Hurray! My audible book is now available for sale

My audible book is for sale!!! Anyone interested in giving it a review can email for the free codes to download.

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When a Stranger Comes…has made the short list on Read for book of the month. Please help me out and go there and vote for it. Follow this link:

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“It is what it is” and other stupid platitudes

I grew up in the ’50s during the cold war when we had air raid drills in case of a nuclear explosion. I remember hiding under my desk or going out into the hallway as if we could really be protected from an A-bomb or H-bomb. That’s how stupid we were. The United States tried using diplomacy and nuclear buildup so that wouldn’t happen. We as Americans were powerless. Today, children in schools are given drills to protect them from an active shooter with an automatic weapon who attacks anyone within sight. Big difference between then and now. We as Americans are not powerless. We can vote people out who will not change the laws to ban automatic weapons as they had once been banned, and we must. These weapons have but one use…to kill. To kill as many people in a short period of time as you can. They are not for hunting, they are for war. Allowing them for public consumption is just as stupid as telling my young-self that hiding under my school desk will protect me from an A-bomb.

I also lived through the Nixon years. I wasn’t into politics much then. I had mixed feelings about the Vietnam war at that time but now I know better. All the reasons we were there had nothing to do with altruism and ideals but plain stupidity, greed, and power (a form of greed). I watched the Nixon impeachment hearings spellbound. Could our American government be that corrupt? Could our president really act like a thug, treat the office as if he were a crime boss? Surround himself with such shady characters in his cabinet? I was glad when that phase in our country was finished and we could get back to being a democratic republic. How were we that stupid to elect and re-elect a guy like that?

And yet. Here we are.

Once again the American people have demonstrated that they’re comfortable having an authoritarian dictator than a president. Even after this president-in-name only behaves criminally they make excuses. Even after it is common knowledge that a foreign adversary got him elected and he is inviting that kind of help again, there are Americans who support him, party affiliates who put party country. Will we always be stupid? We will soon find out.

In the publishing world where I spend my time trying not to be stupid, I remain stupid as well. I fall for the promo sites that are expensive thinking that they must have lots of subscribers to justify their high prices. I would recommend staying away from spending $129 to Kindle Nation Daily. If your book is priced at 99C they will also advertise it on Book Gorilla for no additional charge. Well, that seemed good. But no. All I sold was 6 books, which is a horrible ROI. Ebooks Hound is another one. Cost is $60 for 3 books sold at 99C.

I guess we are all stupid sometimes.

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It’s a scary jungle out there for self-published authors

You would think I would have learned my lesson by now. But I know I’m still a babe in the woods hoping I can find the magic promotion that will translate into brisk sales. My book, When a Stranger Comes… is a gripping read that also has an important message about greed. So I fall for all the promos touting their ability to garner sales.  I try and try and find myself being scammed again and again. I’m spending money out of my comfort zone thinking I have to do that for a good return. The only ones making a buck are the companies scamming me.

There is a way to fight back however. A person can file a claim against a company through PayPal. I did that recently and was refunded my entire amount of purchase. When a promotion company promises ads in magazines, a media kit, exposure with bloggers and will not send one link or copy of the media kit, there is a problem and PayPal agreed. In another case, I asked for a refund and got it from the company. I am now trying to get my money back from a company that saids it knows how to write Amazon ads.  An expensive try for me with zero return.

I would much rather have the promos work than get a refund. The quick excuse is my cover stinks. But the book has great reviews and won an award. Doesn’t that count for anything? On one book tour the audience posted out that they LIKED the cover. So go figure.

It’s a conundrum this self-publishing business. My book is quality literature but in my assessment it’s the crap that sells for 99c or given away in self-publishing that gets readers.   Until my dying breath, I will keep trying to gain readership. What else can I do? Maybe I’ll catch on, may be I won’t.

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