made the first 30 pages of each novel available for sampling (that’s right, I don’t skimp).
I also created a new blog titled “The Vampyre Blogs – Private Edition” (link: http://thevampyreblogs.blogspot.com/), which serves as a preview of my next venture into the Para-Earth Series. On this blog you can meet my first vampyre character, who shares many strengths and weakness of the creatures of legend, but is decidedly NOT undead. I’ve been posting short story entries on that blog to help introduce him and several other characters who will appear in the novel itself. However, none of the entries on the blog will be appearing in the novel.
Looking forward to the coming year, one of my goals is to release book #3 “The Door” which will reunite the characters from my first 2 books as well as placing them all in new dangers from old foes they thought vanquished. Underlying mysteries and loose threads from the first two novels will also be addressed as one character’s entire life will be explained and changed forever. I’m hoping to release “The Door” towards the end of May.
Also planned for release in October/December of 2015, will be “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home”, the first in that part of my Para-Earth Series. *Note: I will continue to also release short stories which will act as supplemental material, on the blog site itself.*
I am also currently trying to decide whether or not to try placing “The Bridge” and/or “The Ship” into the Kindle Unlimited program. Neither has been doing very well in sales for the past few months in spite of all my advertising. A part of me is getting the impression that people are unwilling to take a risk on a little-known author. Whereas in the Kindle Unlimited program, people can ‘borrow’ as many e-books as they like for a set yearly fee. The author’s get a percentage every time their book is ‘borrowed’ earning more money and gaining new readers.
But the downside would be I’d have to remove the books I place into the program from Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and other non-kindle places. So I really could use some feedback from all of you as to whether or not I should take such a drastic step. Therefore I ask you all to leave your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below. You are my audience and are very important to me. I don’t want any of you getting short-changed because of any decision I make. I’d also like to hear from any authors who are already in the program and wish to share their experiences.
Anyway, this is all I have to say for now as we all get ready to close out 2014. I look forward to hearing from you all in 2015 as I continue to share my knowledge and experiences on this winding road of book publishing.
“Okay, so where do I go next?”
That’s the question I’ve been asking myself a lot during the week-long break I had from my studies at CSUMB. I managed to finally put the 2nd draft of “The Vampyre Blogs – Coming Home” (the new official title of my 1st vampyre novel) and am currently reading it aloud to my wife Helen. I’m already seeing areas that definitely need more work and rewriting, but her reactions to most of the scenes have been very positive. Plus she’s also providing me with some feedback on one of the characters who she actually created. There will be a third and possibly a fourth draft before I unleash anything on my beta-readers. Luckily I’ve got time since the book isn’t going to be released until next fall at the earliest.
In the meantime I really want to get back to “The Door” which is the third book of mine that will feature Alex, Veronica, Cassie and Julie. This book will wrap up most of the unanswered questions from “The Bridge” and “The Ship”. We’ll see the final showdown with the mysterious white-haired man who tried to defend the creature inside the bridge and then followed Cassie and Julie all the way to Santa Cruz. I will also reveal the ghostly Brandon’s secret and why he has watched over Cassie all her life. The mysterious return of Rachel’s baby will also be explained, considering she was dying when we last saw her. But I will also be sowing seeds for future books as well, so expect some new characters and mysteries to be unveiled.
However, for now I must think mainly about my studies at school. I’ve been taking four classes this semester and three of them do NOT have finals, thank God. However, my Statistics class has a cumulative final which more than makes up for the others not having final exams. I must get a 65 or better on the final to pass the class even though I’ve already got a “A” grade in it for all my other work. I hate classes that have that rule. It puts so much more pressure on a person.
Anyway the exam is scheduled for December 15th, so less than two weeks away. So I’ll be doing a lot of reviewing and studying, as well as wrapping up the other classes which also have assignments due before the next two weeks are done. So as you can see I’ve got quite a lot on my plate already.
I still hope to put out a Christmas short story involving Nathaniel (my vampyre), Jason Cloudfoot (yes this story is being set in the past so he’s still alive), Police Chief Roy Peterson, his new second-in-command Veronica Ross, and a very young Julie. Expect ghosts (perfect for a Christmas story), mystery, and some touching moments.
Until then, I’ll be posting when I can and probably running holiday sale or two. So stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the season and keep writing everyone.