So here it is, a fresh chance to fill our plates and chomp down on another year. All in all 2016 hasn’t been bad for me. I’ve written a few more books and sold some too, In my world that always makes life good.
I’m also looking forward to grappling with new challenges in 2017. I’ve recently begun dictating my stories using a voice-typing program. It takes my spoken words and translates them into letters on the computer screen. I look forward to improving those results. While the computer’s typing accuracy far exceeds my own, it sometimes doesn’t quite catch what I’ve said. Instead, it produces a word that’s nothing like what I intended. But that’s okay. No one’s perfect, not even a computer. Obviously, I must learn to speak more clearly.
Far more important to me is what lies ahead In the coming year for Hetty Fox and Melanie Hart. I’m looking forward to seeing how they handle their challenges and resolve their problems. For I’m only the messenger, folks. These women have minds of their own and enjoy exercising them. They almost never let me dictate what they do and where they go. The only thing we unerringly agree on is that the bad guy or gal must be caught and justice served.
So on that note I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year filled with lots of wonderful and exciting reads.Thanks for stopping by, and to learn when my latest books come out be sure to follow this blog.
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Thanks for reading, and if you’re a fiction writer, may all the words you produce today be golden.
This just in from the Smashwords blog, via owmer, Mark Coker:
Your books are are touching people. In the last four weeks at the Apple iBookstore and Barnes & Noble alone, Smashwords books were downloaded over 6 million times. The day may yet come when Smashwords authors reach more readers than the authors of all the Big 6 publishers combined.
Our books are selling, too. Smashwords retailers will sell $18 to $20 million worth of your ebooks this year. The majority of those sales dollars will flow into our authors’ and publishers’ pockets.
I must admit I’m enjoying my time with Smashwords. I’ve gone from someone who published a few words which I put out for free. (I mean, who’s going to buy a self-pubbed author’s book, right?) Now though, after I noticed how many times my free works were downloaded, I’m charging 99 cents for the novel and receiving dividends for doing so.
God bless Smashwords. As a retired small-town journalist, the money from my one novel is so welcome. Plus, it’s grand fun! People are reading my works. I am thrilled.
Bully for Smashwords, and bully for me! I love being part of Smashword’s astounding march toward a new publishing future. And I am enjoying the small fruits of my labors and hoping for more to come from two more novels, which I will hopefully finish soon..