Reaper I – V: The First Collection ~ Download it for FREE tomorrow!

February 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….I just programmed the first FREE promotion for Reaper I – V: The First Collection at Amazon.

You can get this 127,000 word volume FREE February 29 (Leap Year, as I promised certain individuals) and March 1, 2012.

What exactly are you downloading for free?

The Kindle collection of Reaper I: The Beginning, Reaper II: Neophyte, Reaper III: Rookies, Reaper IV: Daddy, Reaper V: To Skins!!!

And just what is Reaper?

A better question to ask is, what is a Reaper.

Or better yet, who is the Reaper…

Visit the link at  http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-First-Collection-ebook/dp/B007ET7UZ8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1330467037&sr=8-2  for the book blurb, to view the first few pages, and whatnot.

As always, sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Aspiring Household Paranormal/Action-Adventure Icon *lol*

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Reaper V: Two Skins — FREE download Leap Year & March 1st!

February 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

 

So….

…….I finished the edit for Reaper V: Two Skins yesterday, wrote the copy/blurb, and uploaded it to Amazon!

It will be available for FREE download February 29 & March 1st!

If you are looking to turn a friend unto my Reaper Series, I am releasing the first five books in the collection sometime this week (if I get my butt in gear this morning, it too may end up FREE Leap Year and March 1st! Otherwise, it is going to retail for $3.99, basically like getting one of the five novellas for free!  Amazon allows 5 days of free download promotions, and I will advertise the days that you can get my releases for free on this Blog and via twitter!).

I guess I should get to work on that!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress Who Is Somewhat Inspired This Early A.M. (it’s 6:35am here right now… a truly ungodly time to be up on a day off!)

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Reaper V: WIP (Work In Progress)

February 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

…….I’m about 75% finished polishing, tweeking, steering and otherwise editing Reaper V: To Skins (which i am hereby re-naming Two Skins, because it makes so much more sense). With “To Skin” I was trying to imply that this practice involved something being adhered/writ literally “to the skin” or “to skins”.  Two Skins (having two skins) is a so much more simple, beautiful, and self-explanatory concept.

I really hope that readers will enjoy this installment, which I hope to have out for by Leap Year (and as a Free read on Amazon somewhere around that time).  I think that I will offer Reaper V: Two Skins for free for about a three day period (instead of five) and reserve the remaining two days for another block of time (a random weekend somewhere).

I’m still experimenting with trying to figure out if there’s a pattern of peaks and troughs where readers choose to download Free ebooks (some weekends seem busier than others, some weekdays have shown far more of a surge of interest than weekends).

Any-hoo, it’s Friday, which means payday in the real world —- and bills to pay.

Sincere regards, and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Full Time Tax Payer, Sometimes Chocolate Cake With Peanut Butter Icing Maker-And-Eater

 

 

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I lied!!!

February 7, 2012 at 10:06 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……in a previous post, I stated that I only had about $650 in sales Dec – Jan.

I just looked up my sales on the Kindle Direct Publishing account website…approx $700 in sales in USD, $70 GBP, and $25 in Euros.  I really must learn to understand the monetary systems a bit better!

I expect that the first week of February will result in approx $70USD in sales and European sales approx $15 in assorted monies.

Anotherwords, off to a slow start, but little progress is still progress, and at least I am building a readership with my $0.99USD priced books and free promotions (where the BIG download numbers occur, in the 10’s of thousands!)!!!

Yes, it would be nice to one day be able to write to support my writing, and write alone, but for now I have to keep my day job! lol It’s a day job I love, so it’s one that I will likely keep until, if, and when my writing income becomes the greater earning power, allowing me the luxury – and priviledge – of being to work primarily as an author whose success (or failure) is at the entire mercy of their reading audience.

That being said, I apologize for my previous inaccurate account of my Amazon sales.  Since this Blog is written in part to chronicle the ups & downs of an amateur author, I was almost certain that someone would appreciate hearing the honest numbers involved in my endeavour (35% royalties for books priced under $2.99USD; 70% royalties for books priced over $2.99 USD through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing). 

I am keeping my single installments of Reaper Series (paranormal/horror for adult audience), Shades of Grey (paranormal/horror for adults), and Getting Lucky (erotica series) priced at $0.99, so I am getting 35% of $0.99 or roughly $0.34 per sale there.  Stand alone titles (such as Her Man [romance] and The Deal [erotica/paranormal]) will also likely remain at $0.99.  I will offer larger collections in the future, which I expect to be priced at approx $3.99 for Reaper I – V and possibly $2.99 or $3.99 for the Shades of Grey I – V collection.

