Read my work for FREE on Wattpad! (Reaper I: The Dark Thing and Beware the Silence [SotNL Series])

November 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys!

Long time, no talky-talky, I know.

And I have only the poorest of excuses.

There was the whole moving thing, just before the snow began to fall.

No shortage of work at my full-time job.

Then there was work setting up my desk, sorting through files to find the most recently saved version of the projects I am working on (laptop to desktop transfer was challenging/entertaining/frustrating).

Then there was Life. Love. Nanowrimo, which I love, and has been a big part of my life this entire November. I wrote over 40,000 words in 20 days, most of them words of revision/editing, some of them very VERY good words… Which means, that if we’re 20 days into November, I have ten days left to work on the revision of Reaper I – III, and I can proudly say she’s over 75,000 words long at current count, with new characters, new scenes, new conflict, and a much wider range of emotions and experiences (let’s face it, she was pretty one-dimensional at times). She also has a token, a talisman now — I’ll see if her readers can figure out what that is.

I’m sure that some of you are aware that I am re-writing Reaper to make her better than ever.

As promised, she now takes place in Toronto, instead of nameless, faceless, vaguely represented “The City”.

You can read the first 8 full-length chapters of her adventures on Wattpad (right off of the website, or on the Wattpad app for your assorted devices) at:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/26797837-reaper-i-the-dark-thing

Please, feel free to comment within Wattpad on what you think of the improvements I’ve made to Reaper – I am looking for constructive feedback so that I can see whether or not I’m on the right track. She will always remain true to her voice, and nature, and goals, and drive, but if she has some terrible flaws that I just can’t seem to see, I would love to know it prior to, oh I don’t know, knocking on doors to find an agent to represent the work or an editor to take a gamble on her.

I am planning on releasing a minimum of one story per week, most likely on Tuesday or Thursday nights. It is the commitment I’ve made to the book, and the commitment I’ve made to myself. Writing is my first love, and loving boyfriend is most understanding 🙂 He’s a keeper.

Reaper I: The Dark Thing will make its debut on Wattpad, week by week, chapter by chapter, until it’s done…

It’s been up for 3 days and it’s already had about 60 reads: not bad, considering it’s a completely unknown restricted 18+ novel floating in an ocean of PG-13 One Direction fanfiction on the Wattpad website 🙂  Not sure what will come of launching it on Wattpad, whether Samantha Bennet will gain a following of loyal fans or not, but three days in, her author has 0 followers, and is still largely unfamiliar with what to expect as far as statistics…

My strategy?

For now: post my revised stories, completely free of charge, and let destiny take the wheel.

I will make a point of removing my the rest of eBooks and Print books from amazon, lulu and smashwords over the winter months.

At the moment, the other offering I have on Wattpad is a short story of mine that might tickle your fancy: Beware the Silence, it’s the ten-seconds of spotlight in a werewolf tale that takes place in Northern Manitoba that two characters wouldn’t otherwise get in the larger WIP that they are from (Josephine’s Story) — my super-secret series SotNL.

It appeared in an anthology recently: An Unkindness of Ravens by the Thompson Writers’ Guild.

You can read Beware the Silence here:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/26762882-beware-the-silence-a-cautionary-tail-from-a-larger

I figured out my Twitter password, long forgotten, shame on me, so you will see more frequent updates there @amandamaholt

Any recommendations on where else I should promote my free stories?

Where do you guys go mining for free/affordable story gems?

Happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt, Amateur Authoress

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Reaper VII: Soul Talker now “live” for download from Amazon (Kindle)!

February 19, 2013 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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So…

…….after a lengthy wait, I have, for your reading pleasure, edited and released Reaper VII: Soul Talker, the next installment in my Reaper Series following the adventures of nephalim vigilante Samantha Bennet!

At 61, 800 words, this is a bit longer than most volumes in my Reaper Series, which i think is what a lot of my readers were hoping for.

Currently, this novel is available only on Kindle from Amazon (amazon.co.uk, amazon.ca, amazon.com, amazon.de, et al) — however, in 90 days’ time, i will be making it available via Smashwords, who distributes to Apple and other platforms.

I hope that you enjoy this one!

I had a lot of fun sorting out ways to ruin Samantha’s life… but also, to place a dim flickering light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of a new, powerful and resourceful ally!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Neophyte Self-Editor-Publisher

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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 IV: Daddy *FREE download until February 2, 2012*

January 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photo by Jimmy Thomas, romancenovelcovers.com

So…

……Reaper IV: Daddy is available at Amazon (Kindle format) for FREE from now until February 2, 2012!

You can get it at http://www.amazon.com/Reaper-IV-Daddy-ebook/dp/B0072QNG3I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327860950&sr=8-1

No reviews on it yet, so by all means, leave one once you’ve read it!

According to a Kindle Direct Publishing report, 450+ people have already downloaded it!

This is as close to childbirth that I ever want to get…breathing life into ideas and delivering them to the world in the form of an eBook for their amusement…

Enjoy!

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress Who Slept in Until Noon *lol*

…(and who is now hoping to use her Sunday afternoon to do laundry and create some fiction!)

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Reaper III free promo January 22 – January 26

January 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

photo by Jimmy Thomas, RNC

So….

……..as you know, Reaper III: Rookies went live today….

…….and as I promised, there will be a 5 day free promotion period…

…….so I programmed it in to my promotions manager tool…………..

…….Reaper III will be available for FREE download January 22 – 26, on the heels of the free promos for Reaper 1 & 2…..

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Fledgling Marketer and Night Shift Worker With An Ortho Appointment This Afternoon

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A not-so-secret secret…

January 21, 2012 at 9:47 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

 

photo by Jimmy Thomas, RNC

So….

……..I’m uploading Reaper III: Rookies tonight! As in, within the next hour!

I have to work night shifts this weekend, so i’m staying up later tonight to adjust and am using my time wisely, being productive….

ANYWAY, just gotta write the blurb and whatnot, and Reaper III will be available for download on Amazon within about 48 hours.

As soon as I get my ducks in a row, I will figure out a good “free promotion” period (I’m thinking from Monday January 23 to Friday January 27….what do YOU think? I’m allotted five days, and am thinking maybe it’s best to get Reaper III out and known while there’s still interest brewing for Reaper I & II???)

So what will a reader find in Reaper III?

That Samantha Bennet has some very human feelings, concerns, and needs.

And that when she gets angry, she gets ruthless…

Anyway, hope you’re loving the series so far! I am!

Sincere regards and Happy Reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress, Aspiring Household Horror Icon & Fairly Decent Human Being

p.s. – there’s romance too….just in time for the (love it or hate it) Valentine’s season…

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Free eBook Promotion!

December 23, 2011 at 3:49 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So…

I’ve extended my free eBook promotion from Dec 25 – Dec 27.

That means Her Man, Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie, Shades of Grey: Prologue, Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil, and the Deal will all be free of charge from 0000 Pacific Time December 25 to 2359 Pacific Time December 27.

Tell your friends!

And enjoy, my gift to you!

Amanda M. Holt

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