I am going to be selecting a charitable organization with each title, to whom I am going to give a portion of the royalites collected.  I estimate this amount will be between 7% and 10% per royalty.  I will calculate and distribute this amount at the end of every year.

With February/March being the income tax season here in Canada, I am of course concerned about making sure that I accurately report all of my income, expenses, etc. At the moment, my writing income is very small. My expenses have put me in a “loss” situation for 2011 (through the purchase of software, new laptop, printer, filing cabinet x 2, office supplies [i.e. printer cartridge, paper, pens, mouse, keyboard, flash drves, external HD, etc], and other incidentals). 

I look forward to working with the very patient and knowledgable staff at H & R Block to help me figure out those receipts I need to keep track of, and those I don’t — etc. It’s all very…..complex.  Capital losses and write offs and whatnot.  But that’s what the Tax Literate are for.  I fall into the category of Tax Illiterate.  But i’m working on that!

Anyway, my self-assigned break is over, so it’s time to hit the floor and do a round.

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Night Nurse and Taxation Neophyte

p.s. Reaper V due out on or around February 29! WIll try to promote FREE at that time!  Are you excited? I’m excited! Number V already! Whoot-whoot!

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Reaper V due out by February 29, 2012

February 5, 2012 at 10:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

……I solemnly swear that I will do my amateur author’s best to have Reaper V: To Skins out for my wonderful reading audience by no later than February 29, 2012 — Leap Year!

I’m trying to get two shifts juggled around at my real-world-day job, not necessarily so I can get more writing done (although it WOULD be nice) but because I need a bit of a break after my stretch of 8 nights (some of which are 12 hour shifts).  [Side Note: Never in my life have I felt more kinship with the mythology of the vampire….up all night, sleeping all day (with as little sunlight to interrupt said sleep as possible)… makes it appropriate to be writing about Samantha Bennet, supernatural cop with a night-time vigilante gig —- ya, that’s a mouthful, but it’s an INTERESTING mouthful!…]

I’ve got a lot of work to do to make Reaper V as amazing as I envision – and want – it to be.  I aspire to reach or exceed this goal.  Thanks to the reviews left by readers on the various websites (and Amazon’s own website) I feel more able to navigate the gauntlet of writing woes….and also, may have learned from your input such things as how to avoid offending you & repulsing you.  Also such things as how to succeed at keeping you interested, intriguing you and entertaining you!

I’m an amateur.  Possibly one who is a little delusional if she thinks that she can pull off a writing career sans editor and Big 6 publishing house. That being said, I’m still surfing the learning curve and likely will be for the rest of said writing career.

Gladly, i can report that I’ve been making sales!

The majority of my book downloads from Amazon.com have been “FREE” downloads.  This is roughly 35,000 copies’ worth by my estimate.  Approximately 1,500 have been sales of between $2.99 – $0.99, resulting in royalties of between $2.10 and $0.34 (the majority of which have been of the $0.99USD variety, so let’s just say approx $600 in sales across USD, Euros, and Pounds). $600 will help cover some of the expenses incurred, such as the Office 2010 software and Dragon naturally Speaking software (which, sadly, I have not been using as much as I had hoped — great software, I just have a lisp from my braces which makes for a steep learning curve for commands and other features!). Another 100+ sales have not been sales but “borrows” from the Amazon Prime program.  The borrows translate into (s0 far) approx $1.70 USD per borrow.

I have yet to see an actual red cent from Amazon (cheques are mailed 60 days after publication, apparently), and I published in early December. Also, you have to accumulate to $100USD before recieving USD funds, $100 Euro before you recieve Euro funds, etc.  Then, there is the 30% witholding tax that the IRS maintains….

Suffice to say, that area of ye olde self-publishing learning curve is also relatively turbulent.

Ok.

My psuedo-break at work is over.

Time to do a round.

Sincere regards and happy reading,

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Aspiring Household Paranormal/Horror/Hero Literary Icon & (Tonight) Night Nurse

p.s. – I intend to keep all of my single Reaper installments at $0.99USD.  When I release 5-installment collections (coming soon!) I will be charging a modest $3.99, so it’s basically like getting one installment free.  This price may change as I assess consumer interest…er…reader satisfaction. 🙂

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